Faeries! The Faeries’ Oracle, Brian & Wendy Froud, & Faerieworlds Festival
The annual Faerieworlds festival in Oregon has just passed, and in honour of such a magical congregation of people, we’re featuring faery artists Brian Froud and Wendy Froud today.
Brian Froud is a legendary British faery artist, known for his early book Faeries (with Alan Lee), Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, and Lady Cottington’s Pressed Faerie Book (all of these books can be ordered through Wonderworks), as well as his concept design for The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth, classic Jim Henson movies that now have cult status. He has sold more than 8 million books and has inspired a new understanding of the world of faerie and our relationships to it.
Wendy Froud is an internationally-known doll-maker who has worked on The Muppet Show and The Empire Strikes Back, as well as The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth.
Brian and Wendy live together in a cottage in Dartmoor, an area of moors and enchanted forests in southern England. To read more about their magical lives and work, check out their website at World of Froud. The Faerieworlds and Faeriecon festivals are inspired by the Frouds’ magical work, which in turn is inspired by the wildness and enchantment of Dartmoor. These festivals now attract more than 30,000 people a year and are the largest gathering of faerie authors, artists, and musicians in the world.
(photo is from the faerieworlds website)