The kelpie dance – poster
Oor ain culture
Culture is one of the main things that define a country. It makes one place on a map more than simply in a different location to another place on a map. Scotland is no exception to this. From our tartans and traditions, to our writing, music, languages and so much more, the culture that has come to define Scotland has become known around the world.
Cringe no more
In the centuries since the birth of the union in 1707, Scots have been gradually all been taught to dislike, dismiss, or even flat out deny our culture. Known as the Scottish Cringe, this in-built censor manifests in all sorts of ways, often near words like 'twee' and 'parochial'. Bringing a focus and sense of worth to Scottish culture is one of the main aims of Indy Prints.
About this piece
Kelpies are shape-shifting water spirits that inhabit Scotland's lochs and rivers. They're able to pose as human – for some reason mostly as male – although they most often appear as horses.
The drawing takes inspiration from The Great Wave off Kanagawa by the Japanese ukiyo-e artist Katsushuika Hokusai and transposes his famous work to Loch Lomond, where this kelpie dances in the dark waters, stirring foamy waves in the highland air.
- Paper size A3, 420x297mm
- 350gsm smooth white board
- Printed in Scotland on FSC® Mixed Sources paper