Monday, April 1, 2019

Achievements & Depression

Two years ago today, I was recognized as a Peer in the SCA, and elevated to the Order of the Laurel. It was a goal I had been working toward for around 10 years. The vigil and elevation were amazing experiences. The scroll, gifts, and regalia that were crafted by my friends & my lady are dear treasures that have hundreds of hours of labor and love poured into them. I'm still overwhelmed by the generosity that exists within the SCA, and proud to be a part of it.

Despite achieving this recognition, I wasn't truly happy. I of course had happy moments. But overall, the last couple of years have been a struggle. I hit the bottom of a pretty deep depression about a year ago. With the help of therapy, medication, and a very understanding wife, I've slowly been creeping my way out of that hole.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

A Year of Changes

First things first: I want to apologize for not posting anything in the last ~year or so. There's still a ton I want to get to, but I haven't gotten to it.

I have all sorts of valid excuses of course... In February of 2016 my lady and I started looking for a new home together, and started getting ready to put our old home on the market. In June we closed on a new home, and we moved in in the beginning of July. From July through September we worked on the old house, put it on the market, and sold it. Since July, we've been unpacking, making some improvements to the new home, doing more unpacking, etc.

With the arrival of spring looming, it felt like we were almost done with the improvements and unpacking, and would be just about ready to get working in our new Scriptorium!

Unbeknownst to me, their Majesties, Highnesses, my lady, and my friends were all conspiring on a large surprise for me...

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Apprenticeship Indenture for Adrienne d'Evreus to Isabel Chamberlain

Project:Apprenticeship Indenture for Adrienne & Isabel
Words:Mistress Alys Mackyntoich & Mistress Isabel Chamberlain
Calligraphy:Lord Alexandre Saint Pierre
Paper:9" x 12" Parchment by David de Rosier-Blanc
Script:My own Secretary Hand
Pens:Mitchell #6 and #4
Inks:Ian the Green's Iron Gall Ink
Inspiration:Multiple, see below

Bureaucracy, red-tape and forms filled out in triplicate: not things most people think of when they think of beautiful documents. But in reality, almost as soon as humans invented writing, we started using it to record legal agreements between people. Medieval contracts are just as verbose as our modern day legalese. But in those days before carbon paper and ball point pens, they had a much more artistic way of handling the need for each party to a contract walking away with a copy: the Indentured Chirograph.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Tracing is Period & Good!

Pardon folks, but I'm a little fired up over something, and need to rant about it.

I often see new scribes who have been told or feel they must create original art, or that tracing from period sources is frowned upon or not allowed. Excuse me? There are so many things wrong with this idea that I'm having a hard time figuring out where to start... Oh... I know! Let's start with the fact that:

Tracing is a period technique!

Cennino Cennini provides methods for tracing and talks about why it is desired in his 15th century treatise, Il Libro dell'Arte.

"Chapter 27 - How you should contrive to copy and draw after as few masters as possible.  
... strive and delight always to copy the best things that you can find, made by the hand of great masters. And if you are in a place where there have been many good masters, so much the better for you. But I give you this advice: be careful always to pick out the best and the one that has the best reputation. And if, day in and day out, you follow one like that it will be odd if nothing of his style and manner rubs off on you."
-Broecke, Lara. (2015) Cennino Cennini's Il Libro dell'Arte: A new English translation and commentary with Italian transcription. London England: Archetype Publications. p. 47

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Anna Ophelia Holloway Tarragon - Tyger of the East - a.s. l

Project:Tyger of the East for Duchess Anna Ophelia Holloway Tarragon
Words:Lady Adrienne d'Evreus
Translation:Master Steffan ap Kennydd
Calligraphy:Lord Alexandre Saint Pierre
Illumination:Lord Alexandre Saint Pierre
Paper:9" x 12" Parchment by David de Rosier-Blanc
Script:Gothic Quadrata main text, Gothic Secretary Interlinear gloss.
Pens:~1mm Goose Quill for primary text, pointed metal nib for gloss & outlines.
Inks:Ian the Green's Iron Gall and Brazilwood inks.
Inspiration:folio 144v of MS Typ 0193 at the Houghton Library.

Adrienne d'Evreus - Order of the Silver Brooch - a.s. l

Project:Order of the Silver Brooch for Adrienne d'Evreus
Words:Lord Alexandre Saint Pierre
Calligraphy:Lord Alexandre Saint Pierre
Illumination:Lord Alexandre Saint Pierre
Paper:11" x 14" 230 GSM Natural Pergamenata
Script:Gothic Textura Prescisus
Pens:Mitchell #3.5 for the Calligraphy, Pointed for the outline.
Inks:Walnut ink for the calligraphy, and Ian the Green's Iron Gall for the outlines.
Inspiration:f. 36v from the Luttrell Psalter

Aneleda Falconbridge - Order of the Laurel - a.s. l

Project:Order of the Laurel for Aneleda Falconbridge
Words:Mistress Aildreda de Tamworthe & Master Lucien de Pontivy
Calligraphy:Lord Alexandre Saint Pierre
Illumination:Doña Camille des Jardins - Her gallery of the painting process
Paper:12" x 16" Parchment made by David de Rosier-Blanc
Pens:Goose feather quills for text & lines, Mitchell #3 for the musical notes.
Inks:Ian the Green's Iron Gall & Brazilwood.
Inspiration:14th Century Chansonnier, dit Chansonnier Cangé, f. 144v