Handmade and conjured by Old Growth Alchemy, the Lightbringer reliquaries keep the spark of light burning through the cold and dark of winter. Encased within a slender glass bottle is a single beeswax chime, fiery orange petals, seeds to bear fruits for the coming spring, and winter evergreen branches to remember your time spent in the darkness -- a token of the shadow passed.
And what are reliquaries? From the Catholic tradition, reliquaries were vessels which held holy relics from saints or pieces of them. Well, while I am not of that tradition, the practice and concept intrigued me. What if we see Nature as Holy? What would the relics be if not Nature themselves? Nature as an animist being or collective rather than a thing or object? That is the spirit to which I created my Animist Reliquaries and to which I shall continue to make them.
These ritual items look to Nature as a method of exploring larger narrative themes: these focused more strongly on energetics and ways in which we interact with ourselves and the world around us through connections, superstition, belief, and practice.