The thorns weave their forts,
Dotted with red comes November.
Gone are the leaves and shy cheeks,
The drying fruits in constellations.
Thinking of November,
We migth have categories some day… When we know which ones.
Thinking of November,
But there’s a lot of different musical genres out there… and guess what, depending on the music you do these logos vary like night and day. I grew up listening to female singers like Celine Dion and Mariah Carey. They usually just go for typography using their own name, and nothing too eye-catching. Just simple elegance, really. So, this was my first approach – and one we’ve tried since we started making music back in 2003, then for Enchanted Duo too when we started our band in 2007.
Feeling the need to really brand ourselves in 2021, I contacted SantaGrinina, who specialises in sacred geometry and mystical logo design. (This after browsing logo designers on Fiverr for days and weeks… It takes time to find someone with a style that really appeals… What feels right.) SantaGrinina accepted this challenge, and we were on. She started out sending me three rough sketches to choose from.
1. A cosmic approach to the seed of life, almost like an eye. The overlapping circles at the centre symbolises the sacred duo. Universally known for unity, creation and new beginings.
2. Another version of the eye, and a variation of the flower of life, almost like an auric field. The two black stars/suns symbolise the dualism and mysticism. The dimond shape represents the four directions and the presense of the spirits of the four directions.
3. The duo is represented by two phoenixes symbolising the a rebirth, from the centre where the phoenixes kiss sacred patterns evolve. The seed of life again representing creation and new beinnings, especially since we felt we’d finally found a new sound we liked and this was like a rebirth for Enchanted Duo. The 8-pointed star is a powerful symbol for recreation and guidance in mysticism and spirituality.
Then the work began to refine the logo design. To choose colours, make sure every detail is thought through. It takes time and presence – but mostly the heart just knows. Working with SantaGrinina was a true pleasure – such patience and care – and perfectionism. (One perfectionist to another, it’s wonderful to work with someone who gets the details – of course given that these details are important.)
SantaGrinina completed these two (no 2 and no 6) with final adjustments – and note how the typography was still kept simple. (Like for the role models I’d had growing up listening too, and of course admired their cover arts for too many hours to count…)
It’s such beautiful logo, but it doesn’t necessarily scream music. This realisation was something I had to grow into. Meanwhile, we used this logo for a year or two, and I just had this feeling that it wasn’t right just yet.
While pondering the logo, we dove into the phoenix theme and my book Little bird lost was born to further underline the phoenix symbolism.
It was also the fact that we were recording more songs for our album, some of them with heavier rock sounds and metal influences. I started looking at typography and logos in this genre instead, and realised we needed to do something.
I wasn’t sure what to expect exactly… I found BlaqkDesign, also on Fiverr. I told him I love the logo, but not the typography and that both needed to be made a little rockier. And so, our rock logo was born.
The lesson in all this, something for you too to remember in all your wonderful endeavours, is that you can’t have everything figured out from the start. But the moment you take one step forward the Universe is eager to show you the next.
And does this conclude our logo journey? Naah, I doubt it. I even had to do a variation for our web page – if you’ve thought about it 😉.
Nothing but love and phoenixes,
There’s a large flower bed just in front of our house, and since a large part of it is in the shade throughout the day, fern grows there – or rather fern loves growing there. And spreads – tries at least. In spring the fiddle sticks pop up and I always try to snatch a few to eat. During summer these leafy monsters practically explode – not as tall as me, but not far from…
Then comes autumn. And yes, they can’t quite compete with maple trees in splendour, but they turn so many shades. Lovely milk greens, copper, vibrant yellow, one more dimmed, soft yellow. I love these colours! As if my eyes can’t stare at them long enough.
So, my mind got to work. First photographing and then puzzling on the computer – digital art as it’s called.
Here’s Fern fantasies. And I’m hoping to turn some of them into art prints in the shop. Which is your favourite?
“You’re ashes and fire” is released and it’s about time to introduce Marco Minneman, whom we’ve been working with for almost a year now.
I have three favourite drummers in the world, and one of them is Marco.
It was while watching the Dream Theatre’s drummer audition that I discovered Marco. I’m sure I’ve heard him somewhere else before… I realise he’s been playing with Steven Wilson, Paul Gilbert and other big names. But it wasn’t until I watched this audition tape – I mean I usually don’t listen that much to Dream Theatre – but this audition is something else and really puts some great drummers on display, and at that time Marco really captured my attention, and I was quick to follow him on FB. And what a drummer he is…
The road to Marco went via Morgan Ågren (favourite drummer no.2), with whom we’ve recoded one song already. Then Morgan took off to Switzerland on an exciting project and we realised he wouldn’t be available any time soon. So, returning to my favourite audition tape saying to myself: “Hmm let’s see… Let’s pick Marco.”
Would Marco be jazzy enough? And would he have the same grove that we’d discovered when collaborating with Morgan?
First off, we sent Marco a 7-minute meditative rock song. One that we’d been struggling with… After the first mix the drum machine just felt so monotonous. In other words, a perfect test to see if a drummer could turn this around.
There are always some nerves involved when hiring musicians. I mean, they have their style, and will they get ours? Will they interpret where we’re going with our songs?
Like Edgar Peña so nicely put it regarding Marco’s interpretation of “Beautiful Lady” (another one of our songs that we’re working on).
“Lovely song, Marco is such an impressive drummer, he adds his own signature sounds to the song without changing the actual essence of it, he’s very good at drumming right at the edge where his style and the song meets.”
It’s a perfect description of how Marco works. He’s got this gift of quickly getting into a song and understanding it, adding to it. On this first 7-minute meditative song he created a totally amazing ambient, epic piece playing on two “different” drumkits. We were instantly amazed.
It was at this point that I got a little bit of hubris. I’ve not only made contact with two of the world’s best drummers, but they were now also playing our music. Can Marco be our Werifesteria ambient drummer? And Morgan our Werifesteria free jazz drummer? And maybe, maybe, could – hello again drum audition tape – Thomas Lang (favourite drummer no.3) be our Werifesteria hard-hitting drummer? The idea sprung to my mind after finding some inspiration from Devin Townsend, and how he worked with different drummers to get different characteristics for his Empath album.
After grounding myself a little bit, I realised that having Marco on our new album is mind-blowing in and off itself. (And of course, let’s not forget, Morgan Ågren on one of the tracks).
Marco is by far the most professional musician we’ve been collaborating with. Some days I haven’t even woken up before he’s done his two takes along with a video for the song I’ve sent him. 16 high-quality tracks from a big sounding drumkit that fits our sound perfect. He really knows his stuff, is super creative and surprise us every time. Even the studio technicians we’ve worked with are super impressed with the quality of the tracks.
But I have to say, there’s a life before working with a drummer, and a life after. How will we ever be able to work with drum machines again after this?
Hooves turning soil,
The morning calls.
Frostwork and pearls of dew.
Jarl Olof returns with the first burst of green.
Mountains and valleys,
The moor, the mist, and the river.
Hems and skirts, hair and dirt,
Frail are the arms of coiling veils.
The taunting calls and voices thrill,
The realm of ghostly echoes beguiles.
Pebbled skin and his chilled spine,
Turning trembling hooves around.
To worry and to woe, to break the promise of two.
His fate was decided a long time ago.
“Forgive me mother, forgive me father, brother and sister, again I must go.
Hooves turning soil,
The morning calls.
Seek the shadows,
Find the truth.”
Hooves turning soil,
The morning calls.
Frostwork and pearls of dew.
Return to you.
A free translation inspired by a famous Swedish medieval ballad called “Sir Olof and the elves” (SWE: Herr Olof och älvorna). I’ve always liked this one because it mentioned the elves. It’s a terrible story though, teaching people to stay away from the Scandinavian elves. As Olof rides home in the early morning he encounters the elves dancing. They call to him, urge him to join – but he know that should he yield to their call he’ll go mad from their strange song. Instead, he refuses, and turns his runner around to ride as fast as his horse can carry him. But the elves sends sickness to follow him. By the time he reaches his parents’ dwelling, he’s looking pale and unwell. A few rows later Olof dies from this sickness.
This is a typical retelling of the Scandinavian elves, the mysterious women dancing over the meadows. Thursdays were for example especially bad to run into the elves. There are many stories noted down about people who had happened upon elves and after engaging in their dance they never became the same again, or they got sick. Some claimed that their music continued to play in their ears for the rest of their lives. I suppose it was a way for my ancestors to explain sudden sickness or mental disorders.
So, around here, whenever the temperature drops overnight producing morning dew and floating misty veils we still say that the elves are dancing.
When I wrote “You’re ashes and fire”, I had again come across this old ballad. I felt that there is more to it than these old rows. Freely translating it was a way to further investigate what it ignited inside of me, and then I realised that anger is a strong theme here. Olof’s anger. The anger we all feel sometimes when circumstances we can’t control have our lives tumble over or take turns we don’t want, or weren’t expecting. And I don’t believe in supressing emotions, just as I don’t really believe in acting out in a harmful way either. I believe in feeling our emotions. They can be strong, and almost unbearable for a while, but then they dissipate, and fade. Just like the veils of the elves as morning progress and rays of sunlight makes their hair and dresses evaporate.
Are you angry about something? Sing along, feel your anger and let it go. Then take on the world, because this is better done with a clear head.
Elves and veils,
This is Idur, and an attempt to draw the Scandinavian elves. She’s a mixture of acrylic paint and photo layered together. There’s some digital lines too. The background forest (which is hard to make out) is from the forest pond where we filmed the art video to “I’m still wondering”. One chapter merges into another, little pieces of the past fitting themselves into the present.
I created Idur over a year ago, and a large canvas of her hangs on my inspirational wall in our living room. She watches me, and there’s this hint of a smile. Finally, finally, I’m setting her free. I always knew I wanted to make an art print to let her travel the world and find the people who need her on their inspiration wall too, and I love that she’s on the cover art to “You’re ashes and fire”.
What message does Idur convey to you? What says her eyes? What says her almost-smile? She’s the veils, and she’s inspiration. And she’s yours if you want her.
Elves and veils,
I know it looks easy.
Would you believe me if I told you it’s taken me years and years to get to this point of finally, finally introducing art prints to our Enchanted Duo shop? I created Idur in early 2021, still not sure of her purpose – or to which song she belonged. I wrote the song “You’re ashes and fire” in November 2020, and I didn’t realise these two belonged together until much later.I know it looks easy. Would you believe me if I told you it’s taken me years and years to get to this point of finally, finally introducing art prints to our Enchanted Duo shop? I created Idur in early 2021, still not sure of her purpose – or to which song she belonged. I wrote the song “You’re ashes and fire” in November 2020, and at the time I didn’t realise these two belonged together until much later.
The hands of the Universe.
And now Idur is set free. Ready to breathe some of her mysteries into your own home.
Art prints and love,
Summer, here in the Northern Hemisphere, is a time of intense light, extremely long days and bright nights, since the sun drops just behind the horizon to almost immediately turn and rise again.
It can be very stressful, and it almost feels as if the body is in a fight with this bright, explosive season – which perhaps generates an even more pronounced need to find ways to slow the running mind. To find stillness in the midst of this flurry of life. To discover ways to chill; ways to re-connect with oneself and with nature.
I love observing, and noting down my observations of nature and its miniature realms – finding the perfect words, likenesses – pondering how these little miracles reflect the passing events of my own reality. It’s a way to hold on to a fleeting moment, encapsulating it – existing in that moment without rushing on and missing a small but rewarding epiphany.
Nature writing, I suppose it’s called.
So, then Grape Flowers (the poetry collection) manifested itself, and many pages of summer reflections shaped and moulded into little nature poems.
Well, I’m not surprised if you’ve never thought about them. They’re tiny little wheels and quite hidden from sight, but if you look really close they kind of look like a miniature wallpaper from the 70s… or they did until I turned them into art 😉
And I know how they taste… because they fell on my tea. Tart. Could work as cake decoration too I think, or on food.
Since the poem “Grape flowers” was the first poem of these nature reflections it became the title poem, as well as the art for the book cover.
With love and grape flowers,
Tiny, tart wheels
Sprinkled on my tea.
A happy moment
Catches them soaking in the pool
Clustering like some natant, imaginary cousin.
Nature’s making art again,
Right before my eyes.
Just look around and see it too.
Tiny, tart wheels,
Sprinkled on my tea.
Werifesteria means to head into the forest looking for adventure, and we love this word because this is just what we do, where we’re taking you. Let the forest speak, reveal its stories, perhaps entice your own. It’s a journey of healing, understanding, patience and wonder. At times I can’t resist calling it magic, even if it’s really there in front of my eyes all the time. But, it takes time to change one’s perspective.
The paths and the roots are something we explore together. We in us and you in you. Art is a process in each of us, and art takes time. Healing takes time.
Werifesteria began with the songs. A full-length album – and the recording process takes time. Because as we’re diving into the soundscape, hiring musicians, working with studios and our own instruments and voices, each song has a mind of its own. It talks to us. There’s always a deeper message, and then layers upon layers of fun, inspiration and musical humour. And this takes time to discover. With every new instrument something new becomes tangible.
Enjoy the singles:
We have five more songs to complete, and out of these five two are close to done.
We’re having a lot of fun working with pros like Morgan Ågren, Marco Minnemann and Mohini Dey. They surprise us every time and you learn more about your own music in these collaborations than you would just going at it alone. Learning by doing, I guess.
Want to get deeper into the symbolism, the folklore and the nature mysticism? Well, then the stories might be for you. They are each different aspects of inner transformation, collaborating with and finding soul mates or soul family, the deeper bonds we feel instantly but can’t quite explain.
I love stepping into different characters and be them for a bit. Learn from them and discover corners of myself through their journeys.
The Werifesteria Elemental Series is a fantasy series. The first three volumes (Little bird lost, The raven in her heart and Queen of mud and time) are published, and there are more volumes on the way. You can read more about the series here.
I stumbled upon the genre ‘transcendental poetry’ and thought it rather fitting. Then, not long ago, I read about nature writing – and I suppose the poetry is both. Nature poetry. The voice of Mother Nature herself.
I’ve always loved the poets from the Romantic Movement who used nature, seasons and weather to symbolise the inner cosmos, our feelings and our depths.
Here’s Tree Kisses, to teach you to dance with trees and discover some of the forests many mysteries. Meetings, thoughts and a lot of heart, and the more recent Grape Flowers, filled with nature summer observations and thoughts.
And here’s the neat e-book accompanying the song “Gotta surrender” exploring the wild woman.
And more coming… 🙂
And then the Werifesteria art.
I’m experimenting these days to find the perfect expression. The perfect mixture between video, acrylic, photo and digital art. Because it’s as if I haven’t really seen what I’m looking for. Do you feel like this sometimes? The picture in your mind is unfinished and waiting for the right tools, the right mixture – the right moment. It’s try and fail, try and fail, try and fail and then try to finally succeed. And all the failed attempts were leading to the successful one.
A little frustrating, but just like everything else – it’s a process.
Just like the music and the words, art has its own ways of reaching corners and depths in ourselves. Whether creating or watching.
Right now you can enjoy the art here on our web site, on book covers and CD covers. Perhaps in the future we’ll be able to offer art in more formats.
Love and blessings,