Peace Angel greeting card by Kinuko Y. Craft. Click image for more.
For Christians, the four weeks before Christmas are a special time called Advent (from the Latin for “to come”), a time spent anticipating the birth of the Son of God. Choosing this date to honor this moment was not accidental. For centuries, people had been eagerly anticipating the Winter Solstice and the arrival of the Sun at the same time of the year. Whether waiting for the birth of a divine child or the rebirth of the Sun, this is a time of anticipation in the darkness of winter.
Different customs help Christians count the days until Christmas: Advent calendars have a new little window to be opened each day; adding a piece of straw every day to the manger in the nativity scene; and the lighting of candles on an Advent wreath.
You can also create your own customs to mark the four Sundays before Christmas or Winter Solstice. I inherited one of my favorite Advent customs from my friend, Helen Farias, who wrote stories based on winter gods and goddesses. She suggested reading one on each of the four Sundays before Christmas while sipping on warming holiday drinks, nibbling on traditional holiday cookies, and lighting the next candle on the Advent wreath. Continue reading
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Download a sample page from Myth & Magic: An Enchanted Fantasy Coloring Book by Kinuko Y. Craft and share your work with us on Facebook!
We’re absolutely in love with this new coloring book. Immerse yourself in the enchanted fantasy world of Kinuko Y. Craft, celebrated contemporary illustrator, painter, and storyteller. Transcend time and space as you color to life these 40 lavish illustrations of goddesses, angels, fairies, princesses, heroes, and mythological creatures. Craft’s vast body of work includes award-winning illustrated books of classic fairy tales and cover art for fantasy novels. Continue reading
Image from the Women of Myth & Magic 2016 wall calendar featuring artwork by Kinuko Y. Craft. Click image to see more.
The seventh day of the seventh moon (August 20 this year) is the day in China for celebrating the love story of the weaver maid and the cowherd. The legend tells of two lovers — Zhinu, the weaver maid, represented by the bright star Vega, and Niulang, the cowherd, represented by the star Altair — who are separated by the Silver River (the Milky Way), but on this one day of the year a bridge of magpies allows them to cross the river and spend time together. Continue reading
“Discipline yourself to polish skills, nurture your own imagination, know what you want and guide yourself towards it. Never stop learning.” — Kinuko Y. Craft
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Kinuko Y. Craft is one of the most widely respected and versatile female artists in the United States. Her past commissions have included editorial art for major national magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Forbes, National Geographic, and many others; book jacket art for a number of well-known authors; opera poster designs; and illustrated picture books. Her work appears throughout the world in both private and public collections, in galleries and exhibitions, and in her illustrated books. During her career she has become known for meticulous attention to detail, a passionate love of fine art, and a deep knowledge of art history. Ms. Craft was born in Japan and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from the Kanazawa College of Art in Japan. She came to the United States in the early sixties as a graduate student, where she continued her studies in design and illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. By the late sixties, her work was in wide demand and she had begun a long and successful career that continues to this day. Her original art can be seen at Borsini-Burr Gallery in Montara, CA. Continue reading
Our warehouse is bursting with new greeting cards from Ram Dass, Kinuko Y. Craft, Duirwaigh Studios, Renée Locks, and Kristina Swarner as well as new additions to our best-selling Illuminating Spirit card series. Sampler packs — six different cards in a series — are now available.
Women of Myth & Magic 2015 wall calendar by Kinuko Y. Craft
Now Christmas is past,
Twelfth Night is the last
To the Old Year adieu,
Great joy to the new
— From the traditional song “Pembrokeshire: Song of the Wren”
Twelfth Night is one of those obscure holidays that I would like to revive. It is usually said to fall on January 5 (the eve of the Epiphany) but sometimes it is celebrated on January 6. (It depends on whether you believe the Twelve Days of Christmas start on Christmas Day or the day after.) Continue reading