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My calligraphy is a reflection of two sides of my personality: the historian and the crafter. I have studied and taught medieval history for almost 10 years now (and hopefully will soon have the PhD to prove it!). In my research, I focus on manuscripts as historical evidence: I not only read their content, but look at manuscripts for evidence of how they were made and used. I find medieval manuscripts to be incredibly inspiring as a historian: seeing and touching them brings the past to life, and I am amazed to see the time and work that went into making these books, and the love that their readers gave them. But I find them even more inspiring as a crafter: looking at a beautiful manuscript, or even an ugly one, makes me want to get out my pens and ink and create my own!

I have been doing medieval-style calligraphy for almost as long as I have studied history. My calligraphy is…

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  • Female
  • Born on November 21
  • Joined September 27, 2008

Favorite materials

Paper, ink, wool, yarn

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About

My calligraphy is a reflection of two sides of my personality: the historian and the crafter. I have studied and taught medieval history for almost 10 years now (and hopefully will soon have the PhD to prove it!). In my research, I focus on manuscripts as historical evidence: I not only read their content, but look at manuscripts for evidence of how they were made and used. I find medieval manuscripts to be incredibly inspiring as a historian: seeing and touching them brings the past to life, and I am amazed to see the time and work that went into making these books, and the love that their readers gave them. But I find them even more inspiring as a crafter: looking at a beautiful manuscript, or even an ugly one, makes me want to get out my pens and ink and create my own!

I have been doing medieval-style calligraphy for almost as long as I have studied history. My calligraphy is inspired by medieval manuscripts: sometimes I do my best to copy the appearance of a manuscript as closely as possible, and sometimes I prefer to use medieval manuscripts as a point of departure for my own work, combining medieval and modern aesthetics.

Calligraphy is also a welcome break from my research. After hours of translating medieval texts, or transcribing medieval handwriting, or reading dense articles, it's nice to let my brain relax while my hands create something beautiful. It's also a great way to conquer writer's block: I find that after an hour or so of hand-crafting, my brain is suddenly capable of formulating the ideas that had eluded it earlier.

I generally use modern materials in my work, although sometimes I use replicas of medieval material. However, a lot of medieval arts are truly bygone: we are no longer capable of creating parchment as fine as medieval parchment, so I would rather use paper than parchment. Many medieval inks were poisonous or decay over time, so the modern ones serve my purposes just fine.

You will sometimes find creations in my shop that are not calligraphy: I often find myself inspired to knit, felt wool, make candles, and other crafty things. My hands don't like holding still, so I give them lots of different things to do!


You can learn more about me, medieval manuscripts, and my calligraphy by visiting my blog at http://bygonearts.com.

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