Webs of Woven Words, Threads, Stitches and Enchantments

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Happy Birthday, Pixie!

Happy Birthday Pixie!

Pamela Colman Smith, she was nicknamed "Pixie" and I can certainly see why in this photo, is best remembered as the artist who designed the illustrations for the Rider-Waite tarot deck. Born February 16th 1878, she passed away on September 18, 1951. She looks very much the gypsy artist here.

Although she attended Pratt Institute, studying art, she never finished her degree, but she did go on to work as a successful illustrator. It is said that her early work demonstrated a symbolism that was ahead of her time. Some of her work appeared in The Illustrated Verses of William Butler Yeats and Bram Stoker's book about the actress, Ellen Terry. She also published two of her own books, Widdicombe Fair and Vanity Fair.

(source: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pamela-Colman-Smith/109502605734565?sk=info)

I wonder if she had any idea how her work would live on? Well, I'm sure she knows now!

Blessings nine!

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