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…

Watercolor runestone scroll

A departure, scroll wise. This is a watercolor of a runestone with the relevant scroll text. I don’t yet have a picture with seal and signatures. Red ink over watercolor for the text. The robin and apple refer to the recipients arms, the birds in the water are pelicans, and the mountains are the Lions,…

More printed textile evidence. 

I found a tiny bit of possibly printed fabric from medieval Russia in an article in ATN 58, bringing the total of finds I have seen to 4.  This is blue green and yellow on a tan or other light colored wool tabby, and is described as painted, technique unknown. The various pieces are reconstructed…

Pelican scroll by Beak

Beak made a Pelican scroll for Selene, based on this Byzantine mosaic ceiling. The dolphins are included to reference Selene’s armory.  

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…