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…

Vesta’s Minoan dress presentation. 

Vesta took her research into the nature and construction of Minoan womens clothing to An Tir Kingdom Arts &Sciences this March.  The various iterations are shown here, Vesta is wearing her most current version.  Vesta’s  complete paper can be found at:

Hollow Bead Temple Rings, in process. 

While I was researching the Novgorod rhomboidal temple rings, I encountered another type in the Vodskaya digs outside Novgorod that caught my interest.  This is a temple ring that takes the form of a hoop threaded with multiple hollow beads. In the Vodskaya digs pictured below there are between 4 and 9 beads per ring….

Novgorod temple rings part 3.

Since I was entering the Novgorod Slovene temple rings I had made in An Tir’s Arts and Sciences Championship, I decided to make another pair, either as part of the entry or to be able to wear some while I presented.  These turned out to be a bigger diameter with smaller flanges, and I ended…

Novgorod Tetralogical Gospel pages 

For An Tir Kingdom Arts and Sciences, I wanted one of my entires to be scribal based. My favorite style is the Novgorod tetralogical style, so I decided on a Gospel opening in that style. I picked the Gospel according to John after asking the eventual recipient (Tvoromir Danilov) what their favorite Gospel was. I…