Pelican for Thyra Eiriksdottir – calligraphy only

Another successful collaboration with the ebullient and talented Camille DesJardins. I didn’t keep many notes on this one, it was pretty fast and furious, but I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to be on the team working to celebrate the efforts of Duchess Thyra. Illumination by Camille, words by Alys Mackyntoich, calligraphy by myself.

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Mira Project – 2. Eastern Hemlock, Partridgeberry, and Usnea

Calligraphy inspired by folio 5. Completed 2 April 2022. With this one I painted first, then laid down the calligraphy and scroll work. After sharing this with friends, a fellow painter recommended being bold and pushing the shadows, so something to work on for the next one…

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Mira Project – 1. Willow and Hazel

Calligraphy inspired by folio 3. Completed 31 March 2022. For this first try I tried to work in my regular sequence, laying down the calligraphy first, then painting. But I found myself straining to do that while worrying about the delicate flowers drying out. Because of this I didn’t spend as much time looking at the original folio and made assumptions about the capital, and rushed the layout. As with most first tries, there are many parts of this page that bother me, even though I loved how the painting came out, but I’m choosing to use that as fuel to look more carefully for the next one.

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Mira calligraphiae monumenta – Introduction to a personal project

The Mira calligraphiae monumenta has long been one of my favorite manuscripts. Each page is an amazing combination of virtuosic calligraphy and illustrations of flowers, fruit, and insects. It’s all so lovely, it’s hard to know what to look at first. The calligraphy was completed between 1560 and 1562 by Georg Bocskay as a model book featuring the many hands he was able to use, for the library of his patron, Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand I. Between 1591 and 1596, Emperor Rudolph II, Ferdinand’s grandson, commissioned Joris Hoefnagel to add illustrations to the book. Looking at the completed book it’s wonderful how the composition of the illustrations complement the text so seamlessly. It’s hard to believe that almost 30 years separated the two phases of this book’s creation.

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GNEW 34 Site Token Design

(The following text is what I wrote for inclusion in the GNEW site booklet.)

This year’s site token for the Great North Eastern War is inspired by the growing controversary over a flock of missing Stonemarche sheep, which brings us to the field of battle this weekend.

The ram is from a Romanesque bestiary in the British Library: Royal MS 12 C XIX, folio 30 verso, and is sporting a blanket bearing the Malagentia moon.

Much thanks goes to Solivere of Malagentia for providing tools and patient tutelage in her digital drawing program, to Tilman for rendering the image into a vector file, and to Meara’s generous Aunt Dawn for adjusting the file and burning the tokens for us.

-Tiffan Fairamay