Libra is sene as a faint set of Scales. It is Sanguin and ruleth ye Reynes and ye Bowels. The Scales bring a sense of Mesure to al procedings. When ye Mone happeth to come near ye Scales, then Her Maneres are composed, and She is pleasant in her Tendreness. When Iupiter hath need of the Scales, then He will deel fairlie wt the World and releue the Poor, though if He is rekles He might los His labour though he entended well.
Persona: 15th Century German Tailor
Artist’s astrological sign: Libra
What is the inspiration for your piece and why does it appeal to you?
Libra, Book of hours. Italy, probably Milan ca. 1473
I loved the simplicity of the centralized figure, and the use of bold colors.
Materials used: Bristol paper and gouache.
What drew you to participate in this project? I have enjoyed the calendar and was excited to have the opportunity to contribute. My personal astrological sign is Libra, so I was naturally drawn to it.
What is your favorite medium to work in? I use gouache for all my illuminations, but I am interested in exploring non-traditional media for scrolls, like embroidery.
What is a C&I technique that is challenging to you, or not your favorite? Gold leaf is absolutely beautiful, but it is the most nerve-wracking technique to apply!