Chuffed To Bits

22 Nov

mono 10 chine


I just heard today that I have had 2 artworks accepted into the Swansea Open exhibition, running from December the 3rd to January the 6th. It’s returned after a gap of about 5 years, while the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery was closed and being refurbished, and it’s great to see it back. I’m chuffed to bits as Swansea is full of talented artists and the competition is stiff.


mari 2


I submitted two monotypes of the Mari Lwyd, based on drawings I did in my sketchbook at the end of last year. The Mari Lwyd is an ancient Welsh tradition, where groups of revellers wander the streets and pubs accompanied by a life size puppet constructed around a decorated horse’s skull. It may hark back to the worship of the Celtic horse goddess, Epona.

21 Responses to “Chuffed To Bits”

  1. sarahjfeatherstone November 29, 2017 at 09:52 #

    Congratulations! I’d love to see the exhibition.

  2. jhv57 November 26, 2017 at 02:25 #


  3. Procrastinator's Day Off November 25, 2017 at 15:01 #

    Congrats, Rosie! Nice work. I have seen the Mari Lwyd being performed at St Fagans. Fascinating.

    • Rosie Scribblah November 26, 2017 at 06:18 #

      Thank you. It’s great to see the tradition returning

  4. outsideauthority November 24, 2017 at 23:33 #


  5. Cat Among the Pigeons Press November 23, 2017 at 21:15 #

    Congratulations! Your monotypes of the Mari Lywd are great – so glad they will reach a new audience.

    • Rosie Scribblah November 26, 2017 at 06:13 #

      Thank you, it’s going through a revival after almost dying out, so glad to be part of spreading the word ☺

  6. jhv57 November 23, 2017 at 13:36 #

    Congratulations! Edgy work.

    • Rosie Scribblah November 26, 2017 at 06:11 #

      Thanks Judith. The Mari Lwyd had almost died out because of Christian persecution but has been making a revival over the past decade or so. I hope to go out with one or two of them again this end of year 🙂

  7. Rachel Terwilliger November 23, 2017 at 01:56 #

    Congratulations!!! ❤

    • Rosie Scribblah November 23, 2017 at 09:56 #

      Thanks Rachel. The Mari Lwyd is one of those ancient traditions connected with the Faerie and the blurring of the boundaries between the worlds. We call Faerie Y Tylwyth Teg in the language of Cymraeg (Welsh)

  8. Lois November 23, 2017 at 01:54 #

    Congratulations!!! Is Mari Lwyd similar to the hobby horse – has it similar origins?

    • Rosie Scribblah November 23, 2017 at 09:54 #

      Thanks Lois. I’m not sure, I think they may both, along with the chalk horses on the landscape, hark back to Celtic or other ancient traditions.Mari Lwyd comes out around the Winter Solstice to New Year, I think Hobby Horse may be connected with the Mayday (Beltane?) festival, but I’m not sure. Almost certainly echoes from a very ancient Britain though 🙂

      • Lois November 23, 2017 at 10:31 #

        So fascinating isn’t it… even if we don’t and can never know! I haven’t yet had a hobby horse in one of my novels… even though when I was at junior school I was the hobby horse… hmmmm…
        Thanks for the inspiration, and congratulations once again – when is the show?

      • Rosie Scribblah November 26, 2017 at 06:07 #

        Was that a Mayday thing at school? There was never a hobby horse tradition here as far as I know, and the Mari Lwyd had just about disappeared because of Christian persecution, but it’s been making a good revival over the past decade or so. I saw one of the Maris in a Unitarian chapel last year.

      • Lois November 26, 2017 at 10:26 #

        The hobby horse was part of a country dancing festival for all the junior schools in the area – I was so hopeless as dancing but a great enthusiast so I was the hobby horse… there must be a story for me to write here, mustn’t there!!

      • Rosie Scribblah November 27, 2017 at 06:17 #

        I had the guy who is our local Mari Lwyd round for Sunday lunch and he said that Hobby Horse and Mari Lwyd have simular ancient roots and also spoke of Hodder or Hodden Horse in Kent which may be a reference to Odin. Morris Dancing has a similar horse, all manifestations of a very old tradition echoing down from the ancestors. A story would be good, would it be a spooky one?

      • Lois November 27, 2017 at 10:24 #

        I must look into it more… And yes a story, sinister and unsettling… Maybe because I was the Hobby Horse as a child it still has power over me which I don’t even realise….

    • Rosie Scribblah November 27, 2017 at 10:54 #

      I think there may be a lot of stuff lurking in the folk memory about these creatures ….

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