Thursday, September 22, 2011

Heather Rose MacGordon (Sapphire)

Order of the Sapphire
War of the Roses, Baron Angus Kerr
Awarded May 24, 2009 (A.S. XLIV - 44)
Re-awarded May 30, 2010 (A.S. XLV - 45)

After she was told "no, you can't do your own backlog scroll" I promptly laughed and took on the backlog assignment for Lady Heather Rose MacGordon. It is for her "Order of the Sapphire" which is a Barony of Concordia award for Arts & Sciences.

Since she is part of our local scribal community and was next to me when I took the assignment she knows this scroll is being completed and has requests! Frankly that makes this assignment even more fun. 

March 17, 2010: Received assignment and requests from the Cute Evil Bunny! 

March 29, 2010: YAY! Words are back from Lady Lorita and now I can get on with the calligraphy and illumination! 

April 16, 2010: Well, finding examples of very late period manuscripts is proving a little problematic! Not to say nothing exists, I'm just having trouble finding stuff. I guess a lot of it has to do with the fact that the printing press was now widely in use for book / pamphlet production and it was only really legal documents that were still hand written?

The search for inspiration continues! 

May 10, 2010: I think I've finalized which historical example I'm going to use as inspiration for Heathers scroll. It will bring into play a new skill that I need to practice a little first but I don't think it will be too much of an issue to learn. This coming weekend will be dedicated to Heather! 

May 17, 2010: I managed to get a lot of this scroll done over the weekend. TWICE in fact. The first one got ruined after a traumatic incident involving a chipmonk so I had to start over. However, the bulk of the second one if done and next weekend will be dedicated to finishing touches. 

May 24, 2010: Completed! And this time there was no incidents with any small furry animals! 

Heather Rose MacGordon (Sapphire)
Calligraphy & Illumination by Isabel Chamberlaine. Inspired by an English religious treatise on mortification dated after 1558 held in the British Library. (A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum, 4 vols (London: Eyre and Strahan, 1808-12), II (1808), no. 2199.)

Paper: 300 Series Bristol, Vellum, 100lb.
Materials: Black Sumi Ink, Windsor & Newton Ultramarine Gouache.

Words by Lady Lorita deSiena and inspired by Proverbs 31:10-31 

The value of an artisan is far beyond pearls. Her family has an unfailing prize. She extends her hands to those in need of her work. She is clothes in skill and dignity, and laughs in the face of a challenge. Her barony rises up and praises her: "Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all." Giver her a reward for her labor and let her works praise her.

So now shall Lady Heather Rose MacGordon be given a reward. For her skills with scrollwork, with bookbinding, with embroidery, and with spinning, the excellent and august Angus Kerr, Baron Concordia, does hereby induct her into his Order of the Sapphire. May all who bear witness to these words know that indeed, a Sapphire is valued far beyond that of the rarest pearls. Done this 24th day of May, Anno Societatis XLIII, at the Barony of Concordia of the Snow's War of the Roses.

Scroll ID: Isabel C V
Completed May 24, 2010 (A.S. XLV - 45)