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Well the last few days have not felt very summery, but I conceived this idea when it was!

Solstice – the longest day of the year, a moment in time when the power of the Oak King is at his peak, when night time is still bright time, especially the further North you go.

For this piece I was thinking of celtic crosses, and sun wheels, and the Fates, (the Moirai, or the Norns) – three goddesses controlling the thread of fate that weaves and binds us together, and dictates our pathway.  A red thread, the thread spun by Clotho, pierces the paper, stitches the sun cross together, and emerges.  This thread symbolises the link between all my solstices, binding these days together through memories, and intentions.  It is neither knotted or tied off, and although the physical constraints of the piece limit the length of thread, essentially there is no beginning and no end.

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Stone cross on Dartmoor (Devon)
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A more ‘modern’ celtic cross, 19th c., commemorating Sir Thomas Acland, in the grounds of Killerton House.

Celtic stone crosses can be found across the so called ‘celtic’ areas of Britain, I am most familiar with those in Cornwall, some of which are quite short, stubby and plain in contrast to the highly decorative and intricately carved examples you are likely to see in an internet search! They are Christian in origin, though I wonder whether they took inspiration from the megalithic standing stones which are also prolific in these so called ‘celtic’ areas.

Marking boundaries and cross-roads these stones are a pleasure to come across, and in my image I like to think that my cross is also marking a boundary between moments in time. Set at a slight angle, it breaks the edges of the paper that hold it (another boundary), flowing free and unbound; yet also a sunbeam that illuminates the world around it.