the weyward sisters - digital collage

the weyward sisters

A common pastime at my primary school was collecting and swapping scraps – die-cut paper images. The scrapbook was an old paperback, each page containing a single scrap or set – the same design in different sizes.  At playtime, collectors exchanged scrap books and thumbed through the pages, poking scraps of interest out of the…

harper - cyanotype

harper

A familiar. Cyanotype c. 9x12cm Varied edition: 7 prints £30 Third Witch:  “Harper cries: ’Tis time, ’tis time.” Shakespeare “Macbeth”, Act 4, Scene 1

the gates of hell

the gates of hell

Ah, the irony. Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano Artistico paper, with collage 56x76cm £500 Porter: Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were porter of hell gate, he should have old turning the key. (Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 3, Scene 3

banquo's dream

banquo’s dream

Acrylic on 640gsm Fabriano Artistico paper, with collage 56x76cm £500 Banquo: I dreamt last night of the three Weïrd Sisters. To you they have showed some truth. Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 2, Scene 1

lachesis v

lachesis

The witches in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” are often interpreted as representing the Fates of classical mythology. They appear at the birth of each person, spinning, measuring, and cutting the thread of life. The Old English word ‘wyrd’ or ‘weird’ means ‘fate’. Lachesis measured the thread of life allotted to each person with her measuring rod. Acrylic…

the others iii

the others

“The Others”:  people who don’t conform with societal norms, and are therefore alienated or marginalised by powerful social institutions, such as the state or the church. Such as the witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth? Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45

a deed without a name

a deed without a name

Blood on their hands … Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 Macbeth: How now, you secret, black, and midnight hags? What is ’t you do? The Witches: A deed without a name. Shakespeare “Macbeth” Act 4, Scene 1

out damned spot

out, damned spot!

The sleepwalking Lady Macbeth betrays her guilt …. Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 Lady Macbeth: Out, damned spot, out, I say! One. Two. Why then, ’tis time to do ’t. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier and afeard? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call…

the darkness of our condition

the darkness of our condition

Power corrupts … Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. Acrylic on 300gsm Fabriano Artistico paper 14x19cm £45 “I have no spur To prick the sides of my intent, but only Vaulting ambition, which o’erleaps itself And falls on th’ other—” Shakespeare “Macbeth”, Act 1, Scene 7

paisley girl screenprint

paisley girl

In 1697, Paisley, Renfrewshire, Christian Shaw, daughter of the Laird of Bargarran, complained of being tormented by local witches.  Seven people, known as the Paisley, Bargarran or Renfrewshire witches, were found guilty of having bewitched Shaw and were condemned to death. Five of them were hanged then burned on the Gallow Green in Paisley on…

when shall we three meet again?

enter three witches

Linocut 18x18cm Edition: 7 £60 Macbeth, Act 1, Scene i. A desert place. Thunder and lightning. Enter three Witches First Witch When shall we three meet again In thunder, lightning, or in rain? Second Witch When the hurlyburly’s done, When the battle’s lost and won. Third Witch That will be ere the set of sun.…

weird sisters linocut

weird sisters

Shakespeare perhaps based the three witches in Macbeth on Raphael Holinshed’s History of Britain, The Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland (1587) .  In Holinshed’s account of King Duncan, Macbeth and Banquo encounter three women in “strange and wild apparell …the common opinion was that these women were either the Weird Sisters, that is… the…

something wicked this way comes

something wicked this way comes

Even the three Graces can be made to look sinister in the right light … The role of the three witches in Shakepeare’s Macbeth is ambiguous – they are never actually referred to as witches in the play.  One interpretation is that they were inspired by the Fates – the Moirai of Greek mythology -…

boil & bubble

boil and bubble

Delia, Mary and Nigella as the witches in Macbeth …. Screenprint 40x30cm Varied edition: 11 prints £100 Fillet of a fenny snake, In the cauldron boil and bake; Eye of newt and toe of frog, Wool of bat and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg and owlet’s wing, For a charm…

familiars screenprint

familiars

The witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth mention three familiars: Greymalkin, a gray cat; Paddock, a toad; and Harpier, an owl. The witches’ face is also familiar, the face of soprano Lina Cavalieri, used by Piero Fornasetti as a motif in much of his work. Screenprint 40x30cm Edition: 7 £100

Macbeth cyanotype

all hail!

The three witches are characters in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” in the world of theatre.  A possible source of inspiration for these characters the three Fates of Greek mythology, who control the life of every mortal from birth to death: one spinning the metaphorical thread of life, one measuring…

When shall we three meet again

when shall we three meet again?

The three witches are characters in William Shakespeare’s play Macbeth, often referred to as “the Scottish play” in the world of theatre.  A possible source of inspiration for these characters is ancient classical myths of the three Fates, who control the life of every mortal from birth to death: one spinning the metaphorical thread of…

add a pinch of salt etching

add a pinch of salt

Etching 200x248mm Edition:19 £75 Double, double toil and trouble, Fire burn, and caldron bubble. Fillet of a fenny snake, In the caldron boil and bake. Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and owlet’s wing, For a charm of powerful trouble,…