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Delightful Itchen Stoke

After seeing some discussion on the TLS Facebook page this week, we thought it might be nice to share a bit of information about the delightful little church of St. Mary’s in the English village of Itchen Stoke, along with some photos of the labyrinth that Jeff took a few years ago when the altar [Read More]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

This vintage Valentine from the Labyrinthos archive was sent to Master Layton Blake in St. Albans, Vermont in 1917 – exactly 100 years ago (back when you could still get a postage stamp for a penny)! As you can see, the significance of a maze was clearly understood, and we love the subtle connection to [Read More]

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A Prisoner’s Labyrinth

Our house (which we lovingly refer to as Labyrinthos HQ) is home to an amazing assortment of mazes, labyrinths and related ephemera that have been collected from round the world over the past 40 years or so. This beautiful locking writing box was probably made in Scotland early in the 1800’s, by a French prisoner of war, [Read More]

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Threading the Maze

December is flying by, and we have been out and about, travelling to Spain and Italy to both broaden our research and deepen our connections with friends and fellow labyrinth enthusiasts. But despite being physically out in the world, I am feeling particularly quiet and pulled-in this year. 2016 has been a year of extremes [Read More]

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Honouring the Artist

With all the focus on creative mazes in Saffron Walden last weekend, it seemed only right to make a small pilgrimage to nearby Hadstock to visit the grave of Michael Ayrton, a non-conformist 20th-century artist who lived in North Essex. A sculptor, painter, author, filmmaker, and maze designer, Ayrton’s life was changed forever when he visited Crete [Read More]

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Minotaur Mania

Mazes and minotaurs go together; clearly you can’t have a Maze Festival without a fair few minotaurs showing up… So what do you do with them? Well, you could start by tossing rings onto the monster’s horns then have a go at whacking him down For a change of pace, you might want to try [Read More]

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Mandala Maze

It started out as a great idea and a spiral drawn in chalk: and then magic happened! Sculptor Tessa Hawkes invited people attending the 2016 Saffron Walden Maze Festival to co-create a a unique snail shell mandala maze in her garden, and even she was amazed by what evolved. Out on the Common, people were [Read More]

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A-Maze-ing Saffron Walden!

Every few years, the Minotaur comes to Saffron Walden, home of the wonderful 17th century turf maze. He came, in many forms, as part of the 2016 Saffron Walden Maze Festival, which was a rousing success. Every three years, the town celebrates its maze-y history, as enthusiasts and creatives gather together to chat, walk, make, and play with labyrinths and [Read More]