Saturday, 1 August 2009

The Black Rabbit

Long ago, the great Frith made the world. He made all the stars and the world lived among the stars. Frith made all the animals and birds and, at first, made them all the same. Now, among the animals was El-Ahrairah, the Prince of Rabbits. He had many friends and they all ate grass together. But after a time, the rabbits wandered everywhere, multiplying and eating as they went. Then Frith said to El-Ahrairah, "Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to control them." But El-Ahrairah would not listen and said to Frith, "My people are the strongest in the world." This angered Frith, so he determined to get the better of El-Ahrairah. He gave a present to every animal and bird, making each one different from the rest. When the fox came and others, like the dog and cat, hawk and weasel, to each of them, Frith gave a fierce desire to hunt and slay the children of El-Ahrairah.

"El-ahrairah, your people cannot rule the world, for I will not have it so. All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies, and whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first they must catch you, digger, listener, runner, prince with the swift warning. Be cunning and full of tricks and your people shall never be destroyed."
- Richard Adams, Watership Down

Wool laid out ready o felt

With a sprinkle of water ready for wet felting

Wet Felted

9 comments:

Caio Fernandes said...

these are beautiful works .

ArtSparker said...

This is stunning. It's as if your learning process has taken place at the speed of light. I did make the picture larger, and the rabbit has so much expression...I assume it is very small. Extraordinary.

Sharon said...

Your work is beautiful. Hop over to my blog in a little while, there is something there for you. Have a beautiful day. Sharon

Assayya said...

this was/is one of my favorite english books.
your felting work looks great:))

OT your dream is the same as my dream;)

Jasmine said...

Caio & Artsparker -Thank you for your kind comments xx

Sharon - What a lovely surprise. Thank you for visiting here.

Assayya - I had a feeling you would share that dream :))

Jenny said...

Truly beautiful artwork! You have found a perfect balance between ethereal and sensual. Fascinating.

Ande said...

A captivating post! Mythology and art woven together into wholeness. It also made me come to think of other myths I heard.
Myths have a strange power, they make my head clearer. :)

Jasmine said...

Jenny - thank you, I hadn't thought of it like that.

Ande - I like myths to, they simplify and clarify many things for me, although, Bulgakov on the other hand muddles things up beautifully! :)

Tammie Lee said...

This is magically delicious!