Sophy Hollington reveals new clothing collaboration inspired by an Icelandic ghost story

Just in time for Halloween, the Brighton-based illustrator collaborated with clothing line Percival to illustrate the story of The Deacon of Dark River.

Date
29 October 2021

Djákninn á Myrká, or The Deacon of Dark River, is an Icelandic folk tale that tells the story of a ghostly deacon who takes his living girlfriend for a ride under the moonlight only to try and pull her into his grave to join him in the afterlife, from which she manages to escape. Sophy Hollington has provided her own version of the story in the form of her signature linocuts which have been embroidered and screen printed onto Percival’s jersey line.

The scene depicts the two lovers – one living and one dead – going for their moonlit horse ride, along with the quote “The moon glides, death rides”. In classic Hollington style, the figures are minimalistic and are adorned with celestial symbols like stars and animated moon faces. Symbols like stars, the moon, a volcano – a nod to the story’s country of origin – and a horse. The line is announced alongside a behind-the-scenes video which offers a look into how Hollington, through an intricate and organic process, creates her familiar linocuts.

“I was particularly drawn to a quote from the Deacon as he’s riding with Guðrú,” Hollington tell us, “where he says: “The moon glides, death rides. Don't you see a white spot on the back of my head, Garún , Garún?” referring to a glimpse of his skull that was showing through the death-blow to his head.” Hollington continues to explain to us that in Icelandic folklore, “spirits of the dead often give themselves away by repeating the last word of a sentence and being unable to pronounce certain words which explains why he can’t say her name properly.” The scene Hollington depicts is the moment Guðrú realises she’s riding with her deceased partner’s spirit and not the man himself.

The line also features a limited edition Ouija board hand screen printed in London with Hackney-based Manson Press. The glow in the dark board is designed by Illwookie, AKA Will Richards, and a custom laser-etched planchet to contact spirits.

The collection is available online and at the Percival Soho store.

Sophy Hollington: The Deacon of Dark River (Copyright © Percival, 2021)

GallerySophy Hollington: The Deacon of Dark River (Copyright © Percival, 2021)

Hero Header

Sophy Hollington: The Deacon of Dark River (Copyright © Percival, 2021)

Share Article

About the Author

Dalia Al-Dujaili

Dalia joined It’s Nice That as a news writer in July 2021 after graduating in English Literature from The University of Edinburgh. She's written for various indie publications such as Azeema and Notion, and ran her own magazine and newsletter platforming marginalised creativity.

dad@itsnicethat.com

It's Nice That Newsletters

Fancy a bit of It's Nice That in your inbox? Sign up to our newsletters and we'll keep you in the loop with everything good going on in the creative world.