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We’ve been depicting the Fates also known as the Moirai, as crones, when in fact they were crows! In Greek mythology, crows were either tricksters or harbingers of death. Thus, I thought it appropriate I use this bird in my design.
In my twist on the Greek myth of the Fates, there are three crows who measure out a human’s life: Clotho, the spinner of the thread of life; Lachesis who measures the thread; and Atropos who cuts the thread. My crow Atropos was born without eyes -- she does not know whose thread or where in that human’s life she is slicing the thread of life with her beak. The cutting is done without malice – it is just a task that has to be done.
The scene in my design is the last act – the cutting of the thread of life. I imagine the thread of life to be a rainbow of bright colors rather than a single colorless thread.
My entry in the Spoonflower Greek mythology contest.
(And, of course, I know the Fates are really depicted as three women but I object to "crones" or "hags," thus the crows.)
fabric - 450 dpi - half brick repeat
wallpaper - 525 dpi -half brick repeat
gift wrap - 726 dpi - half brick repeat