Thursday, November 29, 2012

a lump of coal

I am pleased to add these wonderful prints by local artist, James Mundie, to my inventory!  They'll be available throughout the holiday season for all the naughty folks on your list.  Prints are in stock framed or unframed, and benevolently priced.  (Below framed in my most menacing baroque black lacquer)

From Wikipedia:  Krampus is a mythical creature recognized in Alpine countries. According to legend, Krampus accompanies Saint Nicholas during the Christmas season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner.
In the Alpine regions, Krampus is represented as a beast-like creature, generally demonic in appearance. The creature has roots in Germanic folklore. Traditionally young men dress up as the Krampus in Austria, southern BavariaSouth TyrolHungarySlovenia and Croatia during the first week of December, particularly on the evening of 5 December, and roam the streets frightening children with rusty chains and bells. Krampus is featured on holiday greeting cards called Krampuskarten. There are many names for Krampus, as well as many regional variations in portrayal and celebration.

James Mundie explains on his site:  "Last year while creating a label for a special Krampus-themed ale of my own concoction, I decided to also use the design for paper lanterns (in Krampus's traditional colors of red and black) to be displayed in my home on Krampusnacht itself (December 6th) but also during the first annual Krampuslauf Philadelphia. However, when I shared the design with some friends, the reaction was so overwhelmingly enthusiastic that I decided to make prints available, too. This year, I turned the second lantern design — a Krampus rampant with a child in his basket — into a second print (and will also make these available in t-shirt form in the future — but for now, you can adorn your walls instead of yourself)." 
For more Krampus action:  Krampuslauf Philadelphia, Saturday, December 15th 2012, 4:30 pm at Liberty Lands park.

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