• The Hag’s Hand

    This is a delightful little pendant cast in the shape of Baba Yaga’s gnarled hand. I have had much more of an appreciation for Baba Yaga since reading Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless, where she figures prominently.

    “The veined and clawed hand of the forest hag, Baba Yaga. The Yaga lives in a hut on chicken legs and travels the woodlands perched in her mortar, propelling herself with the pestle. I created this amulet as a reminder of the crone, the wise one who dwells not only in wilderness but as part of our inner divinity. Bitter herbs, harsh love and dark moon belong to her.”

    {by raintower on Etsy}

  • RIP Giger

    Swiss artist H. R. Giger died yesterday at the age of 74. Characterized by his nightmarish, surreal, monochromatic, intricate biomechanical dreamscapes, he is most popularly known for his designs for Alien. I’ve always liked the intense yet cold quality of his paintings, and the mystery behind them; they remind me of the sacred, esoteric rites of some ancient alien civilization, both profane and hallowed, sterile and salacious.