Monday, August 14, 2017

Ffraid for Amphelise de Wodeham

Amphelise

Since Amphelise is both a writer and Insulae Draconis's chronicler, I really wanted to have a woman writing. I also wanted to push the limits of my skills by doing another human figure, which I am generally very scared of.

I spent an evening searching through digitised MS sites trying to find depictions of women writing -- and I collected them on twitter; the thread starts here:

Amusingly, the image I ended up settling on to copy did not actually have a woman in it. The exemplar image is from a Paris MS of the Roman de la Rose from c1340, and depicts Jean de Meun writing. The image was simple enough, and I could already see how to turn him from a man into a woman, that I figured I'd give it a go.

The entire scroll took 6.5 hours, and again I documented it in half-hour stages on twitter, up until the point where there would be spoilers:

The text reads:

Haec verba Ianici et Alane principes Insulenses sunt:

Cause it to be known to all that Amphelise de Wodeham is made a member of the Order of Ffraid.

I was SO SO pleased when people other than me were able to identify the lady as Amphelise! Here's a few close-ups

Amphelise

Amphelise


© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

AoA for Myfanwy Bullen

Myfanwy

Myfanwy

Myfanwy

The exemplar is HMML Cod. S 1399, f.110r. The text reads:

To Myfanwy Bullen, right worthy and well-beloved, from Iannick and Alana, greetings. Know that many are the reports we have received of your gentility, your diligence in the arts, your skills with a bow, and your service to our subjects, our shires, and hence to ourselves your rightful princes: We in return reward you creating you a lady of our court: Datum i juli lij.

I again marked my progress in half hour increments on twitter:

I then completely forgot to time how long the calligraphy took, but it was probably ~45 min.


© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Lindquistringes for Órlaith Chaomhánach

Orlaith

The exemplar is British Library MS Harley 4390, f. 18:

BL Harley 4390

The entire scroll was a bit of a last minute commission, so I had one evening to do it. The illumination took 1.75 hours, and I took photos every half an hour (see below). The calligraphy took just over half an hour. The text reads:

Pay heed all those present and to come these letters seeing or hearing for they are the words of Siridean Shah and Jahanara Bambishn of Drachenwald. By not only the testimony of many good and true people but also by our own eyes are the deeds of Órlaith Chaomhánach witnessed to us. She teaches, she cleans, she cooks, she labors tirelessly on our behalves for the betterment of our people even when her works go unseen. For all this and so that by this act she may be set as an example to all who strive to emulate noble deeds, we make the said Órlaith a member of the ancient and honorable Orden des Lindquistringes. We charge her to go henceforth and ear the badge o the order so that all may know of the love we bear for her. This we do on the dawn of our glorious reign, on the 17th day of June, anno societatis lij.

Progress tweets:


© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Fox for Alana Utterich

NAME

The exemplar is Codex Michaelburanus perg. 1, f.195r, my first time painting on gold. Whoo, is it fun! It took one day to sketch out the initial, paint the blue, and do the gilding. The next day I cleaned up the gilding, did the red, and the calligraphy.

The text reads:

Incipit verbis Pauli et Caterine. The fox is famed for his cunning and wit, and as such is an example for all those who defend our lands, and it is for this reason that in days past our honorable ancestors in recognition of this created the Order of the Fox to admit as companions all those whose skills with weapons are set apart from the rest so that they may be advertised and recognized throughout our lands. One such person is Lady Alana Utterich, who has won great renown with the bow, whereby we the abovenamed princes of Insulae Draconis do induct the said Alana in to the aforenamed Order. Datum apud Glen Rathlin xviii feb a.s. li.

Here's some progress pictures:

sketch

blue

gold

finished


© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Silver Martlet for Constanza of Thamesreach

Constanza

I received the assignment for this *mumble* years ago. I had a good two months to work on it -- and then their highnesses moved up the delivery date until the next weekend, the scroll didn't get made and became a backlog and then it...mouldered. I knew what I wanted to do for the design, I could picture the idea but I knew it was one beyond my drawing skills, so I had to find the right exemplars I could trace/adapt. And this was hard, and it got older and older and older...and then I got an assignment for a scroll for her lord. I could do his as a matcher to hers and finally get this wrapped up!

So I looked for lots and lots of exemplars, because now I needed something that involved both sheep (for this) and foxes (for his). I thought I'd picked out some good images of both, from Morgan Library MS M.8, and I sat down the night of 8 Sept. to start sketching things out. I sketched a fox on one; then a sheep on the other; then moved the sheep; then sketched some geese and chickens on the other, realized they weren't right; started looking for examples of archery bosses; found an actual fox with a crossbow; then found other sheep I liked, and a woman in the same MS; so completely changed MS and started sketching out bits for both from it. That was all I got done that night!

So the final exemplar was British Library MS Additional 42130 ff. 81v and 163v:

sheep

woman

If you look closely, you'll see that the woman is spinning sheep into onomastic articles. Every single name in the scroll (and there are many) can be documented from an article that Constanza wrot.

The text reads:

The martlet is a restless bird, whose travels take it from one end of the world to another. Like the martlet, Lady Constanza of Thamesreach spans the spectrum of arts and science, talented in skills ovine and onomastic, practical and theoretical, tactile and mental. Also like the martlet, Constanza travels our lands and shares her knowledge, teaching and educating wherever she goes. Like the martlet she is, and as a martlet henceforth shall she be: By this present diploma we Duncan and Eibhlin, prince and princess of Insulae Draconis by our princely might and authority do in accord with law and ancient and honorable custom make the said Constanza a member of the most noble and illustrious Order of the Silver Martlet, with all rights, responsibilities, and privileges appertaining thereto, on the i day of the xi month of the xlviii year of the society and witnessed below.

More close-ups:

Constanza

Constanza

Constanza


© 2016, Sara L. Uckelman.

Fox for Guy de Dinan

Scroll

Guy

Exemplar

BL Stowe 17 f.244

The exemplar is BL MS Stowe 17, fol. 244. The text reads:

Oh the wily fox he is a clever fellow, he tricks his enemies into thinking he is helpless and then springs his pointed claws upon them. Like the sly fox the archer fools his enemies into complacency before his pointed arrows fall upon them. The fox is a cunning fellow, dissembling and distracting and misdirecting so that no one knows his skills. Like the fox is our beloved archer Guy de Dinan, who with such craft has risen to the rank of yeoman archer. We, Pol and Caitriona, prince and princess of Insulae Draconis, however, are more clever than the fox and his guile does not escape our notice. By the power and authority invested in us by ancient law and custom, we call the said Guy before us to be name a true fox and a member of the Order of the Fox, with all rights and responsibilities appertaining thereto. This we do at Michaelmas Feast in the Shire of Thamesreach xxiv.ix.li.

And two close-ups:

Guy

Guy


© 2016, Sara L. Uckelman.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fox for Aodhan dha Cheist

Scroll

Aodhan

Aodhan

Exemplar

fox

The original is from Koninklijke Bibliotheek, KB, KA 16, Folio 72v. I chose and sketched it, painted the base coat and the black on Aug. 24. I did the whitework, blackwork, and laid down the size on Aug. 25, after which I composed the text and calligraphed it (getting a really bad case of calligrapher's hand along the way...)

The text reads:

Pól and Caitriona, by right of arms prince and princess of Insulae Draconis. For as much as you, Aodhan dha Cheist, have demonstrated not only skill but also great joy and exuberance on the archery field, rising to the rank of master archer, you have also distinguished yourself with the rapier, and thus do we the abovenamed princes do by this charter create the said Aodhan a member of the Order of the Fox. Datum apud Lough Devnaree iii septembris a.s. li.


© 2016, Sara L. Uckelman.