I can’t remember how I ended up stumbling upon the brand Ovate, most likely my love of exploring Etsy. Generally when I find a seller on Etsy whose products I love, I always browse their favourites for links to brands similar in style, it’s a great way of discovering new things. Ovate is designed by Audrey Cantwell and made in Montreal.
I did some research into the word Ovate finding it to stem from Druidry, which is split into three areas of study and practice: those of the Bard, Ovate and Druid.
What is an Ovate?
The Ovate is a seer, combining mental and spiritual discipline with the intuitive gifts of the bard, seeking through awen-inspired vision to understand the flow of events, past, present, and future. A primary Ovate skill is divination, seen in its literal sense as communication with the divine. Another is healing, the Ovate practice of healing drawing on an understanding of the flow of spirit, the will of the gods and the nature of human destiny.
All of this was absolutely unknown to me, and I find it all fantastically interesting. I have all the time in the world to learn about new things.
For more information on: Druidry.
There is also a Nordic influence in Audrey’s designs like in the The Curse of Busla dress which features a vertical rune print that reads “May Cliffs Be Shattered” which is taken from an ancient Norse poem that the dress is named after.
I have my sights set on obtaining the Leather Panelled Leggings, although currently sold out, apparently they should make a return in January. It’s not often I like an entire collection by a designer but this is perfect in my books. Dark, mysterious, elegant, all the right shapes and materials. I urge you to check out the website or Etsy store and see for yourself.
Audrey’s current collection, La Grande Noirceur. Just spectacular right?