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 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:
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.
Aos Sí (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.
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.