Today was the launch of something very special in the world of Falmouth Illustration... Wunderkammer 2018!
"Wunderkammer" is a collaborative publication by third year Illustration students. Each of us has chosen a theme, and illustrated a page within the book. As a whole, there is no consistent theme, so to speak - however, the German word "wunderkammer", by definition, means: "a place where a collection of curiosities and rarities is exhibited". Each page becomes an item within the cabinet of curiosities - the book becoming the cabinet, of course!
Many strange topics and traditions were illustrated within the pages of Wunderkammer, and my page was no less strange. Being Welsh, I had a pretty hefty selection of traditions to choose from, and many that my classmates and tutors would never have heard of before. Here's what I came up with:
Mari Lwyd: a, mid-winter tradition where the skull of a horse, adorned with cloth, flowers and ribbons, is paraded on a pole by a reveller. The Mari Lwyd challenges local families to a battle of rhyming verse.It is one of the strangest and most ancient of a number of customs with which people in Glamorgan, and Gwent use to mark the passing of the darkest days of midwinter.
Wunderkammer will be on sale at the Falmouth University Summer Shows, for £10 per copy.
You can check out more images of my Wunderkammer work HERE.