I usually protest Black Friday, refusing to participate in such a blatant display of capitalism. This time of year tends to be particularly difficult for me already, but something about the gross monetization of a sacred festival (yule, the winter solstice) sits weird with me.
So, instead of running some kind of crazy deep discount Black Friday sale, I’ve just released several new drawings in the shop and new designs on Threadless. The “Black” in Black Friday in this case does not refer to the dread experienced by retail workers, but instead references the nature of my drawings — that is, blackwork.
Lots of snakes with this update, and lots of thinking about pagan festivals. I don’t relate to Christmas time from a Christian perspective, but I do relate to the tradition of honoring the darkest time of the year, and the return of longer days. Especially here in Minnesota where the sun is now setting around 4:50pm, it feels appropriate to rejoice in the sun’s return.
Now is a time for reflection, for turning inward as the sun seems to be doing. We can take a look at our harvest — the literal fruits of our labor, our corn and wheat and squash, as well as the fruits of our mental and emotional labor, the energy we’ve invested in relationships and ourselves — and determine our steps moving forward. What will we plant next Spring? What new frontiers will we explore when the golden light expands across the valley?
In addition to original drawings, I’ve also released a holiday collection to Threadless — some of these designs are available for a limited time only.