Welcome to the gallery of my most recent explorations into calligraphy and illumination! Just click on the thumbnail images to see enlarged photos. Unless otherwise labelled, all illuminations are available for purchase— please inquire for prices. All images © 2000-2001 Julie C. Sparks.

 

A quote from Virginia Woolf's Jacob's Room has been illuminated with a trompe-l'oeil border of flowers and insects, typical of the Ghent-Bruges school of Flemish books of hours. Iron-gall ink and egg tempera made with historical pigments (including shell gold, lapis lazuli, and malachite) on calfskin parchment. 3”x5”. 2000.

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A Latin quote from Seneca's Epistulae Morales has been illuminated with a floral border adapted from the Visconti Hours. Iron-gall ink and egg tempera made with historical pigments (including lapis lazuli and malachite), gold leaf with raised gilding on calfskin parchment. 3”x5”. 2000.

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An illuminated green man of the Anglo-Saxon tradition, adapted from a stone sculpture in a British church. Walnut ink washes and egg tempera made with historical earth-tones (terre vert, burnt umber, raw sienna, yellow ocher) on Rives BFK paper. 7”x9”. 2000.

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“Kells Christmas Angel”: An illumination adapted from the Book of Kells with knotwork initial adapted from the Lindisfarne Gospels. Iron-gall ink and egg tempera made with historical pigments (including malachite and azurite) on Rives BFK paper. 5”x7”. 2000.
“War of the Roses”: an adaptation of a medieval illumination depicting the defense of a castle by its flower-bearing female inhabitants. Iron-gall ink and egg tempera made with historical pigments (including shell gold, azurite, and malachite) on Rives BFK paper. Framed and matted. 8”x10”. 2000.