Sagittarius is the Archer, represented as a Centaur prieing back a Bowe. He is Cholericke and ruleth ye Thighs and Buttoks. The Archer is quik to iugge and maketh for a fiers competitor. He seketh out places for War during ye dai, and near ye Fire at night. When Mercurie passeth ye Archer, then He is tempted to engage in Debate, likelie to disparage others wt His Words. When Venus must come near the Centaur, then Ielousie of Loue is like to rise, causing Her to vse her Wils to gayne Affecciouns like Trophies. Sholde Saturnus ascend ithe Presence of this Bowe-Man, then He is Enuious of ye Success of others, oft turning to Insult to express His Displesure.
Calligraphy & Illumination by THL Katrusha Skomorokha Negodieva ‘doch
Persona: 16th century Novgorod Russia
Artist’s astrological sign: Leo
What is the inspiration for your piece and why did it appeal to you? It is the work of Albumasar (or Balkhi) and is a treatise on astrology. The Latin title is “Introductorium in Astronomiam”, a translation of the Arabic Kitab al-mudkhal al-kabir ila ‘ilm ahkam an-nujjum, writen in Baghdad in the year 848 A.D.
Materials used: Walnut ink, sumi ink, gauche paint
Other notes of interest about your piece: I have always wanted to work on a middle eastern piece, and this gave me the opportunity I was looking for.
What drew you to participate in this project? I was completely tickled when asked to participate. It gave me a chance to take a single inspiration (Sagittarius) and bring it to any time period and place I desired, which was a huge draw.
What is your favorite medium to work in? Honestly, it is all about the paper for me. Especially now that I have learned the craft of paper cutting. My favorite thing to create on is vellum, if I can get my hands on it. Beautiful material!
What is a C&I technique that is challenging to you, or not your favorite? Although I love math and I love the colors and I love the challenge of it, I would be okay not having to do Celtic knot work all the time. Thankfully, I get a plethora of inspiration that doesn’t always have to do with Celtic knot work.