Mountains pride for Donnina, painted by Kattera.

A scroll for an outgoing thrown weapons champion. Gouache and ink on Bristol, 9″x12″ Kattera asked me to do the calligraphy and a sketch for her to work from. We picked this 15th c French Book of Hours, Beinecke MS 662, folio 21r, and replaced the miniature with the text. I also borrowed this cat…

Luciano’s Knighting scroll, with Tekla.

A scroll for Luciano’s knighting. 9″x 12″. Gouache and ink on Bristol board. Collaboration with Tekla Myszkowa. Some things are a stretch. This scroll surely was. We had almost exactly two weeks to make this happen, offer to concept to finished scroll and knighting. But, Collaboration makes it happen, to borrow from Sesame Street. Our…

Printing for Summits Tabards

Summits was gifted a lovely set of linoleum blocks making up the Principality Arms, made by Tariq al- Ghassani, when HAH Niall attended Estrella. I used them to print up blue linen for tabards for TAH Antoine and Kathren, to be sewn by Baroness Ayla. Block one, the mountain and grail. Adding the griffin Final…

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,…

Tree Block for Finn

I carved this block for Kateline to use making trim for a tunic for Finn. It’s 4″ in diameter and incorporates a charge from his arms inside a roundel border. Tree and future border space. The border design is loosely based on Sogdian samite textiles and their later imitations. Sources: The Metropolitan Museum of Art,…

Joy of the Summits

A collaborative project with Fjorlief inHaga. Gouache and India ink on Bristol, 11″ by 14″. Illumination by Fjorlief, based on the 1397 Kiev (also called Spiridon) Psalter. Calligraphy by me. Text from the Summits ceremonial. Peacocks in the Kiev Psalter. Source: Popova 1975 Kiev Psalter. Source: Popova 1975 Kiev Psalter. Source: Popova 1975 Kiev Psalter,…

Roman Carp Text

The text for this award was loosely based on the format of Roman military diplomas, which granted citizenship and other benefits to retiring soldiers. Recipients kept their customized copy, while one listing the entire regiment was kept in Rome. Diplomas were generally two bronze tablets wired together, with a case for lead seals on the…

Griffin printing for TAH Seamus and Turk

Two Princes needed step up clothes that said ‘Summits’. So, Ayla requested a griffin print for them. I used the existing ring and heart from the ponies, as seen on these 6-7th century wool tapestry leggings. I used the griffin from another piece, referring to the arms of the Summits. I had just gotten a…

Block printing for Istvan

I printed linen for a knighting tunic for Istvan, using a design based on an 10-11th c Russian find, also inspired by an illumination of Bulgars battling Byzantines from the early 11th c Menalogion of Basil II.  My block was carved as a linoleum block rather than a wood block for ease and speed of…