|"Pan is the son of Mercury; His head and body form the sign of mercury of the Philosophers, |
at once solar and lunar. The star on the right is the hieroglyph for harmoniac salt,
the third component of the Art (which is often called the Art of Music).
Anon., 14th century, Biblioteca Mediceo-Laurenziana, Florence. Ms Ashburn 1166, f.18."
~ from Alchemy - The Secret Art - Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, Thames & Hudson 1973.
A strange and earthy, wild and raucous instrument, the bagpipes evoke such old yearnings in us. In the words of bagpiper Andy Letcher:
but will sing like a bird - and it's this old, nearly forgotten, rumpled magic
of the thing that I want to share with the world."
Andy (my friend of Telling the Bees fame) works as part of The Bagpipe Society to rekindle in people a hearty love for this wonderful instrument. As part of this process, The Bagpipe Society has had a lick of paint here and there, and I was responsible for the decorations.
The initial request was for me to design a logo for the society which showed someone playing the bagpipes and the words The Bagpipe Society. So that's what I did...
|All above illustrations from The Encyclopaedia of Illustration - Studio Editions 1990|
|Title page designed by Daniel Hopfer, Augsburg 1515 |
~ from Alphabets & Ornaments by Ernst Lehner, Dover 1968
I leave you with a video of Andy playing his English Border Pipes with Cliff Stapleton on hurdy-gurdy. The tune is one of Andy's and is called Asclepius (the Greek god of healing and an obscure hermetic text....)
|The Wedding Dance by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, 1566 - source: Bagpipe iconography|