The Pressed Fairy Journal of Madeline Cottington
Winged wonders The quirky and anarchic faeries of Cottington Hall are back in a brand new volume of stories from the Froud powerhouse
Brian and Wendy Froud present stories and art from the Cottington Hall faeries.
When it comes to the worlds of faerie and folktale art, you can’t get much more preeminent than Brian and Wendy Froud. Wendy is best known as the fabricator of Yoda, while Brian worked with Terry Jones on the original Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book, released in 1995.
Now the Frouds have collaborated on a new Lady Cottington volume. This time it’s a scrapbook-style journal telling the story of the Cottingtons and the faeries living among them, then spinning a new narrative about the new faerie-related adventures of Maddie, one of their descendants.
It’s all gorgeously illustrated, with evocative paintings, quirky ephemera and steampunk-esque photography aplenty. These deliberately repulsive faeries are a world away from the delicate Disney archetype, and all the more interesting and intriguing for it.
Overall, there’s a verve and spirit to the art within the book that brings the Cottington’s story to vibrant life.
Brian and Wendy’s art visualises a host of weird and wonderful faerie folk in a variety of comical poses.