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Welcome to my world of poetic treasures: Misty Albion. I live in the wild and ancient landscape of Yorkshire, England, Great Britain. My shop is a place, a world, a part of who I am.

I'm an artist and former art lecturer. My training has been as a fine artist (painter) and art educator to Masters Level. For many years I've been a painter, teacher, lecturer and creative mentor in fine art, drawing, painting, contextual study and art history.

My passions are creating, exploring and seeking beauty, and wandering the Celtic byways; the verdant Welsh woodlands, the wild Cornish moors and the Irish Connemara coast. I have a deep interest in symbolism, mythology, folklore, allegorical art, Jungian psychology, poetry and contemporary dance.

In the wild roaming grounds of Emily Bronte, in the…

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  • Joined September 15, 2010

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Poetic Treasures: Antique Keepsakes and...

About

Welcome to my world of poetic treasures: Misty Albion. I live in the wild and ancient landscape of Yorkshire, England, Great Britain. My shop is a place, a world, a part of who I am.

I'm an artist and former art lecturer. My training has been as a fine artist (painter) and art educator to Masters Level. For many years I've been a painter, teacher, lecturer and creative mentor in fine art, drawing, painting, contextual study and art history.

My passions are creating, exploring and seeking beauty, and wandering the Celtic byways; the verdant Welsh woodlands, the wild Cornish moors and the Irish Connemara coast. I have a deep interest in symbolism, mythology, folklore, allegorical art, Jungian psychology, poetry and contemporary dance.

In the wild roaming grounds of Emily Bronte, in the Gothic cathedrals, abandoned churches and old houses of romantic England, Ireland, Wales and France, I love to search out poetic objects of beauty that are a part of me, my heritage and the ancient history of the land.

I'm drawn to symbolism - which gives us meaning in our life. Misty Albion is a place where I share historic, sacred, ceremonial and romantic treasures that are imbued with beauty and symbolic meaning.

I find beauty and wonder in the old and the ancient, in the lost and found; objects that speak of past lives and the hands that have shaped them. To me, such finds are bestowed with a beauty and poetry of their former lives, that makes each one unique.

I offer the best I can find ~ genuine antique finds and keepsakes unearthed from the ancient landscapes, churches and trinket boxes of historic England ('Albion') and from my travels to both east and west - to France and Ireland, ..and occasionally far beyond. All of the objects that I acquire have a timeless beauty and poignancy that I connect with. I place great value on the authentic, the unique, the timeless and the beautiful. All of the treasures are chosen from the heart in that they resonate within me....having a numinous quality; something beyond words; objects redolent of Fairy Tales, Dreams and Our Journey Through Life.

As a fine artist and former lecturer, I have an interest in the artistic styles and visions of the past but more than this, I am drawn to treasures that represent the passage of life and whose symbolism resonates down through Time, to our own day. Symbolism is something I deeply connect with. I'm drawn to objects that represent the grand themes of life - love, death, birth and union. Symbolic treasures imbued these themes enhance our lives by continuing to give meaning in our own time and in times to come, and, as markers of the passage of our lives, they act as loving keepsakes, mementos and timeless reminders of significant moments in our life.

I have a passion for antique stained glass fragments. All of the stained glass is my shop is genuine antique Victorian Gothic Revival, or older. The antique stained glass fragments in my shop were made by hands of the British Victorian stained glass master artisans (the best in the word at that time); passed down through time, having once been part of a sacred church window - in England, Wales, Scotland or Ireland. Authentic and numinous pieces are very hard to come by, but are cherished for the beauty, history and timeworn presence they possess.

THEMES of BIRTH, LOVE, UNION / MARRIAGE and REMEMBRANCE are at the heart of my world. Objects that map the journey from birth to death and celebrate the significant moments of our lives are to be found in my shop:

BIRTH ~ NEWBORN ~ BAPTISM ~ LOVE
Victorian Gothic Revival stained glass fragments:
~ guardian angels ~ angel wings ~ heads of saints ~ saintly hands ~ religious ~ fragments of memorial inscriptions ~
~ antique baby rattles
~ glass caskets for a newborn's keepsakes or baptismal ephemera

LOVE ~ DESIRE ~ YEARNING
~ glass caskets for the presentation of an engagement ring
~ Victorian love lockets
~ Victorian memento mori jewelry containing a lock of hair from a lover
~ love tokens made for sailors, by their wives
~ love tokens made by the wives of WW1 soldiers, or by soldiers for their wives
~ a faded love letter
~ antique posy rings from the 1700s

LOVE ~ UNION ~ BETROTHAL ~ ENGAGEMENT ~ MARRIAGE
~ bridal crowns
~ glass caskets for a wedding ring, bridal keepsake, a flower from a bridal bouquet or corsage, words of love
~ antique wedding day mementos/symbols of union
~ traditional bridal adornments ~ hair pins, bridal belts, tiaras
~ symbolic antique wedding dress adornments

LOVE ~ LOSS ~ REMEMBRANCE
~ religious stained glass inscriptions ~ stained glass words from memorial windows ~ stained glass saints and angels
~ gothic candle sticks
~ gothic coffin plaques
~ mythical objects ~ rebirth/death/heaven/hell/classical world ~ images of Pan, satyr, fauns, aphrodite
~ memento mori jewelry

The world of Misty Albion is a place where objects that have survived, beyond the lifetime of their makers, continue to live on in all their beauty and uniqueness. It's a place to touch the past but most of all, in possessing the unique quality of being humble, my finds allow you to write your own story and to create your own special memories around them; making them special gifts; LOVE TOKENS and KEEPSAKES to be treasured or to pass on to loved ones as MEMENTOS and markers of their own life and lives to come.

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