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About this site…
5/22/2024

About this 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 Topics include magic, ettiquette around fairies, practices, history and historical references, definitions and explanations, names and naming, music, biographies and so forth.

‘Fairy’ Tale Book Covers
5/21/2024

‘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…..

Fairies and the Golden Age of Postcards
5/19/2024

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….

1880’s Fairy Photo Postcards
5/14/2024

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….

1820’s Water Color Paintings by Amelia Jane Murray (Lady Oswald)
5/12/2024

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….

World War 1 Propaganda Fairy Postcards
5/11/2024

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)…

About the Faery Fae Cards
5/8/2024

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.

Walter Crane Fairy Costume Designs
4/16/2024

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…

Djer-Kiss Advertising Layouts
4/11/2024

Djer-Kiss Advertising Layouts

‘Djer-Kiss Advertising’
Series of advertising artwork for the Djer Kiss Company (c 1920s)

Djer-Kiss was a French company that sold feminine products such as perfume, face powders, talc, extracts, toilet waters, soap and similar products. During the years c 1915 – 1925 the company hired various artists to illustrate imagery promoting their products. Pictured below are various layouts which appeared in popular magazines of the day such as The Ladies Home Journal and similar publishing houses. Naturally given the time period and products, fairies were the primary imagery in the advertisements.

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