Swedish easter witches

This paper decoration is illustrated by the amazing illustrator Helge Artelius, probably around the 1940s. It is a typical swedish easter witch, with her broom, kettle, cat and head cloth.

I found this vintage easter decoration on a flee market last summer and was so happy! I love the style, it makes me nostalgic. I have also bought two of his christmas angels, so lovely!

The easter witch is now mostly a nice old lady that hardly never scare kids. She is on her way to Blåkulla, that used to be a place for evil stuff, but no one remembers that anymore (and kids see much more evil stuff in their video games today so they do not care…). Small kids dress up as easter witches on Maundy thursday before easter and beg the neighbors for candy. It is a nice and sweet swedish easter tradition.

Lena Svalfors Hedin
Hi! My name is Lena and I love creative and beautiful things in life. Sometimes it inspires me to photograph and write something about it, hopefully you can enjoy it too. I have previously been freelancing as an illustrator, now I have a day job focused on communication, web development and graphic design for print and web.
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