RAM Vikings – Art styles

I’ve subsequently taken a really great class on the different Viking Age art styles, through the SCA – but there was also a really neat display at the Danish Viking Exhibit at the Royal Alberta Museum (RAM).  Today’s blog post will have some of the photos from that display.

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Self portrait in acrylics

Self portrait in acrylics

Self portrait in acrylics

Ages ago I tried my first self-portrait, but while re-doing my bedroom and creating a bit of a black and white gallery wall, I wanted to add another in there. Now… my housemate is the artist in our household (and doesn’t do portraits…) so I’m not pretending that this is some masterwork. BUT… I like it, it was fun, and I wanted to show it off.

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Pyrography kitchen box

Pyrography medieval kitchen box

Pyrography medieval kitchen box

For my next pyrography project I really was trying to consider WHICH era/time/place I hadn’t yet made a bling-box for.

I have costumes for:

But.. some of these I don’t have much bling for (not enough to warrant a box), some I might eventually have enough bling for (but not yet), and some I have SO MUCH BLING for…  Continue reading

German Renaissance pyrography box

German Renaissance themed Pyrography box for my costume bling

German Renaissance themed Pyrography box for my costume bling

I was so happy with the Egyptian themed pyrography bling box and the amount of detail that went into it, that I decided to look at another design for something relatively complex as well (compared to some of my earlier projects). I decided that I wanted to make one for my German Renaissance costume as well, though at the moment I have NO jewellery to go with this (since the wide choker-necklace I want to make/buy I didn’t have time for when I created the original gown). Continue reading

Pyrography bling box – Italian Renaissance

Italian Renaissance themed Pyrography box

Italian Renaissance themed Pyrography box

After my first round of wood-burned bling boxes, I decided I really wanted to make more – one for each of the costumes I currently have to hold small things like jewellery, belts, etc. I also decided it would be a good idea to decorate not just the lids of the boxes, but also the fronts – so when I stack them on a shelf, I can tell what is in each at a glance.

One of the costumes that has quite a bit of jewellery is my Italian Renaissance costumes. This includes the red and gold striped dress (Gamurra), the gold and black over dress (giornea), the red and gold overdress, the green dress, and the teal velvet overdress to start with… with plans for a few more elements to come…  Continue reading