Laurel Diadem

A silk diadem based on 12th century finds from Novgorod, in particular a reconstruction of one of several diadems found in the Boris and Gleb cathedral. The diadem from grave 285 was reconstructed by AA Strokov based on the position of multiple types of plaques and other ornament found in the burial. Other graves in…

Seamus’ Laurel scroll

Gouache and India ink on pergamenta. Approximately 8″ x 11″. Based on the page discussing the laurel from a well travelled Historia Plantarum, which was made in late 14th c Milan for King Wenceslas of Bohemia, rebound by King Matthias of Hungary in the 15th c, and passed through an Italian Cardinal’s library, before ending…

Laurel elevation details.

I was elevated to the Order of the Laurel December 1st, 2018. I had a ton of help with clothes, ceremony and much more. Victor, James, Ælfflæd, Vesta and Mir spoke for me. Joseph was my Herald, and Laurence and the kiddos processed in with me. I swore on the Orb. Medallion by Bill Dawson…

Laurel Vigil

I vigiled twice, in order to see people outside by local area too. My priorities were space to chat, a book and bread and salt plus goodies. Vigil One was at Collegium, and I have fewer pictures. I wore an ancient underdress, the Severian temple rings, and my paneva and apron. Marzipan in the shape…

Laurel Wreath Plaques, part two.

Having made the matrix, it was time to use it. Initially, I used a lead cookie to back the foil, but this proved to move too easily, and was impossible to reset to reuse, causing double stamps. The image is doubled, meaning the lead would need to be recast. Though this is a period method,…

German Amicus Musarum

A Baronial award based on a mid 15th century German bible. Ink and gouache on pergamenta. The original manuscript measures 15.5 x 9cm, mine is a touch larger. Folio 19r Folio 107r The style is relatively loose, with a fair amount intentional white space. I worked mostly from folio 19r, turning the saint portrait into…

Bronze Temple Ring Pendants, part 4.

I assembled two more sets of temple rings/ pendants based on medieval Nw Russian finds. Pair three, previously cut and stamped, is based on the pendant top right of the following image. Temple rings, pendants, and earrings from St Petersburg, 11th-12th c. Source: Glasov I cut jump rings from a bronze wire coil, including two…

Tetralogical Illumination in Medieval Russia

I taught a class at An Tir Collegium 2018 on my favorite Russian illumination style, the tetralogical, or knotwork style. That handout is expanded from previous versions, and available here: Tetralogical Ilumination in Medieval Russia

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…