Brass laurel wreath plaques. Part one, the matrix.

I set out to make stamped laurel wreath plaques for future embellishments. I’ll be using brass for cost reasons, though gold is period and lovely. Thanks again to William Beornson for advice and studio time. William and I decided to have the matrix be the harder surface, since the design would be smaller pieces of…

Runestone Championship scroll

A championship scroll based on 10th-11th c.  runestones, particularly the Näsby Odensala stone. Ink and gouache on Bristol. The text is written in Swedish runes ca 1000, and is inspired by drottkvætt, Norse skaldic verse. The text reads: King Christian, fierce Sable Lion Kind Helene, glittering queen Send for their clever skald snow drifts’s slow…

Penwork Royal Cipher

A Royal Cipher based on a 14th c Dutch manuscript. Ink and gouache on pergamenta. 8.5″ x 11″. Text provided. Exemplar . I flipped and modified this m into a w, and left the middle of the bottom roundel for the seal. Layout and calligraphy. Blue ink. Red ink. Final touches in green gouache. Sealed…

13th c Russian Metal plaques.

A 13th c find from the Dmitrov Kremlin includes a headdress and collar with silver gilt stamped plaques sewn on. I made a version of the headdress plaques in brass, and helped make the die and matrix to stamp them with. I choose brass for cost purposes, though the die and matrix set can be…

Sword Calligraphy for Matthias.

Matthias asked me to write his letter of intent for an archery and thrown weapons competition on a gloriously improbable glass sword blade. I’m told the blade was originally part of a fish ladder viewing window at Bonneville dam. I determined that pebeo pens would be the best option, ruled lines and wrote the text…

Russian Baronial award, by Michael.

I was honored to receive my Barony’s persona award this past weekend, and Michael Sinclair made this lovely Russian scroll for me!! It’s gouache on pergamenta, and about 11″ x 14″.

Offered for the Order of the Laurel!!!

Two weekends ago, I was offered entrance into the Order of the Laurel, the SCA wide Order for excellence in Arts and Sciences! I’m really excited, and am planning cool new clothes, of course. This will be done at TriBarony Yule, December 1st, in Three Mountains.

Tiny Mountains Pride.

A wee Champions Scroll based on a leaf from a late 15th c Burgundian book of hours, picturing Death personified as a skeleton, at the beginning of the Office of the Dead. Gouache and India ink on pergamenta. Approximately 3.5″ by 5.5″, close to the size of the exemplar. Exemplar. Source: Sotheby’s Calligraphy and sketch….

Nitra Temple rings/Earrings, trial run.

Ælfflæd has been exploring the 9th c Principality of Nitra, in modern day Slovakia. These ca 9th c bronze temple ornaments/earrings from Nitra Castle caught her eye. So I made her some. Source: West Slavs in Archaeology. Source: Ruttkayová & Ruttkay. The sources I have are limited and do not list size or details of…

Insular Mountain Sun

A Baronial award based on the 13th century Irish Cormac Psalter. Gouache and India ink on paper. Folio 122r Folio 60r Interestingly, this manuscript uses both Insular Majuscule and Insular Miniscule. I choose to use Insular Majuscule, as that was used on my inspiration page. The height of the text is graduated, also based on…

Tree Block for Finn

I carved this block for Kateline to use making trim for a tunic for Finn. It’s 4″ in diameter and incorporates a charge from his arms inside a roundel border. Tree and future border space. The border design is loosely based on Sogdian samite textiles and their later imitations. Sources: The Metropolitan Museum of Art,…

Russian Charter set

A set of five charters for An Tir in the tetralogical style, these were loosely based on a 14th c gospel from Moscow. The Awards included are the Lion’s Torse, Lion’s Cub, Terpsichore’s Fox, Leo Minor, and Lion’s Mane. To make them a set, I drew the frame and then added different critters and knotwork…