Self-Possession ⸰ Reclamation ⸰ Wild Power
⦁ Handcrafted in England
⦁ Triple bonded shower proof twill - incredibly strong
Witches celebrates the channelling of a fundamental power and poise that shatters the constraints of those who fear you.
In this bag the subversive genius whose art set Victorian-era London on fire combines with the poetess whose witch-words re-cast poetry.
Comes in a stunning reusable 'Bags Of Ethics' cotton dust bag incorporating the ART WRD Welcome Poem.
Aubrey Beardsley illustration for Le Morte Darthur 1893
This arresting, unflinching artwork is from Beardsley’s first major commission. Already we see his revolutionary graphic style; the simplicity and purity of line, areas of detail and untouched paper contrasting with bold masses of flat black. All entirely novel for his time. Despite this simplicity, he achieves incredibly deep and powerful characterization. His witches aren’t crones. They are upright, proud. One gazes with powerful defiance, challenging us, the viewer. Their down-turned, arch, disdainful mouths and androgynous figures, aggressively critique Victorian concepts of sexuality, beauty and gender. Their faces are haloed by hair that's like a compelling mass of wild, flowing energy.
Inside Witches is a link to its Exploration Page where you can find out more and sign up to its creative world.
Emily Dickinson 1830 - 1886
"Witchcraft was hung, in History,
But History and I
Find all the Witchcraft that we need
Around us, every Day—"
Beardsley challenged, subverted and innovated in the most public of forum. He skillfully exploited his fame and the cultural milieu in which he and his work existed. Dickinson turned inwards, shutting out much of society - but through this, she was able to achieve a similar outcome.
Four years after her death her poetry became a stunning success, she now stands as one of the most important American poets - read widely across people of multiple ages and interests.
Dickinson's independence of mind is expressed through powerful honesty and inhibition in her work. She challenged the existing definitions of poetic form, the poet's work and womanhood. Her poems at once witty, satirical, ironic and wry, display a strong sense of self as a poet and a woman. Their overarching moral vision breaks or transcends oughts, shoulds and cultural constraints.
Dickinson lived just a few miles from where the Salem witch trial hangings would have taken place. In this poem she challenges these events and their influence, asserting the persistence of witchcraft - a recurring resurrection and also a living thing - not simply hung on a wall, as an example, to look at.
Dickinson refers to the writing of Elizabeth Browning as ‘tomes of solid Witchcraft’. Elsewhere she re-writes enchantment and hysteria as a ‘divine insanity’. She sees nature, God and witchcraft as one, and creates a symbolic bond between women writers and witches, standing in opposition to a traditional Christian patriarchal narrative.
Handcrafted in England
Perfect for city days and country aways our Everywhere Tote bag is made for many lives.⦁ Double handle poppers for security⦁ Large, easy-access internal drop-pocket⦁ Exploration label shows art and words info⦁ Comes in a reusable cotton bag, pictured⦁ Vegan
Dimensions: 34 x 43 x 9cm
Handle drop: 30cm
People & planet positive
We will only ever make products that are positive for people and our planet.⦁ We use recycled nylon for stitch and bond strength. The rest is plastic-free.
⦁ Everyone involved in making an ART WRD is paid properly for their skill and expertise.
⦁ Our fabric comes through the leading ethical purchasing policy of Manchester's oldest textile supplier.
Our pioneering printing lasts a lifetime
In Nottingham, England we work with printing pioneers. Utilizing their specialist procedures, they are able to recreate artworks on novel materials with unparalleled colour vibrancy, image quality and colour durability.
Our bags are crafted by highly skilled, passionate people
Just across the Nottinghamshire Wolds in Melton Mowbray, our tote bags are handcrafted in small batches using traditional methods. This, along with the natural variation in these artisan products, means each one is unique.
Each bag is triple-stitched at pressure points. Combine this with our triple-bonded shower proof twill and high-quality webbing handles and the result is a bag that, as well as looking remarkable, is immensely strong and durable.
In short, ART WRD bags are made to inspire you and be loved for a lifetime.