tanits-well-press

Tanit’s Well Press is a zine and craft movement celebrating folklore, ecology, mythology and mysticism on Eivissa.

“…In those days, people understood that there is a contract between people and the land: You care for it, and it cares for you. The source of the Kingdom’s life…was the sacred water of the wells. The wells were tended by maidens, and these maidens were the Voices of the Wells…”Β  Sharon Blackie

Although these ideas originate in Arthurian times in England, nowhere are they more relevant than on the Mediterranean island of Ibiza, where long summer months parch the earth dry, putting nature into a state of hibernation that islanders refer to as a second winter. Here, white-washed wells scattered about the countryside point towards an ancient Eivissan culture based around water; giver of life, symbol of fertility, embodied by the goddess worshipped by the first Phoenician settlers – Tanit.

The tourist industry which arrived on Ibiza in the 1950’s and has since escalated to dizzying heights has unbalanced the island’s ecology on many levels, but the starkest symbol of its damage to the island is the depletion of its subterranean aquifers, the stores of fresh water which feed the island’s wells.

Tanit’s Well Press aims toΒ use the ‘zine’ movement, as well as a range of hand-made and hand-illustrated paper crafts, craft objects and ephemera, to transmit the island’s forgotten stories linking man and woman to the land, and to guide us back to the wells.

Coming soon to the Mercat de Forada, Ibiza’s wonderful local produce market, as well as other events and festivals.

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