A journey back in time
Artwork and story from Carmelina Fauteux
I have always drawn since I was 6 years old and I had a portfolio of drawings. In college my professors never showed any classical techniques they were abstract artists. Today I teach art to 2 small schools in NH. I am a scribe for the SCA, a medieval educational society. I have been doing award scrolls for them. I used to do just the illumination, but started to practice my calligraphy on recreating a Beastiary.
I am apprenticed to a master scribe and he told me I am now doing the calligraphy too. I really started to get involved, I made my own medieval gouache and made my iron gall ink for the book. I am using real gold leaf.
I am studying binding so I can finish it properly. I am 3/4 way through the calligraphy. The original was written in Latin and mine is in English. I am putting myself in the shoes of a medieval artist. My fooling around has become a thing.
I always wanted to be trained in the classical manner and I am so happy to be taking this class. I also was approved to take this course for my professional development hours.
My only worry is I don’t want to rush through just to get my certificate in time for my renewal.
I am not finished yet with Asklepos. The curls are driving me batty right now.