Krosses, Goats and Heaven
I have learned to make an yul tide ornament that is called Himmel in Swedish which means Heaven.
Himmel in German and Himinn in Icelandic and Taivas in Finnish. This ornament is still called Himmeli in Finnish.
I learned to make it with plastic drinking straws but originally a Himmel is made with straw of Rye or Oat.
Mine is narrow and not as impressive as the real ones that were made for the yul-tide in former days and then burnt in the midsummer bonfires, only to make a new one after harvesting for the following yul-tide.
I have been busy building crosses that will structure a piece of Goat Art, Icelandic Goat Art that I am preparing these days. I make goat art in order to make the endangered Icelandic Goat Race more visible. The wood in the crosses comes from cladding from a house that is being made up. The cladding was meant to be disposed of so I am still in up-cycling, apart from the himmel I made. But who is perfect? Not I.
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Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art Winchester School of Art.