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8 August – The Mottisfont Medieval Alphabet by Portway Junior School

And here it is the Mottisfont Medieval Alphabet by the brilliant pupils from Portway School with graphic design by Jon Clark. My thanks to all of the members of the Mottisfont Medieval Illuminator Workshop Master of the Fish Tailed Winged … Continue reading

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4 August – Typography

Graphic designer Dan Adams is creating the typography and design layout for Mappa.   To find the right typeface he looks at the exquisite plaintext and illuminated letters in the Winchester Bible and refers to the idiosyncratic organisation of lettering in … Continue reading

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20 July – Final Washes on Mappa

Final ink and watercolour washes are added to differentiate the different zones of the map.

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19 July – Open Studio

In mid July I hold an Open Studio inviting staff and volunteers to come and see the work in progress.  I appreciate visits from Howard (Lead Outdoor Guide), Bobby and Fran (Outdoor Guides), Jonny (Head Gardener), Steve (Volunteer Ranger) and … Continue reading

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17 July – Trout, Dovecote and Pilgrim Badges

Within the Map are small pen and ink drawings showing various religious and secular items that were part of the medieval Mottisfont landscape including  a sheep, trout, dovecote, watermill, chalice, canon, otter, swan, duck and … sea serpent.  The major … Continue reading

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1 July – Jewel Drawings

A few jewel-like drawing of things that are emblematic of medieval Mottisfont. Reliquary – a vessel containing the holy relic, said to be a finger bone of John the Baptist, would have been placed on the altar of the priory … Continue reading

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28 June – Margins

Designing the circular margin for the map required the use of a large, custom made compass created by my inventive and practical friend Charlie Bennett-Lloyd.   The design for the circular margin is created from drawings of Columbine, Herb Robert, … Continue reading

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