I am excited to announce Eulalee Leather's first collection for 2019: The Lunar, Death's-Head Hawkmoth Moth and Poppy Collection. It is all about the darkness and renewal.
The Poppy has been a long running theme for me. To me it is one of the essential symbols I go back to again and again. I am attracted to the poppy because of how insect like they are and their deep colour. Poppies are symbols for sleep, peace, and death. Sleep because the opium extracted from them is a sedative and death because of the blood-red colour of the typical red poppy. Poppies are used as offerings to the dead and remembrance for those who have died in war.
The Death's-Head Hawkmoth is a subject I have been waiting to delve a bit deeper in. I spend a lot of time looking at moths and they are wild especially when you see some of the caterpillars they come from check this out! Seriously they are out of some kind of psychedelic glass and hair universe. It is wonderful to be remind of the diverse ways life shows up on earth. Anyways what I am saying is moths really remind me of the magic of our existence. Moths are sacred and powerful creatures that represent death. They can bring messages from our ancestors of protection and love. A symbol of the spirit because of their eternal pursuit of the moonlight.
I have also added in the moon cycle as a background element because let's just be totally explicit with the death and renewal. I have also added in some jewels, like morning dew, the abundance of nature.
I don't have an agenda when I decide on a theme I just let my curiosity lead me I was a bit surprised how on the surface all of these elements have themes of death but it does make sense in the darkest time of the year my muse would take me there. But I think more importantly these supposedly deathly symbols invigorate me and make me feel full of life. I look at Moths, Poppies and the Moon cycle and feel the awe of creation, maybe the poets got them wrong.
The drawings are in so let the carving begin. I am planning to release these bags the beginning of February I am only doing one of each bag shape the collection will have 7 shapes in totally. If you would like to be notified when these bags are ready to find their forever homes sign up for my newsletter or join my social networks below. Thanks!