'Clootie Well' in Black Isle, Scotland
A cloot is simply a cloth. Clootie wells are a last reminder of the healing wells of the Celts and Romans.
In those ancient wells, people with ailments would come to wash and would throw in little carvings of the afflicted body part as an offering to the spirit of the well - little arms and legs, like the Milagros still found in Mexico. When excavating ancient wells in Celtic countries, archaeologists regularly find these little carvings. In Northumberland, England more than 14,000 coins, statuettes, jewels and pottery were discovered in an ancient well.
Later, people simply brought a piece of cloth, dipped it in the healing well water and used it to wash their body. Then they hung up the cloth on a tree by the well. This is still going on today and the few clootie wells left in Scotland and Ireland. During one of the recent World Cups for Soccer, the tree at the clootie well in Munlochy (the one in the picture) was covered with the scarves and shirts of soccer fans! It did not bring Scotland much luck.
For wealth and success, rather than healing, people often threw in a coin, hoping it would be returned to them many times over wishing wells and throwing coins in a fountain are Celtic and Roman traditions still very much with us today. At some wells, a bent pin was the preferred offering.
The traditional times for visiting these wells were the solstices and equinoxes so having exhibition at the beginning of November just after Halloween is very appropriate
If you pilgrimage to 'a life less limited' you will be able to visit my own artistic version of the clootie well. Each person touches the earth with their own spiritual energy and I have made a meditative room in the gallery that visitors can hang trinkets and messages on and there by leave behind a visual memory of them being there as well as experience the energy of others being there before them. Come and experience Art and Life