Carta Ejecutoria for Armand. Part one, the Concept. 

So, I was asked to make a Master of Defence scroll for Armand Chavez De Castile.  I knew I wanted to make a Carta Ejecutoria de Hidalguia, and preferably the long form, which was usually bound as a book. Since I read modern Spanish tolerably well, I thought of writing the text in Spanish, as…

Block Printed Pony fabric

Blockprinted in June 2016 with linoleum blocks and fabric paint (jacquard neopaque) on silk. Three blocks and four colors.  Design based on a 6-7thc Greco-Egyptian wool and linen tapestry weave find from Antinöe, described as leggings.  http://www.mtmad.fr/fr/pages/topnavigation/musees_et_collections/mt_les_collections/mt-oeuvres_en_vedette/mt-chefs-oeuvre.aspx The ring is a separate block. Size of 8″ was chosen to work within an existing modular block…

Stormhunter scroll by Carith de Cuevas

Carith de Cuevas made this truly  lovely scroll for an outgoing archery champion in Stromgard. She did the design, gilding and painting, with some really neat personal references for the recipient worked in. It was given out at Archery Academy, and was even more gorgeous in person.  She based it largely on a ca 1594-1596…

Romanesque Pelican: the text. 

The text to the Romanesque Pelican.  I wanted this, even though it would be in English rather than Latin, to evoke the same time and place as the illumination, so since the Bury Bible was made in and for the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds, I looked for local documents to base the text on. …

Romanesque Pelican 

A pelican scroll based on the Bury Bible. Given at May Crown 2016.  Text written by me (next post). Gouache and ink with dip pen on pergamenta. Gold is gold gouache burnished. Rotunda hand is also influenced by the hand in the Arnstein bible, which is roughly contemporary.  I was in love with the opening…