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…

Jewel of the Summits scroll. 

This is a variant style of illumination, based on a Gospel from Novgorod. Sumi gold, red ink and gouache on pergamenta.  In a departure from the tetralogical style, the red outline was done almost last. Looking at the exemplar, it appears that the green frame and blue background and letters were painted first, followed by…

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….

Carta Ejecutoria de Hidalguia for Armand. Part two, the finished booklet. 

Armand’s Order of Defence scroll is actually a booklet, based on a Spanish document called a Carta Ejecutoria de Hidalguia, which confirmed a noble and family as such, and could be used to prove entitlement to various exemptions and benefits.  These texts were often rather long, with some examples having 30 pages or more. For…

Wooden seals for tribute bags, from Novgorod

Fur collectors and tribute collectors in Novgorod used cylindrical wooden seals to secure and mark bags of fur and other items. I want to try making some of these, as the mechanism is very intriguing.   Seal locks, wooden cylinders bored through vertically and horizontally, were used to both secure and mark tribute sacks, usually…

Pendants for Novgorod temple rings. 

Tiered Trapezoidal pendants are often found with Novgorod temple rings. Other hanging ornaments such as chains, bells, dangles and other temple rings are occasionally found as well. (Sedov, Ivanovo, Glazov) The pendants are also found with other simpler types of temple rings, as well as separately, presumably after falling off the associated ring.. Pendant decoration…