Monday, August 14, 2017

Ffraid for Amphelise de Wodeham


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



© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

AoA for Myfanwy Bullen




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


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


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:





© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.