The Fuin Fairy comes out this time of year. (Fuin: the ancient word for "the end.") She is a symbol of the end of summer and the beginning of fall; the end of natural light, the beginning of winter's time. The commencement of the dark half of the world.
The Irish divided the year into two parts—Summer from the 1st of May until the 1st of November, and Winter from 1st November to the 1st of May.
She is a mystical fairy who embraces the darker world, a force of calm within a season of anxiety.
She's made from bands of both white and red birch bark, very powerful. With a corsage of bygone summer wildflowers.
Her skirts are made from the candied colors of autumn leaves: purples, browns, burgundies.
If you see her in the woods this time of year, leave her be.
Tonic of the Woods
the inspiration behind the creations
Photos, stories and concept ©Kay Stephens
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