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Monday, February 20, 2017

medieval book art

recently i visited an Exhibition about medieval book art at the bavarian state library in munich.
whenever i am in munich and have an hour to spare i go there.
the entry is free and they often have old books on Display...

i have always been fascinated by the elaborateness of medieval books...
the Colors they used and which endured all those centuries...

exhibited were old bibles and other books from the 15th century.
i especially considered the next one to be very funny:
doesn´t it look like the man is Holding a mobile phone??

i also love the flowers and animals framing the texts,
real treasures!

and because you can find Inspiration everywhere,
i thought i might stitch a medieval Fantasy creature
onto slightly dyed fabric
(actually i think THIS could become VERY addictive;))

now to a quite contrarian style of writing
(i wish i were versed in the art of calligraphy,
but i´m afraid that this is a challenge for another life...)
i had bought quite a variety of Fonts over the last months (at design cuts)
(and i would not say i have an overview of my virtual storage, sigh...)
so for this week i decided to create a mug with some of my newer Fonts...
Fonts used here: twilight script - fontbox jeronimo bouncy - fontbox gojiberries + twilight swashes - brush up too  (the whole text with a slight warp)
coffee bean: selfmade brush


  1. Wow, what a great exhibition and a lovely way to spend your time, I would visit often too! I love the elaborateness of the medieval books with all the rich colours and gold accents - beautiful! Yes, he does look like he is on his mobile phone - so funny, lol! Thanks for making me smile and wishing you a Happy T Day! J :-)

  2. I've always been intrigued by the elaborate decorations and script of Medieval manuscripts like you, Johanna. How wonderful to have such a museum like that close by.

    I snorted my diet cola when I saw the medieval gentleman on his cell phone. I wonder if that's an e-reader in the other hand. lol.

    Excellent stitchwork. I wonder what you will do with that griffin. Might we see it in one of your art works?

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

  3. oh I want that mug!!!! Wish I had known about the books in this library the many years ago that I was in Munich-would have loved this. Your stitched piece is superb Johanna. Happy T day!

  4. Your latest Munich museum adventure was wonderful. Some of those old manuscripts are so lovely, and it's surprising that the vibrant colors have endured through the centuries. How wonderful that you shared these photos with us.

    I am also in awe of your medieval creature you stitched on the cloth. I would love to see it in person, because a photo doesn't do it justice, even though I enlarged it.

    I adore the mug. You did a fantastic job, and I suspect this is just the first of these new digital mugs you have planned for us.

    I hope by now you are feeling better. Thanks for sharing the museum, your stitched entry, and your incredible new mug with us for T this Tuesday.

  5. It is amazing the details and beauty of those old books. They must have worked for hours just to make a single page. You saw some beautiful specimens. Love your hand embroidered piece too. I think you came up with a really good idea. And your coffee cup-A+++ happy T day. Hugs-erika

  6. solche alten (sehr alte) bücher sind einfach faszinierend und mich erstaunt immer wieder die ungemeine farbigkeit der abbildungen. wir haben hier in wolfenbüttel in der lessingbibliothek auch unglaublich großartige mittelalterliche bücher und dein beitrag heute erinnert mich daran, dass ich dort schon längst mal wieder hin wollte! danke für die anregung!
    liebe grüße

  7. Wunderschön - oh da verstehe ich Dich, dass Du gerne hingehst!Ich hab überlegt, aber da war ich wohl leider noch nie -- schade. Super auch dass Du sie so gut fotografieren kannst,diese wundervollen alten Kunstschätze - sind die nicht hinter Glas?
    Und dann noch der toll gestickte Drache dazu! Das nenn ich Inspiration herrlich umgesetzt ! Eine tolle sehr schöne Stickarbeit. Wirst Du das schöne Stück in einen Quilt einbauen, oder bleibt das für sich?
    Ja- mit den gehorteten Bildern etc, das kennt wohl jeder.
    Ich versuche möglichst wenig zu archivieren, weil ich es sowieso nie wieder finde.
    Für schöne digitale Fonts hab ich auch was übrig, würde mich auch zum Beispiel interessieren wie man aus seiner eigenen Handschrift einen Font macht- nicht dass meine Handschrift schön wäre, aber spannend wär das schon!
    Happy T-Day und liebe Grüße zu Dir -
    bin derzeit auch mal am Nähen ----
    zwar "nur" mit der Maschine, aber inzwischen hab ich direkt auch Lust gekriegt, nach Jude Hill Videos und Stickrecherchen auf Pinterest ein wenig mit der Hand zu meditieren mit Stichen....
    mal sehen ob ich die Ruhe finde es umzusetzten und dran zu bleiben, bin leider nicht sehr ausdauernd...aber früher beim Sticken und Stricken hatte ich ja auch Geduld, also warum eigentlich nicht wieder so eine ENTSCHLEUNIGENDE Tätigkeit aufnehmen!
    Der sieht übrigens wirklcih aus, als halte er ein Handy...kicher!


  8. Interesting post and great pics of the artwork

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  9. I could have spent ages looking at those old books, the details and illustrations looked awesome.
    Its a great quote on your coffee mug.
    Happy T Day
    Yvonne xx

  10. Diese Ausstellung war ja genau das Richtige für dich, wo du doch schon immer ein Faible für diese Buchkunst hattest. Diese Farben mag ich auch so sehr, sind so harmonisch... allerdings weiß man ja nicht, ob sie sich im Laufe der Jahrhunderte noch verändert haben. ...und wie toll diese Feder-Kalligraphie!
    Stimmt, die Motive eigenen sich bestens als Stickvorlagen, dein Beispiel zeigt's! Bin sicher, dass du hier noch mehr arbeiten wirst.
    Ganz lieben Gruß von Ulrike

  11. LOVE the yawn quote...made me smile as i sit here drinking my The pictures in the medival books are amazing..Thankyou so much for sharing.. We just don't take the time to make such beautiful things anymore..same goes for architecture too i think.. everything moves too fast these days... Happy happy T day! Hugs! deb

  12. "A yawn is a silent scream for coffee" Yes! lol. I'll definitely remember that. Happy T Tuesday :)

  13. Mediaeval art fascinates me - there are so many tiny details! I adore the stitched pieces you did! Your coffee cup is fabulous but my biggest smile is for the man using his 'mobile phone'!!! Happy T Day, Chrisx

  14. I too love Medieval illumination! The birds and leaves and flowers... Amazing. Beautiful embroidery you've done, thanks for sharing it. Happy T Tuesday!

  15. A few years ago I went an exhibit of Illuminated Manuscripts. The intricate designs and colors were gorgeous. As I looked at them I wondered how it was possible to make designs so delicate and so precise. I really like the creature you stitched.

  16. Lovely to see the medieval pages, now that was real minimalist painting.
    How good to stitch a medieval creature and to be thinking of making a set.

  17. Beautiful hand apinted and written medieval books! I agree, the colours are still so fresh after all these years, and all natural colours of course.
    Yes, that medieval chap with the mobile phone is funny. I can't understand the latin do I don't know what it is supposed to be, but it's amusing.
    Your stitched Griffin is amazing! Well done you!
    Happy T-day,

  18. I would love to go to an exhibit like that ♥♥ i love old books ♥ GREAT little stitching piece too. Happy T Day and thanks for sharing.

  19. Those book illuminations are beautiful; but yes, it does look like that man is holding a mobile phone! I wonder how long they took to paint.
    You embroidered griffin is magnificent - I can see how it could become addictive... another quilt?
    Thank you for the tip about covering packing tape transfers with matte medium to remove the glare. I hadn't thought of that ... duh!


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