Ariel’s Song: Come unto these yellow sands

Ariel’s song, with its dreamy allusions to water, flight, music, and affection, was taken as an open invitation to artists to depict this magical scene visually, especially among the pre-Raphaelites. Come ...
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Oberon and Titania as Artist Muses

The King and Queen of Fairyland in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oberon and Titania are two of the most prominent fairies in literary history. In Shakespeare’s play, the two fairies have ...
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Brigid Ashwood, Steampunk Fairy Artist and Writer

Brigid Ashwood is an artist and writer known for her beautiful portraiture, fantasy aesthetic, and steampunk sensibilities. Her visual work has appeared in Faerie Magazine, Imagine FX, Watercolor Faeries, and she is ...
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In Fairyland: The Beloved Work of Richard “Dicky” Doyle

Richard “Dicky” Doyle, 1824-1883, was one of the most beloved and prolific fairyland illustrators of the Victorian era. Though known for illustrating adult ...
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Where Do Fairy Rings Come From?

Perfect circles of mushrooms... Round, odd patches of dead lawn... Extra-bright green rings of growth in the grass... Centuries-old folklore ...
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William Shakespeare said…

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting, Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing, For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble." - ...
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Shakespeare’s Reinvention of Changeling Lore

The folklore of Changelings is most often bleak, dark, and horrific. They are stories of fairies kidnapping babies and young children for their own evil personal gain ...
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William Shakespeare said…

"O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you. She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes In shape no bigger than an agate stone On the forefinger of an alderman, Drawn with a ...
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Behind the Masks

Cyndy Salisbury, a self-taught mask maker, showcases her exquisitely detailed masks in her Etsy shop, The Art of the Mask. Drawing inspiration from numerous sources including nature, literature, opera, and myth, ...
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Lisa Mantchev on the inspiration for her Théâtre Illuminata series

“The entire book started with the single sentence: ‘The fairies flew on wires despite their tendency to get tangled together,’” explains Lisa Mantchev, author of the Théâtre Illuminata series: Eyes Like ...
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