So, while I'm taking a short break from heavy SCA sewing and research, I want everybody to help me keep my brain ticking. Every week, or however often I get questions, I'm going to have a question/answer column here on my blog. Feel free to ask me anything about Roman and Byzantine history, textiles, clothing, … Continue reading Ask me anything!
I took a break from iconography for a while because I felt like my art wasn't up to snuff, and I was thinking of giving up. By the way: never give up. I had the pleasure of working at the Museum of Russian Icons over the fall semester of 2015, and I learned a lot … Continue reading Surprise! Icon!
So I totally lied about doing updates over winter break. I am working on some sewing, but for the most part, I wanted to give my poor burned out brain some time to unwind after a particularly difficult semester. Here's a few important and interesting updates: In June I will be relocating from the East … Continue reading And for my next trick…
Oh red shoes. Byzantines and red shoes. Wear ALL the red shoes, but...should we be wearing the red shoes? In the SCA, we're all playing nobility, but we still have a hierarchy. Granted, it's nothing like a true feudal system, but we still have ranks and titles that come with it certain privileges in dress. … Continue reading If the shoe fits, what color should they be ANYWAY?
So last spring after another botched attempt at iconography, I was prepared to give up the art form entirely. I'm not a painter, and the stuff I draw primarily is Japanese anime, which is, uh, so not period or even appropriate for icons at all. This fall, I was asked to offer my skills as … Continue reading Icon do it! St. Lucia of Syracuse icon completed!
Let me tell you all how hard it is to paint very light gray hair. Also learned: Sometimes, your egg tempera medium just blows, and doesn't work well. I had a really rough time dealing with my yellow ochre and vine black pigments this project, and I'm unsure why. Apparently it could do with the … Continue reading Icon the Third.
I made this specifically for my friend in the East Kingdom Artisanal Exchange for this fall. Typically, Mary would be in red, but since this was based on an in-joke between the recipient and her friends, I put her in blue. Aside from that, I can happily say that my skills have improved since my … Continue reading Another icon – The Virgin Mary