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The Picts: Art and History

The Picts: Art and History

A while back I had the fortune to travel around Scotland with some good friends, and tick a few more sites and projects of the bucket list.  Scotland is by far the Celtic nation with the strongest visual identity. Tartan, men in skirts, bagpipes, long swords, blue face paint (thank you Braveheart), and last but not least.. the thistle. Here we’re going to discuss some of the origins of the Scots and the fascinating and mysterious people, the Picts.   This will be a quick summary of Pictish history and artistic culture, and then I’ll bring some lesser known details...

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Winter Solstice Cave Party

Winter Solstice Cave Party

You may remember that towards the end of last year we held a competition for anyone buying the Mari Lywd Enamel Pin where the winners would get to attend our Winter Solstice party. A few lucky individuals attended our event in the darkest hours of December, somewhere in Wales, where we sang ancient songs in an atmospheric cave lit only by firelight.

As promised, we are going to share some of the footage taken from that evening for you now.

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Vikings and tattoos: An interview with Neil Price by Sean Parry

Vikings and tattoos: An interview with Neil Price by Sean Parry

If the Vikings had tattoos, what would they have looked like? We will probably never know. And this element of mystery is what always drew me to the early medieval dark ages and pre history. I’ve always liked that it gives more room for the imagination.

I had always wanted to put the question forward of the logistics of tattooing in the Viking age to an expert, and thankfully the opportunity finally popped up!

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