Assorted projects and commission items relating to my various historical research and living history interests.
Apart from the larger Renaissance Netherlands education effort, my personal projects tend towards print culture and cartography, such as the numerous sixteenth-century styled maps I’ve created. Commissions represent those items I’ve carefully researched, but have no interest or ability in creating myself.
The large, multi-sheet map Calontiriæ Regnum Descriptio depicts the SCA Kingdom of Calontir in the style of sixteenth century cartographers such as Ortellius, Mercator, Speed, and de Jode. Composed of six seperate sheets, the inked-and-painted portions of the map measure a full 4ft x 3ft. It was awarded the Queen’s Prize at the 2018 tournament.
The partisan was a specific form of long-bladed spear that evolved into a weapon of office for captains – and other officers – of foot regiments over the course of the sixteenth century. As my long-term goal is exactly that impression, it’s a piece of kit I was eager to research and commission.
I had the opportunity to design the official map for the 2018 Lilies War. This particular project was one of my first dreams when I returned to the Society and started researching historical cartography. Once I had the go-ahead, I knew exactly what references I wanted to use.
Six weeks of research, design choices, and careful work with pencil, ink, and watercolor resulted in a three-sheet map of the northeastern provinces of the early Dutch Republic. Entered into Calontir’s 2017 Queen’s Prize Tournament, the map won the Judges’ Choice award.
My interest in cartography was born out of a childhood of Tolkien and RPG maps and only deepened by my study of the Golden Age of Cartography. My map of the Kansas City area’s SCA chapters was drawn to better understand the compositional elements of the great sixteenth century mapmakers. It was so well received that it was awarded the Judges’ Choice at the Calontir 2017 Tri-Levels arts & sciences competition.
Albums amicorum were yearbooks before yearbooks existed, and even could be considered to fill the same social networking outlet that we use Facebook for in our own day and age. This project was my first attempt at bookbinding, and I chose to use an interesting historic (and persona-relevant) form as one of my entries to the 2017 Tri-Levels arts and sciences competition.