This one of a kind wooden art box started its life as a basic and unassuming wooden wine crate. With a lot of love & time, I have transformed this into an exquisite keepsake in which you can cradle & protect your treasures.
The theme of this piece is "The Danse Macabre" featuring "The Dance" on the top hinge-pin lid with original Surly Herbalist poetry on the front panel. The side panels are adorned with an original interpretation of the triple moon goddess symbol and a beautiful quote on the inside cover....all to make this a dreamy chest.
Antiqued using an ancient iron acetate/vinegaroon technique, dating back to ancient Greece, and adorned with beautiful imagery, the interior has a 4-part upper tray suitable for your treasures or sized to even be used as a cash tray. The lower layer is lined with merlot velvet and has a small rear compartment
Every art box made is stamped on the bottom to denote its authenticity as a Surly Herbalist original piece.
From the earliest of times there was the role of the healer. The herbalist. The "Wise Woman". She possessed knowledge of healing herbs and botanicals which was handed down from previous generations back. As a healer, the wise woman was usually the first stop for the average person when they were sick or had a health issue to address. Of course in the Medieval and Renaissance era, the wise woman may have been called a witch or a heretic and discouraged from practicing her art as women were not allowed a profession in that time. This of course would make any herbalist surly as hell!
It is up to us to cultivate our garden.
the Surly Herbalist herself
After 6 years of creating vegan skin care products I decided to launch in a new direction to incorporate my love of herbs in cosmetic products and my passion for Ren faire. Enter the Surly Herbalist. Come find me at faire and make merry while you explore the delightful treats I have prepared for you.