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Failte (Welcome)

This is a contemporary sculpture based on early Celtic & Pictish rock-art carvings and depicts the Gaelic word Failte, which means “Welcome”

Failte, the word first spoken by the host upon entering his house. So began the “Highland welcome” where the visitor was assured of a warm welcome by the traditions developed over generations. The visitor is regarded as Kin and it is the hosts pleasure to give the warmest of bedding and best of food. If a bottle of whisky is opened, tradition dictates that all the contents are consumed that day, as bad luck would befall if the cork is put back in the bottle.

Scottish poet, Robert Burns often regaled hosts, friends and acquaintances with poetry. Visiting a house at Dalnachardoch in the Highlands in September 1787, he wrote a verse as a compliment to the hospitality he received.

When death’s dark stream I ferry o’er, a time that surely shall come; In Heaven itself, I’ll ask no more, Than just a Highland welcome.

Indoors Wall Hanging. This piece comes ready with a hanging hole on the rear to enable it to be hung flush to a suitable wall from a pin-nail.


HOW THIS MINIATURE WAS CREATED


After many hours researching a subject, I travel the country to measure, sketch and photograph it. This information is brought to my workshop where I set about producing a detailed scale drawing. Once this is completed I use the drawing alongside the photographs to enable me to carve and sculpt the subject in miniature. This whole process  takes many hours, often running into the hundreds. At the end the miniature sculpture becomes the master model with which I make the molds. Each resin casting I make from the molds is an exact reproduction of my original sculpture. I then spend a great deal of time with each and every casting to prepare and paint it using a variety of spray and brush techniques to create a realistic representation of the original, ancient subject. Every stage of this piece you see here is crafted entirely by hand.


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Hand Painted. Resin-cast reproduction of Stuart Fellowes’ original sculpture.

Size: H=70mm W=180mm

W 05 Failte (Welcome)

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