A selection of topics I’m passionate about, and love to teach.
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SCRIBE LIKE A GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Modern graphic designers have various techniques to ensure their designs are clear, communicate what they intend, and serve their needed function.
But few of these techniques are modern. Scribes and illuminators in our period may not have thought about them in the same terms, but they certainly employed them.
Come along and learn a handful of basic design principles, see period examples, and learn to see where period creators made choices that our modern eyes also appreciate.
Regardless whether you are reproducing existing pages or interpreting a style to create something new, weaving these techniques into your design will help you produce effective and beautiful scrollwork. [Bibliography and ms list]
When people think about Insular manuscripts, most know Kells, and many know Lindisfarne. But while these books are definitely lush, there are so many other options out there for us to use in our scrollwork.
In this class we’ll dive into a handful of other Insular manuscripts, discuss achievable design for scribes of varying experience levels, explore the little details that make each manuscript interesting, and see examples of scroll layouts created from extant pages.
By the end of the class I hope you’ll feel more prepared to tackle these early-period projects, and eager to embrace a broader world of Insular art within your own scrollwork.
So join me, and step further into the gorgeous world of Insular manuscripts…beyond Kells. [Bibliography and ms list]
“ANGLO-SAXON” MELTING POT
Unlike the story too often told, the art of Early Medieval England was truly that of a multiculture formed by migration, assimilation, and synthesis.
In this class we’ll begin to explore regional differences across the kingdoms; trace its evolution as local styles were influenced by and combined with art from Europe (and beyond!); and delve into a few of the myriad ways that religion, politics, and culture impacted their art.
By the end, I hope you’ll have a finer understanding of Early English art, as well as the kaleidoscope the period represents, so that when the time comes to create an early-period English scroll, you’ll be ready. [Bibliography and ms list]
ELEMENTS OF BYZANTIUM
When we say a piece of art is “Byzantine”, what does that mean? The empire had an incredibly broad reach, and lasted for well over a millennium, so covering everything would be too much for a short class. Instead, we’ll filter its art through the lens of a scribe.
By narrowing our scope, we can identify distinctive—and useful—features, witness those how those features are picked up elsewhere, and trace how various distinguishing elements evolve over time.
At the end of the class, you’ll have the tools to improve your scrollwork by better understanding what you’re seeing—not only the features of Byzantine art itself, but also how it grew into later styles in the future, and how it evolved from styles which had come before.
You won’t find a 100% perfect baronial service scroll in a 14th century manuscript. Moreover, not all places and times had the sort of manuscript culture that easily lends itself to an SCA scroll. Every single exemplar requires some adjustment.
In this talk I will describe ways in which example pages can be used to construct a scroll, suggest methods for using period pieces to create nontraditional scrolls, and explore a few approaches for leveling up your scroll-building by using more than a single exemplar in a considered, educated, historically-informed way.
By the end, I hope you’ll come away with new confidence and inspiration, as we demystify the process of building scrolls. [ms list]