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The Magpie and the Wardrobe

Sam McKechnie & Alexandrine Portelli

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  • Unique, contemporary compendium of folklore, festivals, magic, superstitions, traditions and homespun treasures.

  • Includes nostalgia projects, time-honoured recipes and everyday magic to delight and inspire.

  • Decadently illustrated and embellished with trace pages, trinkets and charms, this is the perfect gift or coffee table title for the creative and curious.

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    Product Description

    The Magpie and the Wardrobe A Curiosity of FolkloreMagic and Spells, is a lovingly curated compendium of time-honoured traditions and curious customs that have bewitched us for generations.


    Discover simple magic, heirloom recipes and forgotten fairytales in this eclectic treasury. The twelve chapters, representative of the seasons, present the celebrations, superstitions and folklore that shape our year. From cherished traditions like Valentine’s Day to the lost excitement of May Day, The Magpie and the Wardrobe reveals a calendar bursting with history, imagination and curious facts. Take a closer look at your favourite homespun rituals and the magic we conjure every day; make a candle wish, mix a moon oil elixir, and hang your romantic hopes on the predictions of an apple peel. Illustrated by a unique collection of ephemera and embellished with trinkets and charms, this sumptuous volume will appeal to the creative and curious.

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    Imprint Pavilion
    ISBN 9781910496459
    Publication Date 15 Oct 2015
    Format Hardback
    Dimensions 246 x 189 mm
    Page Extent 192
    Illustrations 200 colour photographs and illustrations
    View Inside Pages No
    Author Sam McKechnie & Alexandrine Portelli
    About the Author

    Sam Mckechnie is an artist working primarily with oil and found objects and makes quiet pieces, usually on commission. Sam's work is inextricably entwined with fairytales, magic and charms and her work has featured in many books and magazines across the globe. She created The Magpie & the Wardrobe atelier in 2002 as an extension of her artwork and releases two collections worldwide every year. 

    Alexandrine Portelli worked in the fashion industry for many years before returning to her roots to head up the design team at her family's interiors business. Her personal passions are writing and all things magical and mysterious. She is an avid collector of children’s books, especially fairytales – the darker the better!

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