It's time to take the first step.
Come, take my hand.
Let's go together into the curious world of the ordinary.
Now is the time.
'Boreas' - John William Waterhouse, 1903.

I feel curious about the ordinary things in the world that so often go unnoticed. There is so much beauty and wisdom waiting to be discovered in the everyday things around us. I love the way folklore weaves a special kind of magic around these ordinary moments and provides a way to understand and capture our own stories.

I have created this website primarily as a way of channelling my inner librarian and recording my own explorations in the world of folklore. I find it helpful to create a map of the discoveries along the way, and if this is of interest to anyone else then that's an added bonus. I love all folklore, but my primary areas of interest are magical folklore, Japanese folklore, folktales and fairy tales and folklore in art. Curious Ordinary is a kind of virtual library and art gallery that will always be a work in progress.

'Shiranui Monogatari' - Utagawa Kunisada, Edo period.

Social Media

I post about folklore and art on Twitter and participate in #FolkloreThursday each week. You can also view my Twitter content in the sidebar of this blog.
If you're looking for visual inspiration I'm also on Instagram and Pinterest.