These are pages 3-6 of a book. The first is a right-hand page, facing the "Decorated Initial" described elsewhere. The next two pages face each other, while the last is a left-hand page facing the "Coat of Arms display". For a description of the entire book, see "Frontspiece".
Note: This customized piece is not for sale; the quoted price is for a single page of text with similar word-count and decoration, using the same materials.
Ink, egg tempera, gesso, and gold leaf on calfskin vellum
6” x 8” (each page)
Shipping cost: $0.00
Calligraphy is, for me, the art form that best engages both sides of my dual identity, scholar/writer and visual artist. Calligraphic work marries words and images to convey a message that neither could alone. My use of letter-forms and decorative elements from medieval manuscripts allows me to combine scholarly rigor with artistic imagination and expression. My work is heavily influenced by many years of active participation in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where I found both an outlet for my developing skills and a community of like-minded scholar-artists. Today, my work is nurtured by New Orleans’ respect for a tradition in hand-made objects, and by the love of bright colors that infuses not only its architecture, but its language and storytelling as well.
Sondra Venable is a New Orleans artist living and working in the Uptown neighborhood.
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