I'm so glad I went to the Scribal Day of Play in Vanished Wood. I learned so
much, even just from looking at various people's work and being able to ask
I love looking at scribal work and illumination online, and often do spend an
hour at a time just gazing at them because they're so gorgeous… but they remain
just gorgeous to me, online. Online pictures are so beautiful, but you truly
can't see all the details, or appreciate fully the sureness of brush and pen
stroke, the controlled flow of paint or ink. You can't see the "imperfections"
that give a piece that human level of beauty, all the things that make a
person's handiwork so elevated above a mere computer print-out. It's impossible
to see on a computer why gold leaf looks so much richer than gold paint, because
of necessity, a webpage or email only shows photographs, which don't convey the
Too, I wouldn't have learned how to make a good sealing wax out of modern
ingredients and with modern equipment. I'm excited to try it out on my own now.
I couldn't have said that before attending this scribal play-date. I'd have seen
it on a webpage, but wouldn't have thought to try it, because I tend to learn
haptically/kinesthetically, from watching hands move and hearing voices describe
the movements in words, both at the same time -- not visually, from seeing
pictures, no matter how well detailed. I'm looking forward to learning from Dame
Jocelyn and her apprentice (Lady?) Elianora what they find out about period
recipes and methods, when they publish their work.
I didn't really write anything, or do anything but converse and watch other
people, but I still feel educated in a way that I can't be educated from a
webpage or a book. I think I'm going to be a better beginner thanks to this
experience, and I'm going to make a point of looking at others' work *in person*
as often as possible.
And I'm really looking forward to the next several scribal nights in Ayreton.
D'vorah bint Da'ud
Middle Kingdom, Midlands, Ayreton, Tree-Girt-Sea (Chicago, IL)