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WEAVE

Weave is the second of the Solstice Stories, an innovative series designed to celebrate the small, the brilliant, and the beautiful. In this unique collaboration, writers Deirdre Sullivan and Oein DeBhairduin and artist Yingge Xu explore their shared passion for storytelling, folklore and ritual. Encompassing eight stories inspired by the eight festivals in the wheel of the year, this book illuminates our experiences and traverses our fears, intertwining older threads with contemporary spaces.

This book is designed in tête-bêche format and is exquisitely illustrated by Yingge Xu.

Artwork Gallery 

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01

Ragairne

Chinese black ink & colour ink on hand-made xuan paper

33 cm * 50 cm

“They were approaching the house now, she scrambled for her keys… I think I’ll head, he said. It was nice to meet ye. Really. Thank you, but he lingered… I mean, I just…I’d like people to care. And maybe I need to care more, for that to happen.“

— Deirdre Sullivan

02

Lao mara

Chinese black ink & colour ink on hand-made xuan paper

33 cm * 50 cm

“I look up at Mammy and down at the waves. I push myself off the rock. Slide in, and just let go…“

— Deirdre Sullivan

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03

Malartán

Chinese black ink & colour ink on hand-made xuan paper

33 cm * 50 cm

“It frightened me. I do not want to know. I need that little flame. The lick of hope. Her face is hers again when she’s asleep, the little furrowed brow, the concentration. She has your chin, your mouth…”

— Deirdre Sullivan

04

I bhfad uaim

Chinese black ink & colour ink on hand-made xuan paper

33 cm * 50 cm

“She went to the window and looked out, at a view that had not been seen in decades, and she could almost see the light leech away, all but one little speck, calling, calling her in from the cold. In from the loneliness…”

— Deirdre Sullivan

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05

Carman

Chinese black ink & colour ink on hand-made xuan paper

33 cm * 50 cm

“With the sons banished and Carmen imprisoned, the blithe that had been set upon the crops rescinded and lifted and once again the harvests were those of celebration and bounty …”

— Oein DeBhairduin

06

Sliabh na mBan

Chinese black ink & colour ink on hand-made xuan paper

33 cm * 50 cm

“One called out ‘Open! Open! Feet-water! Open!’ but the feet-water could not aid the witches for it was sprinkled and making its way back to the river …”

— Oein DeBhairduin

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07

Spideog

Chinese black ink & colour ink on hand-made xuan paper

33 cm * 50 cm

“This time however the waters were calm, as if accepting of her travel, the wind which once fought her back now moved with smooth blow upon her back, speeding her along …”

— Oein DeBhairduin

08

Cailleach

Chinese black ink & colour ink on hand-made xuan paper

33 cm * 50 cm

“He longed for rising dawns that would wake the sleeping butterflies and sunsets like scarlet bonfires on the horizon …” — Oein DeBhairduin

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