The human tongue whips the air,
but writing is the guardian of history.
Abbot Alcuin of York, ca 813
The fourth* episode of our continuing
expose, The Written Word, reveals five events that
altered the direction and preservation of Western literature: 1)
Use of parchment; 2) Spread of Christianity; 4) Power shift to Constantinople;
and 5) Charlemagne's reign.
Jacqueline Ernst infuses 900 years
of circumstances, people, and art with context and meaning relevant
to creative minds seeking historically accurate inspiration to augment
their own work. You'll discover the most frequently pictured authors
in the history of book art (hint -- there are four of them!). Ernst's
prose and collection of period illustrations carry you through ancient
Rome and the glittering halls of Byzantium to the scandalous but
scholarly Carolingian court.
Thirty-two pages and twenty seven visuals
relate history to art in a way guaranteed to ignite your appreciation
and understanding of the development of our Western alphabet between
the first and ninth centuries. Early Christian concepts combined
with classic Western literature and production techniques to derive
new art forms and book design. As always, WINGIN'
IT provides illustrations, working
models, layout ideas, and templates to help imbue your creative
endeavors with a broader spectrum of inspiration. A separate bind-in
booklet offers insights into punctuation and abbreviations that
acquired lives and looks uniquely their own. Period reliquaries
prompted Jaki to design a template and write how-to-instructions
for an easy-to-make 5" x 7" Byzantine style box, greeting
card, and book cover. Complete with inset windowed shadow box, this
unique presentation permits you to preserve a keepsake trinket inside
the sealed display window set into the lid of a cleverly engineered
gift container. Use the template to also make your own matching
greeting card and book cover -- all with recessed altar suitable
for displaying a special little relic or treasure.
Order your copy of Volume 3, Number
6 now and feel the fervor as pens and swords shape and slash the
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* The first part of
the series introduces Ancient Scripts (Vol.
3, No. 2), the second installment details Persia -- Poetic
Passion (Vol. 3, No.
3), and the third segment evaluates Runes -- The Celtic
Connection (Vol. 3, No
4). Each release comes with a belly band embellished with an
artistamp related to the subject material. Once completed, the entire
collection will be housed in a specially designed slip case mailed
to subscribers along with the final publication of the series. Be
sure you have all components of this informative compilation!