Next time you look up into the royal blue of an evening sky and spy a falling star, think of the Elphen. Somewhere, not so far away, they are gathering their numbers to follow that star until it reaches Earth; where, hidden in the undergrowth they will find their treasure, an Elphen Egg, which has traversed the Starfields to reach its destination. You may well see them on their journey home, carrying their eggs between them. Tiny specks against the night sky; only visible when they cross a bright star, or the face of a full moon.
Finding an Elphen Egg was seen by many of the old societies of humankind as being a harbinger of good luck. Then, such searches were common place; now, however, it is difficult to find evidence of this practice. There are hints here and whispers there, but perhaps that knowledge no longer exists.
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Thus it is chronicled - or, is it simply, that the Elphen have sprinkled their Forgettle Dust over those whom have discovered their existence? We will never know for sure, but can only dream of what might be, in the vivid accounts and tales, relayed through the writings and paintings of Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles.
Elphen folklore, such as that relating to the Earthling, Fizz and her extraordinary experience on the planet Shimmistra, are chronicled in the pages of ‘Webstrand, the Tooth Gatherer’. A significant journey, with her Elphen companion, Webstrand, that results in a momentous change to her life.
Not the first of these folktales to be recorded, by any means, as other happenings in the world of Elphen have been lovingly captured for posterity, through further works of art and written accounts in Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles.
There are tales of Artimus Glin, an itinerant artist; whose meeting with the Elphen Swarm Leader, Lacewing, results in a creative legacy that was posthumously handed down to his grandson Zand. Zand’s own first encounter with the Elphen, Weftwing, is tenderly transcribed from his childhood memories, in The Paintbox Tales.
Through Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles we come to recognize the significance of Starfire, the Elphen Wizard and Seer, along with his fellow Swarm Leaders, Webstrand, Lacewing and Weftwing, to name but a few. We join them on their quests, learn of Elphen history, become familiar with their ways and ultimately, fall under their Elphen-spell – as did Artimus Glin, Fizz and Zand.
If you also come to believe in Elphen and search carefully along a star’s path, you may find what appears to be a small glowing ember in the undergrowth; but be on your guard, for once you start the search it can soon become an obsession.
Follow us to Paul’s Highland studio, from where he shares his love for all things Elphen and his passion for creating beautifully crafted artworks with which to illustrate their lives, as the one-and-only Elphen chronicler.
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Paul Taggart – Artist : Author : Presenter : Producer [Sole Author & Illustrator of ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles©’]
Eileen Tunnell – Project Director, Producer, Video Auteur ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’
Sunita Gahir – Design Director/Producer ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’
Liza Mulholland – Music Director/Producer ‘Paul Taggart’s Elphen Chronicles’