Block printing for Istvan

I printed linen for a knighting tunic for Istvan, using a design based on an 10-11th c Russian find, also inspired by an illumination of Bulgars battling Byzantines from the early 11th c Menalogion of Basil II.  My block was carved as a linoleum block rather than a wood block for ease and speed of…

Trompe l’Oeil Scroll Crystal Rainbow

A Crystal Rainbow for Ciarnat, based on the pages for the Office of the Dead in a distinctive late 15th c.  French Book of Hours.  Modern and period gouache and ink on pergamenta.  The source manuscript uses a conceit of trompe l’oeil scrolls resting on backgrounds ranging from faux marble, to woven patterns, skulls, or…

Coronation block printing 

Ayla asked me to print fabric suitable for an outdoor coronation, with washability and visual representation of the Crown of An Tir as priorities. I started with linen and an example of a 14th c extant piece from Forrer.    The eagle was replaced by a lion, representative of the kingdom arms,  the crown was…

Laurel scroll for Elisabeth Piper. 

This was a backlog scroll, and was long overdue. Jacqueline commissioned me to make Elisabeth her Laurel scroll for the approximately 26th anniversary of her Laurelling.  The scroll design and calligraphy are based largely on a 1569 grant of arms to Sir Nicholas Bacon, with text based on a 1571 grant of arms combined with…

Russian Stormblade

A baronial champion award for Stromgard. Based on a 16th c Russian Acts of the Apostles. Modern and period gouache, gold and black ink on Bristol. I combined motifs from several pages of this manuscript to create my design. The outlines appear to have been done in gold, likely leaf. I have used gold colored…

Ethiopian Inspired Mountain Sun by Carith

Carith fell in love with these Ethiopian Gospel pages from the Walters Museum, Manuscript W.836 and modified them to fit her recipient, who has a great fondness for rabbits, and uses them in her arms. This lively scroll was given out at Three Mountains Yule, December 2016.   Adding bunnies.  Full cartoon.  Transliteration of the…

Runestone Pelican scroll. 

A Pelican scroll based on 10th-11th c.   runestones from Sweden.  Ink and gouache on Bristol.  The text is written in Swedish runes ca 1000, and is inspired by drottkvætt, Norse skaldic verse. I believe I’ve gotten closer to the form this time.  ‘This stone was raised at Egils 43.   Dwarf named was Sir…

Temple rings with dangles from Weismain, the mockup. 

Ever since I first saw these temple rings on Pinterest, I knew I had to make them. Some research and image searching led me to the Landschaftsmuseum Obermain auf der Plassenburg ob Kulmbach online.  Found in Weismain, Bavaria, in grave 53, and dated to the 9th century, they have a distinctive framework echoed in a…

Russian Lion’s Strength, in sepia. 

A Lion’s Strength scroll based on the mid 14th c Theodore Lectionary.  Pigments, gum Arabic, and commercial gold ink on Pergamenta.    The order of operations seems odd on the exemplar. It looks to me as if the gold was painted over another color in some places. A change of plan? Flakey gilding? I have…

S-shaped temple rings

S-Shaped temple rings are found in multiple early medieval (generally 9th- 13thc ) East and West Slavic contexts, including Russian, Czech, German, and Polish. The name comes from the S shaped terminal on one end of the ring. There are several typologies in use, differentiating by the treatment of the other end of the ring,…

A Selection of Digitized German Scribal Modelbooks 

Medieval and Renaissance illuminators and calligraphers also used various pattern books, calligraphic exemplars, and sketchbooks; surviving examples range from one page alphabets to an illuminated step by step treatise on how to paint acanthus leaves and diapered backgrounds.  Model books could be a few pages bound with other content, or be discrete volumes. Some early…