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Home of the Fairies,
Place of the Faerie,
Forest of the Fae

‘Poster Print’ (c  1886)
by Henry Ford (1860 – 1941 English)


About the Faery Fae Site…

'A Celebration'
'Art by Ida Outhwaite (1888 - 1960 Australian)

The Faery Fae website is a combination of information, commentary, imagery and interpretation of all things 'fairy' or 'fae'. It is also a resource and archive of information and images for browsing, research and education, and a general consolidation of information and opinion from the overall web. The site is set up to wander through via the menu navigation (writings, galleries and cards), or can be searched by topic, word or name. There is a growing amount of information about fairies throughout this site, ranging from the Etymology, the study of word origins and evolving meanings, folklore and personal stories, collected facts from various sources, and similar such content. Topics include magic, ettiquette around fairies, practices, history and historical references, definitions and explanations, names and naming, music, biographies and so forth.

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About the Faery Fae Cards…

'A Fairy'
'Art by Warwick Goble (1862 - 1943 British)

The cards offered on this site via subscription, are small pieces of hand produced art works. Each card is a giclée print, meaning it is printed on acid free 100% cotton rag paper with archival inks. The colors are superior and long lasting. This images are uncoated and meant for light handling, as with any piece of art.

There are a number of ways to collect or work with these cards, which may be referred to as any of the following - as blessing cards, inspiration cards, attraction cards, wild cards, meditation cards, reflection cards, wisdom cards, and any other similar descriptions.

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Earth Fairies – The Elementals

'Forest Fairy' (Badenymfe)  (1894)
Art by Karl Mediz (1868 - 1945 Austrian)

Earth fairies, classically known as Gnomes, embody, reflect and express the dominant characteristics of the element earth. The word 'gnomes' was first introduced by Paracelsus in the early 1500's as part of his general description of fairies, with 'Gnomes, corresponding to earth'. (Read the introduction to 'fire fairies' for a further discussion of Paracelsus and the four (water, earth, fire, air) elements. The classification of Gnomes include those who work in human households, such as brownies and pixies, and those who live close to the earth, such as dwarfs, gnomes, elves, trolls, and knockers. It also includes nymphs in many natural environments, hilltops, mountains, forests, meadows and similar. Drayads are also included, being spirits of trees.

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Water Fairies – The Elementals

'A Water Nymph' (Badenymfe)  (1920)
Art by Henrik Schouboe - (1876 - 1949 Danish)

Water fairies, classically known as Undine, embody, reflect and express the dominant characteristics of the element water. The word 'undine' was first introduced by Paracelsus in the early 1500's as part of his general description of fairies, with 'undine - corresponding to water'. (Read the introduction to 'fire fairies' for a further discussion of Paracelsus and the four (water, earth, fire, air) elements.) The word 'undine' has since become the primary category description, or catch-all phrase referring to all fairies primarily related to or aligned with water. This includes mermaids, nymphs, ashray, kelpies, silkies, will-o-wisps, alven, water guardians and similar. Each of these types of water fairies are a class or classification of undine.

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Fire Fairies – The Elementals

'The Autumn Fairy' (1919)
Art by Ida Outhwaite (1888 - 1960 Australian)

For some time now for some obscure reason, I have been compelled to write about 'Fire Fairies'. All fairies are primarily aligned or endowed with characteristics of one of the elementals - earth, air, water, fire - more than the others. It is similar to humans being born under certain horoscope signs. This all hearkens back to the writings of Paracelus (1493 - 1541), who defined fairies are entities of the four elements, described in his own words from his posthumously published book 'A Book on Nymphs, Sylphs, Pygmies, and Salamanders, and on the Other Spirits' - Salamanders, which correspond to fire; Gnomes, corresponding to earth; Undines, corresponding to water; and Sylphs, corresponding to air.

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‘Fairy’ Tale Book Covers

Book Covers - Fairies and the Golden Age of Illustration (1880 - 1930)

The years from 1880 until 1930 are known as the 'Golden Age of Illustration'. During that time, illustrations for fairy tales reached an unprecedented level of skills, content and volume. Book production in general expanded in both quality and quantity, inviting more and more artists to contribute illustrations. Also more women started illustrating due to the demand and opportunity. Many well know artists found success during this time, such as Walter Crane (considered the patriarch of the genre), Kate Greenaway, Anne Anderson, Edward Dulac, Aurthur Rackam, Charles Robinson, Ida Outhwaite and many more recognized names.....

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Fairies and the Golden Age of Postcards

Fairies and the Golden Age of Postcards (1905 - 1915)

The ten year period from 1905 - 1915 is known as the 'Golden Age of Postcards' when the popularity of postcards reached its zenith with the general public, especially the US. This period of time corresponded with the US Congress updating it postal laws to allow private publishers to create and produce postcards for mailing. Competing with these changes were postcards created from overseas publishers, such as Germany, France and England. Both correspondence via postcards and collecting postcards became very popular, particularly among the women populations in small towns across the midwest. Literally billions of postcards were printed, mailed and collected during the ten year period beginning in 1905....

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1880’s Fairy Photo Postcards

Fairy Photo Postcards from  c 1870-1900's

This group of images are early photographs of models with fairy costumes, set poses, fanciful backgrounds and similar material. This gallery shows various early techniques being used alongside the photography of the models, such as hand painting colors, very early photo montage, different developing techniques creating sepia and cyanotype effects and so on. These images are charming and unique, coming from the very beginnings of photography....

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The Elementals – Earth, Air, Water, Fire

The Elementals - Earth, Air, Water, Fire...

One of the ways fairies have been described is as aligned with the elementals, earth, air, water and fire... and wood if one wants to include Chinese or Eastern thought. This description originated with one Paracelsus in the 16th century in his book 'A Book on Nymphs, Sylphs, Pygmies, and Salamanders, and on the Other Spirits'. In his time, he described the elements as related to fairies as Gnome (Pygmy) - being of earth, Undine (Nymph) - being of water, Sylph (Sylph) - being of air, Salamander (Salamander) - being of fire...

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1820’s Water Color Paintings by Amelia Jane Murray (Lady Oswald)

1820's Water Color Paintings by Amelia Jane Murray (Lady Oswald)

Amelia (Emily) Jane Murray (1800 - 1896) was born on the Isle of Mann into a wealthy family as the daughter of  Lord Henry Murray. She illustrated these whimsical images early in her life, during her twenties. She married Sir John Oswald of Dunniker at twenty-nine, late in life by the standards of the day, and took over as wife to her husbands six children. She also went on to have two children of her own. With the marriage, she became known as 'Lady Oswald'. and referred to as Amelia Jane Murray (Lady Oswald). Also due to her marriage, she discontinued painting due to the demands of her family life, so the below images are from a short period in her life. She would live for another 50 years after her husbands death and died at the age of 96....

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World War 1 Propaganda Fairy Postcards

Series of political fairy postcards from World War 1 (1914 – 1918, published in France)

Shown below in the gallery are 9 from a set of twelve postcards, printed in France circa 1914 - 1918 as propaganda. The artwork depicts the allied states (England, France, Italy, Serbia, Romania, Montenegro, Russia, Japan) as anthropomorphic ‘butterfly’ figures while the enemies (Germany, Austria, Turkey, Bulgaria) were depicted as anthropomorphic 'wasp or flying beetle’ figures (not shown - see link below)...

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Walter Crane Fairy Costume Designs

Small series of Fairy Costume Designs by Walter Crane (1845 – 1915 English)

Walter Crane was a prolific illustrator of children's book in the late 1800's and early 1900's. He significantly influenced the development of children's nursery book illustration styles, along with his contemporaries artists Kate Greenaway and Randolph Caldecott. Beginning in 1864 he began illustrating a series of children's books, with sharp outlines in his illustrations and flat tints and colors in his paintings (as pictured). He was also involved in hand illustrating the text of the books, similar to the approach of the illuminated books from earlier times, and was also influenced by...

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“The wall is silence, the grass is sleep, Tall trees of peace their vigil keep, And the Fairy of Dreams with moth-wings furled. Plays soft on her flute to the drowsy world.”

~ Ida Rentoul Outhwaite

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
– Neil Gaiman, Coraline

“Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.”
– Helen Keller

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'The Fairy Ring' by Walter Jenks Morgan (british 1847 - 1924)
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