Lutruwita, which is the
traditional land owners name given
to this beautiful state of Australia,
holds a few secrets.
Some people in Lutruwita or Tasmania, have witnessed faeries for many years. Some have been merely shadows, whilst others have had closer encounters. Up until now, the sightings have been kept to family dinners and close friends.
Lady Plummage has been collecting sightings of faeries in Tasmania for many years and is now slowly releasing her interviews, describing various faeries around the state. It has taken a while for Lady Plummage to build trust with the witnesses and for them to share their story.
During the interviews the witnesses have given faery descriptions, which have been illustrated by Terry Whidborne. Further illustrations will happen as more sightings are unearthed.
No-one really knows where they have come from or how many reside in Tasmania. They seem, as described by the witnesses, to be varied in appearance.
The original owners of this land say they are not from here. Not originally.
Along with Lady Plummage, is a small dedicated team helping her mission to show the world what others have seen on this amazing little island at the bottom of the world.
It doesn’t matter how you spell it, apart from the local collection of sightings by Lady Plummage, Dr Simon Young is presently organising a census of fairy sightings. He has been doing so for the last few years and the census is residing on the Faery Investigation Society website.
So, if you have encountered a faery and would like it to be part of the wider faery sighting community, you can do the survey here. All entries are anonymous.
You can also view the previous census The Fairy Census, 2014-2017
Or if you prefer, we can pass on your sightings to Dr Simon Young directly.
Kindly put together by Terry.
With the success of the Brisbane exhibition, we are looking to have another in our home state of Tasmania. It’ll most likely be in conjunction with the release of book 2 later next year and be bigger. We are looking at special book packages, prints, original artwork by Terry, and much more.
It’ll be a matter of finding the correct venue, which fits the world of Lady Plummage.
So much happening, and so exiting.
It was exciting to hear Rayne Allinson & Mel Bush on ABC Radio, talking about the ‘Faeries of Tasmania’ book. It’s so nice to hear people enjoying the local book and also what is ahead with future publications.
While it’s available, you can listen to the review from ABC Hobart radio here. Move to 2:33:10 in the timeline to hear:
We have been so lucky to have readers come forward with further information on Edith S Brown, the chocolatier. You may have read about her in book 1 of Faeries of Tasmania.
Her story has grown dramatically as evidence comes to light. And, is very exciting. It appears Lady Plummage’s thoughts on her being connected to the faeries in Tasmania are correct.
Vol 2 will delve a little more into her life with diary entries and travel records that have emerged from kind readers.
Lady Plummage has acquired some more of Frears paraphernalia too.
We will let you know when it becomes available.
Since the exhibition, we have been contacted by various people wanting prints of their favourite faery from the Faeries of Tasmania book.
The A2 prints are archival and printed on 100% cotton paper using archival inks. They are packed into wide sturdy tubes, ready for shipping.
If you would like a particular faery printed, please get in touch.
With the new book comes new patterns. You may know from previous posts, Lady Plummage loves the artwork of William Morris. For those not familiar with his work check him out here.
His patterns are the perfect balance of fauna and flora weaving within each other to create the design that would adorn Victorian walls and textiles.
Lady Plummage instantly connected with his work and the synergy with how she saw the Tasmanian faeries in nature.
So with that in mind, Terry has taken on the daunting task with creating faery patterns in the spirit of William Morris.
This lovely little faery (in the far right picture above) has taken on the appearance of the Spotted Begonia plant, which is also housing a small Silvereye. They appear to be spying on each other.
Book 2 for Faeries of Tasmania is coming along nicely. Some beautiful pieces are being sent to us from Terry, our illustrator on the project. You can find more about him and his other projects here the7thworld.com or read a brief intro about him here.
(In the irish language means People of the mounds.)
Terry recently joined Sue Wright, from Tiny Owl Workshop, for a faery exhibition at the Brisbane Mt Coot-tha botanical gardens.
The small art studio within the gardens set the scene for a magical display. If you are in the area, it is worth a visit. Take a look.
The exhibition lasted for just a week and was a mixture of sketches, books, prints and sculptures with the theme of faery. People had entered a whimsical world. The small exhibition, had given a big impact on the locals.
Some lovely quotes from people as they wondered around.
‘I’ve been coming here for years and this is the first time I’ve walked in and smiled.’
‘This world makes me feel much younger than 69. Thank you.’
Terry had specially framed a few archival large prints from our book, which were snapped up. Further prints were ordered and delivered to their new homes. The Faeries of Tasmania book was on display along with limited bags, wrapping paper, block prints and T-Shirts. A special sketch was also on display for book 2.
Sue from Tiny Owl Workshop, had some wonderful sculptures of faeries, harpies, faery jingle bells and brooches, just name a few. She also had an amazing motor bike helmet, which was covered in fungi and moss. It was almost as if nature was reclaiming.
Here are some highlights from the week.
Things have slowed here at Faeries of Tasmania. Lady Plummage has decided to rest for a while. She has been travelling a lot, gathering faery accounts from around Tasmania, which has taken its toll. She will take time out as we collate and organise book 2.
In the meantime here are some snippets from book 2. We know you’d like to see more, but things could change to the structure of the book as new information for both the faeries and Edith S Brown come to light.