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        THE APHRODITE

        A mixture of pale coral, white and soft grey

        THE STORY OF APHRODITE & ARES

        It only felt apt to call this the Aphrodite after the Greek goddess of love and beauty and her own tumultuous love stories. There are many of them, but one that stood out was the story of Aphrodite, Hephaistos and Ares.

        Hephaistos was the crippled son of Hera & Zeus and younger brother to Ares, the God of War. Hera, ashamed of his crippled form, sent him to earth where he was rescued and raised. Scorned by his Mother’s treatment, he sent many gifts to Olympus to try and punish her, eventually he succeeded in entrapping her within a golden throne.

        Zeus, offered the hand of Aphrodite in marriage to the God who could bring Hephaistos to Mount Olympus in hopes of freeing his Queen. Aphrodite agreed to the arrangement in the belief that her beloved Ares would prevail. Sadly, this was not to be and Hephaistos ascended the heavens and claimed her as his bride.

        Unhappily married she began a romantic affair with her true love Ares which lasted the entirety of her marriage to Hephaistos and beyond. The rivalry between Ares and Hephaestus lasted a life time too.

        A final note on Aphrodite which I found fascinating, it wasn’t that she didn’t or couldn’t love the crippled Hephaistos. She loved everyone she came into contact with as it was her nature to but she, as the Goddess of love, just couldn’t be tied down to one person. She simply just wasn’t meant to be possessed by one man alone.

        ABOUT YOUR BACKDROP

        It is an honour to create art for you. Each of my backdrops are handmade by my very hands in my little studio in Old Amersham, from the cutting of the fabric, painting, sewing, packaging and heading to the postoffice. I’ve taken months in developing and designing these and my heart is poured into every one.
        Each is made with natural linen fabric which has a different weave with every roll. Using a mixture of mediums to achieve the soft, mottled finished adored by stylists, photographers and creatives a like, the backdrop is therefore not waterproof and can be stained by water, much like natural silks. After much testing, I prefer to keep the paint light but full coverage to ensure the backdrops also do not become too heavy or a pain to fold back up after use. Your backdrop is folded lightly when packaged for postage and this does mean there might be natural creases within it, so please allow 2 days hanging for the folds to natural drop, another option is to iron on the back using a thin cloth. I usually find it’s safe to iron directly onto the paint, but with your backdrop you might be a little more precious of it. Use the cotton setting on your iron.
        From emailing your order to me through to sending your beautiful backdrop to you, takes approximately 2 weeks however slightly longer if the studio is busy. Please email sundari@sundariferris.co.uk to check studio scheduling and lead times.
        Unfortunately due to the process of these backdrops I am currently unable to take rush orders but what this does mean that your backdrop will be one of a kind and unique just as each story is no matter who is telling it. I can take bespoke orders for an additional fee so just head to my contact page to get in touch. As I am a one-man-band, it’ll take me 3-4 working days to get in touch.
        If you’d like to read more about the process and materials then please click here.