This year’s original art, created by Justine Ward, features the Jamaican Doctor Bird. It is said that the Doctor Bird is powerful magic. The ancient native people of Jamaica, the Arawaks, believed the God bird to be the reincarnation of dead souls. This elusive gossamer hummingbird is the national bird of Jamaica and lives no where in the world but the Island of Jamaica. Bad juju to anyone who harms even a tiny feather on its head.
“I looked at many photos of the Doctor Bird, the way their feathers look close up, Jamaican flowers and drew inspiration from spending time with my niece by my
lily pond and the work of Escher. For me it represents the expression of how music at your festival makes people feel, the solstice and the gathering of people from all over the world.” - Justine Ward
ABOUT JUSTINE WARD
Our dear friend. Justine Ward, has created originally themed, hand made paintings and drawings for SNWMF
since 2000, Justine designed, built and installed the backdrop for the main stage at SNWMF. You can read more about the process of constructing the backdrop, which is made from all natural materials, here. Justine is based in New Zealand where she lives with her daughter, Kalyani.