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Morgyn Owens-Celli

Morgyn Owens-Celli has been a straw artist for 25 years. He comes from a family where this art is over five generations old. Having learned his art in a traditional manner, much of Morgyn's work reflects the deep and traditional designs that are native to this art form and his family heritage. As an artist, he has explored the medium and continues to push the boundaries of its physical limitations. Samples of his work are in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution and two American presidents have displayed his work in the White House.
Glory Braid $10
Glory Braid
Simply learning straw plait has never been enough to satisfy Morgyn. He has spent countless hours searching for the folk customs and history connected with this art. This Glory Braid is broom shaped and was hung in homes to sweep away evil and bring in friends.

St. Brigit's Cross $14
St. Brigit's Cross
This cross design is attributed to St. Brigit, an Irish saint, who was imprisoned for her faith. It was designed so that the last straw held it all together and if danger of persecution came that straw could be removed and the cross would become a pile of straw on the floor. Additionally, according to folklore, it was posted at crossroads to indicate that a market fair would be held near that spot soon.

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