Morgyn Owens-Celli has been a straw artist for 25 years. He comes from
a family where this art is over five generations old. Having learned his
art in a traditional manner, much of Morgyn's work reflects the deep
and traditional designs that are native to this art form and his family
heritage. As an artist, he has explored the medium and continues to push the
boundaries of its physical limitations. Samples of his work are in the
permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution and two American
presidents have displayed his work in the White House.
Simply learning straw plait has never been enough to satisfy Morgyn. He
has spent countless hours searching for the folk customs and history connected
with this art. This Glory Braid is broom shaped and was hung in homes to
sweep away evil and bring in friends.
St. Brigit's Cross
This cross design is attributed to St. Brigit, an Irish saint, who was
imprisoned for her faith. It was designed so that the last straw
held it all together and if danger of persecution came that straw
could be removed and the cross would become a pile of straw on the
floor. Additionally, according to folklore, it was posted at
crossroads to indicate that a market fair would be held near
that spot soon.