Nov 13, 2003, Caid: SCA member Nancy Garbarini, known in the Society for Creative Anachronism as Contessa Luciana Di Carlo, debuts her new company, The Gylded Page with festive packaged holiday cards featuring original artwork inspired by 15th Century Italian illuminations from the Visconti Hours.
In this fast-paced age of improving technology, there is still an appreciation for the meticulous, time-intensive work of medieval illuminators. According to Nancy, "People are really fascinated with the intricate detail, endless creativity and charm of the manuscript paintings created hundreds of years ago. Unfortunately, access to these historic pieces is rather limited."
The work she saw in books and museums made her fall in love with medieval painting and illumination, motivating Garbarini to learn the art form herself. Though she still strives to achieve what her medieval mentors did, she makes her living as a commercial illustrator as well as doing private commissions. Of course, she also paints SCA award scrolls.
"There was such a demand for Christmas cards," says Garbarini, "but, I couldn't find a feasible way to hand paint thousands to suit our modern traditions, so I did the next best thing -- I had them professionally printed." The holiday greetings are currently available in packages of 12 cards and 12 envelopes for $15 and can be purchased via the website: http://www.gyldedpage.com/ .
"The response has been fantastic! I'm very excited and looking forward to expanding my line of published cards to complement my hand painted pieces." The artist's work includes illumination, portrait miniatures, and wood cuts using primarily 13th -16th Century materials and techniques.
Nancy, or rather, Luciana, has been an active SCA participant in the Kingdom of Caid for nearly 10 years. She runs a weekly scriptorium in her home studio, which is open to all SCA scribes, both new and experienced, who wish to learn, work on award scrolls, research, and have a generally good time.
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