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A Twist of Fate fabric by anniedeb on Spoonflower - custom fabric

Preview scale: 24 x 24 inches

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By Deborah Astley

My designs are inspired by nature, words, music, personal experiences & memories. Please message me if you have any questions or requests.

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An ancient mosaic was recently discovered during an architectural dig in Greece. We have had it all wrong, lo, these many centuries. See details.

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

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anniedeb says: Oh, thank you so much, Isabella, for taking a look at the design and reading my notes. I appreciate it so much. Thank you for your comments.

Posted over 4 years ago.


inscribed_here says: I love your take on this story. It's a beautiful concept and your portrayal of it is lovely.

Posted over 4 years ago.


anniedeb says: Thank you, Rhonda. When researching the Fates, I kept coming across the word "crone" and I would like to retire that word. (Possibly because I've reached crone status - ha!) Anyway, so crones became crows and the thread of life -- how could it be anything but a rainbow? I appreciate your taking the time to give the design a look.

Posted over 4 years ago.


rhondadesigns says: I love how you have interpreted the thread of Life as being made up of multiple strands of bright rainbow-colours woven tightly together!

Posted over 4 years ago.