Russian charter set for An Tir

A set of art for charters (preprints) in the Russian tetralogical style. Award of arms Goutte de sang. Jambe de leon. Grey goose shaft Sable gauntlet Inspiration Grey goose in progress Award of arms with text. Aoa painted. Sable gauntlet painted. Sources: Bowater, Marina, and V. V. Stasov. The Decorative Art of Russia. New York:…

Sable Scrivner by Rannveig

Several years ago I received a Sable Scrivner award, but with no scroll. So, it went on the backlog list. Recently Masteritsa Rannveig picked up the assignment, and delivered this lovely piece in the braid style to me at July Coronation. I love it. It reads, in English, as follows: The skill and work of…

Tetralogical scroll for Hlutwige

A Thank You scroll for the outgoing Baroness who has almost everything. Hand mixed gouache, India ink and finetec gold on pergamenta. Approximately 11×17. Most of the gouache I used was received as a prize and made by Antonia Crivelli. This piece was inspired by several manuscripts in the tetralogical style. The frame was based…

Laurel lunula from Tullia

Tullia made lovely little laurel stamped lunulas, and gifted me one. This meant I had to string it. I looked at a few examples of strung lunulas. Source: PMA Cyfrowe Zasoby Muzeum Archeologicznego date: XII -XIII c. place: unknown From Nitra, Slovakia I settled on this set of beads from Novgorod as my inspiration. Source:…

Carnelian and rock crystal necklace.

A necklace based particularly on finds from 11-13th c Russia, but that could fit in many other places and times. Cornerless carnelian rectangles paired with rock crystal rounds and squished rounds. This is strung on modern plasticized cable with a purchased clasp. Source: Sedov Source: Sedov 12th c jewelry in the Hermitage. Another 7th-10th c…

Laurel Diadem

A silk diadem based on 12th century finds from Novgorod, in particular a reconstruction of one of several diadems found in the Boris and Gleb cathedral. The diadem from grave 285 was reconstructed by AA Strokov based on the position of multiple types of plaques and other ornament found in the burial. Other graves in…

Laurel elevation details.

I was elevated to the Order of the Laurel December 1st, 2018. I had a ton of help with clothes, ceremony and much more. Victor, James, Ælfflæd, Vesta and Mir spoke for me. Joseph was my Herald, and Laurence and the kiddos processed in with me. I swore on the Orb. Medallion by Bill Dawson…

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…

Bronze Temple Ring Pendants, part 4.

I assembled two more sets of temple rings/ pendants based on medieval Nw Russian finds. Pair three, previously cut and stamped, is based on the pendant top right of the following image. Temple rings, pendants, and earrings from St Petersburg, 11th-12th c. Source: Glasov I cut jump rings from a bronze wire coil, including two…

Tetralogical Illumination in Medieval Russia

I taught a class at An Tir Collegium 2018 on my favorite Russian illumination style, the tetralogical, or knotwork style. That handout is expanded from previous versions, and available here: Tetralogical Ilumination in Medieval Russia

Brass laurel wreath plaques. Part one, the matrix.

I set out to make stamped laurel wreath plaques for future embellishments. I’ll be using brass for cost reasons, though gold is period and lovely. Thanks again to William Beornson for advice and studio time. William and I decided to have the matrix be the harder surface, since the design would be smaller pieces of…

13th c Russian Metal plaques.

A 13th c find from the Dmitrov Kremlin includes a headdress and collar with silver gilt stamped plaques sewn on. I made a version of the headdress plaques in brass, and helped make the die and matrix to stamp them with. I choose brass for cost purposes, though the die and matrix set can be…