Marja-Leena Rathje
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twelfth night


inkjet print, frottage and drawing with conte 19.5 x 19.5 cm

Happy Twelfth Night!

Related: Twelfth Day post of 2006

Marja-Leena | 06/01/2012 | 6 comments
themes: Being an Artist, Culture, Drawings, Printmaking


An old English custom was the Yule log would be lit on Christmas Day and remained burning until Twelfth Night in order to bring good fortune to the house for the coming year. Its charred remains were kept, both to kindle the next year's Yule log, as well as to protect the house from fire and lightning.

The print is very beautiful.

Happy 12th Night and may you be safe and well the whole year through.

Susan, I think I've heard about that Yule log tradition but did not remember that the charred remains were kept. I wonder where, a tin box or something? Aren't some of those ancient folk customs fascinating?

Thank you, glad you like the print and rubbing, and for the good wishes! I hope you have found something interesting to make a rubbing from, perhaps in honour of Twelfth Night?

That really looks like burn marks on stone.

Zhoen, I see what you mean... or like charcoal from a campfire...

And to you, ML! Funny, 12th Night made me feel a bit low until quite recently, now it I like it, the space revealed by the removal of Christmas clutter seems promising.

Lucy, I know that feeling. I will miss all the lights, indoors and out, the most at this dark time of year. We're taking everything down today, a little later than usual.