Monday, January 15, 2007

The Endicott Studio

Thought you all would be interested in this blog: Endicott Redux. It's the blog from the folks at The Endicott Studio, "an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to the creation and support of mythic art." Headed by Terri Windling, a writer and artist who has published over 40 books and has won seven World Fantasy Awards, the Mythopoeic Award, and the Bram Stoker Award. Midori Snyder is the co-director and author of eight books for children and adults, and recipient of the Mythopoeic Award.

Every post has something fascinating, transporting, or disturbing. Recent posts include profiles of artists Angela Barrett and Jeannie Tomanek, info on the latest issue of Clarksworld Magazine, heroes of Indian mythology, Gypsy stories, mythic weavers, and their weekly feature, the Sunday Poem.

The Endicott Studio's Journal of Mythic Arts is another great site to add to your Favorites - "An online journal exploring myth, folklore, fairy tales, and their use in contemporary arts". The current issue focuses on faerie, with essays, short fiction, poetry, and art.

vafrous: crafty; shrewd; cunning

Myths, symbols, and folklore:
fox: "In Japanese and Chinese myths, it plays a significant role as a wise, demonic, partly good, party evil animal with knowledge of magic and the ability to metamorphose into many other shapes, especially human ones; in some Indian cultures, the fox is a symbol of sexual lust; in Europe it often symbolizes cunning and slyness. In medieval art it appears as a symbol of the Devil, lies, injustice, intemperance, greed, and lust."

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