For college, we had a project called ‘mapbook’ - it was essentially an open brief, so everyone got really involved, they all look brilliant and totally unique.
Mine is all about pre-Christian Irish myth, particularly that of the Stone/Neolithic Age (9000BC+), during Ireland’s time of matrilineal society.
Each image has it’s own story - and there’s LOTS to see.
'Áine's sun disc' (or the image in place of a compass), stands for the sun, the cycle of life and the earth's seasons - which interlinks with Ireland's 'five corners' or the old five provinces of Ireland. Today it is only Leinster, Munster, Connacht and Ulster, there used to be the sacred province, Mide, but Leinster has since taken it up. The corners of the map follow Áine’s sun disc and the symbolism of each of the four existing provinces - Leinster’s association with the beginning of Irish agriculture, Munster’s sun goddesses, life and harmony, Connacht the province of war, and Ulster, the province of death (Bith’s tomb) and winter (the resting place of the Cailleach Bheur - who just so happens to be the Irish equivalent to Scotland’s Beira, Queen of Winter).
I could go on about this forever, so if anyone has any questions, please just ask!
Double sided screenprint mapbook of mythic ireland.
P.S. I will be selling some of these prints/books at the Glasgow Zine Fest on the 29th March, so come along if you can!
© Mhairi Braden 2014 | mhillustrator
Screenprints originally made for a collaborative college project about Edinburgh’s Grassmarket. After realising it had nothing to do with the Grassmarket, we quickly put together a zine about ghosts instead.
I just got over excited after reading this:
"The earliest reference to Arthur is contained in the ancient poem The Gododdin, which refers to the Votadini people whose territories included Edinburgh.
It tells of warriors gathering to battle Northumbria’s Anglo Saxons and preparing with a whole year of festivities in Edinburgh. Each warrior is described, including Gwarrdur “who although he was not Arthur made his strength a refuge, the front line’s bulwark”.
It suggests that Arthur was already a famous hero and known in the area at the time. It’s also thought that the warriors killed in the resulting battle may have been buried on Arthur’s Seat, which also was known as the Hill of the Dead.
Another bizarre link connects the hill with Arthurian legend. In the 18th century a large hoard of Bronze Age swords and spears were found in the loch. Some, according to Donald, believed the items were simply waste from a smithy, others argued the swords could be offerings to the goddess of the lake or, indeed, the Lady of the Lake, who presented Arthur with his mighty sword, Excalibur.”
It was just as well we did something else, I rushed the screenprinting process so there are countless mistakes with them - I’ll just have to do them again! (and maybe do more of what I want since there are no restrictions anymore)
© Mhairi Braden 2013 | mhillustrator
In Edinburgh, I don’t have a TV so coming home means watching crap telly with my Dad.
Also my cat likes to sit on paper. I forgot that when I left my book wide open on the floor.
© Mhairi Braden 2013 | mhillustrator
It also comes with some ghost cow badges, which may pretty much be the best bit about it.
Over the past week our 1st and 2nd year students have been collaborating for Book Week Scotland. The result is ten beautiful books about Edinburgh’s Grassmarket.
It was really fun to be part of a collective and it would be so cool to keep doing it!
We had other ideas for this project that were a bit (a lot of a bit) off topic but we have grand plans to make another book separately for them. Keep an eye out for that.
Also, if anyone is in Edinburgh, you can see this book along with my classmates’ books on display in Analogue Books on Candlemaker Row until the end of this week (be impressed).