The lost art of historical book-craft, illustrated miniatures and typography
Scriptorium was created in 2006, partly from my own studies of French medieval art and partly via direct further development of the online project www.jeanne-darc.info, which was five years under development, and which is today, one of the world’s largest websites with the most intrinsic wealth of information on Jeanne d’Arc.
In my studies and my search for material about the life of Jeanne d’Arc and the times she lived in (1412 – 1431), I got gradually more and more enchanted by the Middle Ages and it’s art. Especially the period 1350 – 1450 fascinated me.
During my years as an illustrator and graphic designer, I have digged deep and long to find out, where my craft originated from, like the making the paper that is used for the illustrations, learning to paint with quill and blending the colours that are used from the ground.
The more I studied the art of book-craft with the sometimes funny and naïve illustrations which has little or no sense of perspective and often crafted with materials which originate directly from the nature surrounding the artist, the more I came to realize that both have been and still are a huge part of my life and my everyday. I am passionate about my artwork.
I have collected a lot of books about the handwritten texts and my analysis of how they were made and I started to experiment with anything within the craft, from guilding to writing with ink and quill.
As a result of this passion I have taught myself and recreated the lost art of historical book-craft, illustrated miniatures and scriptures. Later I discovered that today it is a craft that only very few actually work with or master. I have succeeded in finding like-minded colleagues in Denmark, who are also fascinated by this unique field of work, both painters and writers of historical scripts and together we have formed a guild, where we meet and share ideas and techniques.