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Double Rainbow Gift Set

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I don't even remember how I came across Iris anymore. Her mention in the Percy Jackson series perhaps? Certainly, my Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines has little to say about her (despite my immense love for it, it occasionally lacks information on someone I want to know more about), and I don't think she is even mentioned in my old Greek Myth and Religion textbook. But I found her anyway, and put the little traces I could find of her together, until I came up with the picture I painted of her. Rainbows are their own kind of magic, appearing litterally out of thin air, and illusion of color broadcast across transparent sky. It's hard not to be drawn in by the personification of one of nature's little miracles. Especially when you see the after-effects of the mythological character still present in everyday use; irises the multi-hued flowers, iris the colored part of your eye, iridescent. It's easy to see why she's associated with communication; naturally a sky god such as Zeus would employ her to carry messages across the vast distances she could travel in a heartbeat.

I was hooked already, discovering Iris. What a cool idea, this little hardly known goddess with this story and far reaching effects, long after she'd been forgotten. The Greeks have gods for pretty much everything, and I was scrounging up Iris associations one day when I stumbled across an even more obscure side of her story, that of her twin sister. She's not even mentioned in my encyclopedia; most sources omit her entirely. Iris is almost a foot note in mythology; like a ghost, the messenger of Zeus before Hermes took over. Arke is practically nonexistant. But she has a story too, if you're determined enough to track it down, and pluck it out of the scraps you can find that mention her. Two things bother me about the myth of Iris and Arke; the first is the wing issue. Iris is said to have golden wings, while Arke had (before Zeus ripped them off), iridescent ones. Since the word iridescent comes from Iris, one would think she would have the wings to match. Arke is sometimes rumored to be associated with the second rainbow in a double rainbow; you'd think being a pale imitation of her sister would give her the less glorious sounding wings. Which brings me to my second issue; the whole double rainbow thing itself. Greek myths, by and large, seem to explain how things got to be the way they are (which is probably true of all mythology, but we're focusing on the Greeks at present). Why then, would we still see a second rainbow in the sky, if Arke is all chained up, wingless, in Tartarus? This leads to a completely unfounded (with only circumstantial mythological tidbits to support it) theory. Iris, as Zeus's messenger, has an all access pass to Hades (and by extension, Tartarus?), free of repercussion. She can travel faster than literally anybody. And her twin is trapped in Tartarus. And there's still a double rainbow in the sky, and Iris has been replaced as Zeus's personal messenger, with no discernible explanation.

You can see why I'm so eager to reunite them; no one should have to spend eternity apart from their other half. Hence the inspiration for this gift set. And if I'm on a rainbow kick, I might as well include my rainbow poem, Sky's Disguise, since I've prettied it up and made it into a print also. Like the tattered remains of Arke and Iris's story, it suggests something more hopeful than what we can see. It suggests that there's something better beyond the trials of today, if we can only hold on until the sun comes back and fills our world with light and warmth again (though originally, I wrote it long before I found out about Arke and Iris; it is strangely appropriate). Life is full of strange periods of light and dark, and we always seem to be hitting pockets of one when our eyes have adjusted to the other...
The funny thing about a rainbow, is that it takes both rain and sun to appear. You can't have all those beautiful colors without just the right combination of the cold/wet and the warm/light.

"Even in the darkness, every color can be found."
-Penny's Song, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

"They say one man's trash is another girl's treasure...
The two of us together, make everything glitter"
-Katy Perry, Double Rainbow

Specifics about the Prints:

Large Set:
The large prints of Arke and Iris are 8" x 12" and $15 (each) by themselves.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/165445554/iris-watercolor-painting-print
https://www.etsy.com/listing/185621518/arke-watercolor-painting-print
The large print of Sky's Disguise is 11" x 14" and $20 by itself.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/154431871/illustrated-poetry-skys-disguise-print

Small Set:
The small prints of Iris and Arke are about 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and $2 (each) by themselves.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/171886579/iris-mini-print-pocket-goddess
https://www.etsy.com/listing/185621620/arke-mini-print-pocket-goddess
The small print of Sky's Disguise is 4" x 5 1/4" and $3 by itself.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/161156306/pocket-printillustrated-poetry-skys

More Iris:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hm3o5/search?search_query=iris

More Arke:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hm3o5/search?search_query=arke
I don't even remember how I came across Iris anymore. Her mention in the Percy Jackson series perhaps? Certainly, my Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines has little to say about her (despite my immense love for it, it occasionally lacks information on someone I want to know more about), and I don't think she is even mentioned in my old Greek Myth and Religion textbook. But I found her anyway, and put the little traces I could find of her together, until I came up with the picture I painted of her. Rainbows are their own kind of magic, appearing litterally out of thin air, and illusion of color broadcast across transparent sky. It's hard not to be drawn in by the personification of one of nature's little miracles. Especially when you see the after-effects of the mythological character still present in everyday use; irises the multi-hued flowers, iris the colored part of your eye, iridescent. It's easy to see why she's associated with communication; naturally a sky god such as Zeus would employ her to carry messages across the vast distances she could travel in a heartbeat.

I was hooked already, discovering Iris. What a cool idea, this little hardly known goddess with this story and far reaching effects, long after she'd been forgotten. The Greeks have gods for pretty much everything, and I was scrounging up Iris associations one day when I stumbled across an even more obscure side of her story, that of her twin sister. She's not even mentioned in my encyclopedia; most sources omit her entirely. Iris is almost a foot note in mythology; like a ghost, the messenger of Zeus before Hermes took over. Arke is practically nonexistant. But she has a story too, if you're determined enough to track it down, and pluck it out of the scraps you can find that mention her. Two things bother me about the myth of Iris and Arke; the first is the wing issue. Iris is said to have golden wings, while Arke had (before Zeus ripped them off), iridescent ones. Since the word iridescent comes from Iris, one would think she would have the wings to match. Arke is sometimes rumored to be associated with the second rainbow in a double rainbow; you'd think being a pale imitation of her sister would give her the less glorious sounding wings. Which brings me to my second issue; the whole double rainbow thing itself. Greek myths, by and large, seem to explain how things got to be the way they are (which is probably true of all mythology, but we're focusing on the Greeks at present). Why then, would we still see a second rainbow in the sky, if Arke is all chained up, wingless, in Tartarus? This leads to a completely unfounded (with only circumstantial mythological tidbits to support it) theory. Iris, as Zeus's messenger, has an all access pass to Hades (and by extension, Tartarus?), free of repercussion. She can travel faster than literally anybody. And her twin is trapped in Tartarus. And there's still a double rainbow in the sky, and Iris has been replaced as Zeus's personal messenger, with no discernible explanation.

You can see why I'm so eager to reunite them; no one should have to spend eternity apart from their other half. Hence the inspiration for this gift set. And if I'm on a rainbow kick, I might as well include my rainbow poem, Sky's Disguise, since I've prettied it up and made it into a print also. Like the tattered remains of Arke and Iris's story, it suggests something more hopeful than what we can see. It suggests that there's something better beyond the trials of today, if we can only hold on until the sun comes back and fills our world with light and warmth again (though originally, I wrote it long before I found out about Arke and Iris; it is strangely appropriate). Life is full of strange periods of light and dark, and we always seem to be hitting pockets of one when our eyes have adjusted to the other...
The funny thing about a rainbow, is that it takes both rain and sun to appear. You can't have all those beautiful colors without just the right combination of the cold/wet and the warm/light.

"Even in the darkness, every color can be found."
-Penny's Song, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog

"They say one man's trash is another girl's treasure...
The two of us together, make everything glitter"
-Katy Perry, Double Rainbow

Specifics about the Prints:

Large Set:
The large prints of Arke and Iris are 8" x 12" and $15 (each) by themselves.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/165445554/iris-watercolor-painting-print
https://www.etsy.com/listing/185621518/arke-watercolor-painting-print
The large print of Sky's Disguise is 11" x 14" and $20 by itself.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/154431871/illustrated-poetry-skys-disguise-print

Small Set:
The small prints of Iris and Arke are about 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" and $2 (each) by themselves.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/171886579/iris-mini-print-pocket-goddess
https://www.etsy.com/listing/185621620/arke-mini-print-pocket-goddess
The small print of Sky's Disguise is 4" x 5 1/4" and $3 by itself.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/161156306/pocket-printillustrated-poetry-skys

More Iris:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hm3o5/search?search_query=iris

More Arke:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/hm3o5/search?search_query=arke

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I received this lovely bookmark in record time, and I'm SO happy with it. Whenever I use it, I can't help but smile. Ty! :)
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Nov 19, 2017
A beautiful piece that I wear quite regularly. I love the artwork. :)
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  • Material: photo paper
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