Sunday, June 17, 2018

Wedding card for Helen and Guy

Guido et Helena

Last week two friends got married, and as I was going to be seeing both of them at a workshop on Monday, I decided to do them a little wedding present. Finding images of weddings in medieval manuscripts is easy -- not only are there depictions of a lot of royal weddings and weddings from myth and story, there's also the wedding at Cana.

The basic design I adapted from British Library MS Arundel 157 f. 6v:

Arundel 157 f. 6v

But I took the floor and trestle table from British Library MS Harley 4431 f. 122v so that I could make use of the "pet sitting on the lady's feet" and incorporate Helen's fantastic cat Lorenzo:

Harley 4431 f. 122v

I adapted the cat from British Library MS Harley 928 f. 44v; cat faces are tricky, and the fact that this one was smudged didn't help me:

Harley 928 f. 44v

Finally, I took the tripartite background from British Library MS Royal 10 E IV f. 229v:

Royal 10 E IV f. 229v

And here's some of the in-process images:

Sketching it out.

Guido et Helena


Guido et Helena

It's like drawing your own coloring book and then coloring it in.

Guido et Helena

More painting.

Guido et Helena

All the base coats done, and the size down for the gilding.

Guido et Helena

Before gilding and re-inking.

Guido et Helena

After gilding and re-inking.

Guido et Helena

© 2018, Sara L. Uckelman.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Silver Martlet for Alexandre d'Avignon


The text is adapted from the Letters Patent to Sir Humfrey Gylberte June 11, 1578 and reads:

Iannick and Alana by right of arms prince and princess of Insulae Draconis to all people to whom these presents shall come, greetings. Know ye that of oure especial grace and certayn science and mere motion, we have given and granted and by these presents for us and our heires do give and grant to oure trusty and well-beloved cousin Alexandre d'Avignon, viscount and thrice master, free liberty and full license to style himself henceforth and in all places and for all purposes as a member of the most honourable Order of the Silver Martlet. And the same master to have and to hold and to occupy for his enjoyment all rights, privileges, and responsibilities appertaining thereto, including the right to bear the badge of the Order without let or hindrance from anyone in accordance with both law and ancient custom.

And so that none shall contest this our solemn will we the above-named princes have signed and dated these presents below.

(It's a terrible quality image because I scanned it rather than photographed it.)

© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

AoA for Ursula of Guildford


This is the source.

The text reads:

Ursula of Guildford has not only through common report and the testimony of many true and worthy nobles but also through the witness of our own eyes long distinguished herself and elevated herself above the ordinary rank so that it is fit that we recognize her as a lady of our court. Super Michaelmas lii.

© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.

AoA for Alexa Pologrinus


This is my source image.

The text reads:

Yannick and Alana prince and princess of Insulae Draconis by this our present charter do award unto Alexa Pologrinus the right to bear arms and be known to all as Lady Alexa. Dat. ix.ix.lii.

© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.

Ffraid for Cecily Arderne


Cecily is also an ice skater, so I solicited the help of #medievaltwitter to find images of skaters in MSs. Oxford Bodley MS Douce 5 was offered up, and I integrated bits from fol. 001v, fol. 199v-200r, fol. 218v-219r, and fol. 221v-222r.

The text reads:

Praesentibus verbi iannici et alane. Cecilia de arderne socia ordonis brigide amodo propter omnia facta. Datum apud thamesreach super festo Michaelmas anno societatis lii.

The translation:

To [all] present, [these are] the words of Yannick and Alana. Henceforth Cecily Arderne is a companion of the Order of Ffraid because of all [she] has done. Date at Thamesreach during the feast of Michaelmas, in the year of the society 52.

© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Silver Martlet for Aodh O Siadhail

Silver Martlet

On the first night I chose the exemplar (BL MS Additional 40618 f. 23, drew out all the lines, and put down the gold size. The second night, I gilded. The third night was for composing the text and doing the rubrication. line height: 1/16"; line spacing: 1/8".

The text reads:

Quoniam Hugo Osheall coquit, legit, et conspicit ad celum, nos, Iannicus et Alana, principes insulenses, ordinant quod hinc dictum Hugonem esse socium ordinis avis argentee. Datum apud Glen Rathlin ii septembri lii, fit manum scriptricis Arie dicte bone. Because Aodh O Siadhail cooks, reads, and stares at the sky, we, Yannick and Alana, prince and princess of Insulae Draconis, ordain that the said Aodh be henceforth a ompanion of the Order of the Silver Martlet. This we do on the 2nd day of the 7th month of our reign, while in our shire of Glen Rathlin, and in perpetual witness hereof we have caused the present document to be drawn up by the hand of our scribe called Bona.

And here's a close-up of the initial.

Silver Martlet

© 2017, Sara L. Uckelman.

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.