Follow my adventures as colored clay forms shapes, and twists into a quest for excellence and an analogy for character.
One of the crucial tenants of Renaissance Italian humoral theory is the belief that females are of a colder and wetter disposition than the hotter, drier nature of males.
Love, business, plague – parts of the every day lives of the middle ages experienced by both commoner and king. And captured in the letters they sent. Reading medieval letters unveils so much incredible information about day-to-day lives and the people who wrote them. This article samples quotes from a variety of topics to show you how rich these letters are in sharing information about the people of the Middle Ages.
Some more research in medieval medicine. “An ointment that the Salernitan women make that is very good for sunburn and fissures of any kind….”
Explores the functionality of clothing and proportional measuring systems in the context of a Mongolian clothing project.
A continuation of my research into the construction and use of the plumbata with a new conclusion on how best to throw them.
Image overview of Pre-Mongol Arched Plate Ochelye (Headbands) of the Kievan Rus’ and Artist’s interpretations.
Using recent archaeological discoveries, a study was made examining what is known and what new knowledge has come to light regarding the diet of middle-class Romans. Armed with this data, historical manuscripts were reexamined and interpreted with an eye to recreating what a meal might look like for a middle-class Roman family.
When you’re struggling with your own projects….Try to answer someone else’s question! A few experiments about creating blue ink with indigo to answer a question from Athenaeum 2020.
How does copyright work? Fair use? Creative Commons? What kind of content can we- as SCA artisans, researchers, and lovers of history- use as we create our own works? Can we protect the work we make under mundane law? An ongoing project aimed at creating IP resources tailored to the SCA.
An exploration and recreation of the curriculum of the medieval university system.
Is there iconographic significance in the architectural elements of the splendid embroidery work known as Opus Anglicanum?
This question intrigued me and led me down a path that included studying Opus Anglicanum images and learning about the iconography of medieval architecture.
While I didn’t find the answer I was looking for (yay science!), I found a treasure trove of potential paths for my research – especially around three Opus Anglicanum pieces featuring unique architectural elements.
A selection of my work in Scribal Arts, Research, Costume and Accessories.
An overview of beekeeping from antiquity through modern times. Looking at hive designs, tools, methods, myths and theories.
Marcella di Cavallino’s 16th century Florence (and other ideas).
Study and process of the Italian masters: Canvas and Oil Paints
Research into and experimentation with a thrown weapon that was designed to be used in combat situations: specifically a weapon that the Romans used in the 3rd – 5th centuries AD, called a plumbata.
Some research in medieval medicine.
An in-depth examination of a reconstruction of a Roman recipe.
As I begin the journey to a Kingdom A&S entry, I would value feedback on my most complex entry, focused on analyzing Opus Anglicanum images.
I am just beginning and seeking insights on my concept, feedback on my planned process and early research, and tips for moving forward.
Tools of the healer’s art, remedies, and bringing an herb garden to a Crown event.
A sharing of some of the woodworking projects I have undertaken in the past year. Covering online classes, furniture making, and a walk through of bentwood boxes from log to finished box..
An overview of the various arts and sciences I research including alchemy, indigo dyeing, shibori, and linguistics
San Gong Chuangzi Nu appears in a Song Dynasty document. There is a good bit of talk about it but no consensus as to how it worked. This project seeks to remedy that.
An overview of research into the history and evolution of fairy tales; a brief study of frame story narratives; and an introduction to an original project, Quarantameron.
In 2013 I decided to do a year of Viking food for events to match my persona. A short time later, after digging into research I realized this was not going to be a short term project. There are very few primary sources, arguably there are none. Everything that we have is secondary or tertiary and undoubtedly wrong. This presentation is my evolving work at becoming steadily less wrong.
Disability in the Middle Ages research and other projects.