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September 2008 -- Blades



  • Behind the Art:
    Working with Multi-media
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    September Newsness
  • Artist Spotlight:
    Lee Brown Coye (1907-1981)
  • Myths and Symbols:
    The Quintessential Blade
  • Wombat Droppings:
    Doing the Gallery Thing


  • How to Practice Cyberfunded Creativity


  • Poem: Lady of the Pond


  • Falheria: Blades
  • Tomb of the King: Kelsar, Part 2

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  • Aztec Macahuitl
    Aztec Macahuitl
    by Theresa Mather

    This is a machhuitl (or machuatl), a particularly vicious Aztec weapon. The sharp blades were devastating in the hands of a trained warrior; according to writings of the Spanish Conquistadors one of these could drop a horse with a single blow, leaving the dismounted Conquistador to receive the second blow. I painted the wooden handle, the rest of the recreation is the work of archaeologist Dr. Susan "Arizona" Gleason of Phoenix Obsidian Designs (

    Theresa Mather 's artwork explores a wide range of the fantasy bestiary, from traditional fauna like dragons, gryphons and unicorns to unusual versions of the pets lurking within our own homes, keeping their true nature hidden from us. She studied art at the University of California at Santa Cruz and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, and now resides in the red rock country of southern Utah, where she enjoys hiking and exploring when she isn't painting or drawing. Her website can be found at
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