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…

Black Hours Household award

    An award for a household, in the style of the late 15th c Sforza Black Hours, now housed in Vienna. Hand mixed gouache, silver and gold ink (windsor and newton) on black parchment.  Pigments used include synthetic vermilion and ultramarine, green and purple earth, and titanium white. All colors had to have white…

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…

Two Recent block printing commissions 

These are two blockprinting commissions from this winter.  Both of these are registered by eye, as I was working in the smaller space indoors.  First, a set of trim options on crossdyed silk, using the Russian round block, the heart from the pony print, a rose, and a diamond made of hearts carved by Fjorlief….

Summits themed block printing. 

Ayla Roth had a vision in blue for TAH Tjorkill and Alina’s step up clothes. I started out printing the fabric for his caftan, and then I printed some pieces speculatively, that turned into trim for the both of them. All of the fabric used the first of the Chernigov blocks with a variety of…

Pskov inspired underdress

I made an underdress based on the one found at Pskov grave 3 and dated to the mid tenth to early eleventh century for HAH Alina, and since her measurements are similar, I used one for me as a mockup. The original is blue linen (indigotin dyed) with red-purple roundel patterned silk samite trim. This…

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…

Minoan saffron pattern printing commission. 

Vesta requested printed linen based on patterned fabric from a Minoan fresco. No, I don’t have evidence for Minoan printing, this was done to get the look.    We enlarged the pattern some for printing.    Since this pattern would need to match, I folded the drawing to check alignment.  Roughed out block. Source: Link…