"Brigid's Cross" in Cast Paper
☆ Original design, handmade & hand-painted.
☆ Beautiful Irish Gift
☆ The Keepsake Story is on the back to cherish forever.
☆ Beautifully matted with a high-quality frame option.
☆ Cast Paper art has a unique dimension and striking beauty.
This work of art is 10" x 10" display size and is intended to be displayed as wall decor.
☙The Keepsake Story ❧
This straw woven cross is associated with Brigid of Kildare, a patron saint of Ireland, and with an older pagan goddess Brigid as a sun wheel.
It is said to protect a home from fire and is often hung in kitchens for that purpose.
☙ What is Cast Paper? ❧
Cast Paper is handmade paper that is molded to create dimension. The process I use is self-developed and unique.
■ Step 1 - I carve an original out of wax. This can take a very long time depending on the size of the piece.
■ Step 2 - I make a rubber mold from the original carving. Multiple castings can be made from a mold.
■ Step 3 - We take 100% cotton fiber and grind it with water to a workable pulp. This pulp is worked and pressed into the mold.
■ Step 4 - The casting is dried, trimmed, and checked for imperfections. Not all casting makes it past this step.
■ Step 5 - The dried castings are hand-painted with high-quality acrylic pigments. This is where I spend most of my time.
■ Step 6 - Each casting is beautifully mounted for display.
☙ More About Brigid's Cross ❧
Brigid's Cross is a Celtic cross traditionally associated with the Irish holiday of Imbolc. The holiday, also called Candlemas, is celebrated on February 2nd and marks the beginning of spring. Brigid's Cross is usually made from rushes or straw and is hung in homes to protect against fire and disease. The cross gets its name from the Celtic goddess Brigid, who was known for her healing powers. In Irish mythology, Brigid was the daughter of the god Dagda and was said to be able to cure illnesses and bring people back from the dead. She was also a skilled smith and poet, and her symbols include the cow, the serpent, and the forge. Today, Brigid's Crosses can be found all over Ireland and are often used as decorations for Imbolc celebrations. Many believe that hanging a cross in their home will bring them good luck and protection from harm.
☙ What are my matting and framing options? ❧
● Mat Options. This work of art is mounted for display on an acid-free mat board with a top mat and a liner mat. A hidden foam spacer is between the mats and back to create depth for the artwork. The color options are listed from top to bottom. For example, Black-Gold-Maroon would be a black top mat, a gold liner mat, and a maroon bottom mat. Regardless of frame choice, you will receive mats.
● No Frame Option. You may choose to receive this work without a frame. You will still get the mats and they will be ready to frame but can not be hung until it is framed. You will need a canvas depth frame to frame this on your own. Framing can be costly and difficult for thicker items like this. I only recommend this option if you are familiar with what framing entails.
● Framed Option. You may choose to have your item framed. We frame in high-quality black anodized aluminum frames with glass. This no-hassle option is ready to hang. I strongly recommend this option for items that are intended as gifts.
☙ About the Artist ❧
-Kevin Dyer. Céad Míle Fáilte!! That means 100,000 welcomes in Irish. I am a self-taught artist who has been blessed with a full-time art career dating back to the 1970s. I am originally from the west coast but have lived in Georgia since the ’70s. I have experimented with almost every medium you can think of but found my place in making cast paper in the early ‘90s. I love almost every culture of antiquity but found my roots in Celtic-style art. I find most of my inspiration today from Celtic culture, nature, and fantasy. I spend most of my days at home making art. My daughter, Logan, works with me full-time, and every day I pass more and more of the skills I have learned down to her.
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☙ Shop Policies ❧
I guarantee complete satisfaction with every piece. If something is not satisfactory, please get in touch with me and I will exchange or refund. I can only refund the original purchaser, I will only exchange items received as gifts. Items that have been shipped internationally or buyer error returns/exchanges will have a shipping charge.