Medieval Illustration: The Science of Making Books in the Middle Ages

The Book Club of Detroit
The Book Club of Detroit
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Traffic Jam & Snug

511 W Canfield St · Detroit, MI

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*This is NOT a BCD event. This is just something we love.*

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Medieval Illustration: The Science of Making Books in the Middle Ages

Traffic Jam & Snug (restaurant & micro-brewery)
511 West Canfield St
Detroit, MI 48201

7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Cost: FREE

Brewing Chemistry Club's monthly meeting feature's Randy Asplund

Presented by:
Randy Asplund

Medieval Book Artist, Randy Asplund will give a presentation of manuscript illumination, calligraphy and book arts.

He grinds his own pigment, and also creates his own vellum. Randy will make your medieval art just as it was done in the Middle Ages, using the same authentic materials and techniques.

Unlike other illuminators who use modern equivalents and copy existing art, Randy works as if he were actually an artist in the middle ages. He even makes many of his colors because they are so difficult to find today.

His artwork can be created on genuine animal skin parchment, with ink made from wasp nests, genuine gold and silver leaf, and pigments made from such exotic materials as lapis lazuli, azurite, malachite, vermilion, minium, saffron, buckthorn berries, and brazil wood.

He will bind books with wood boards and leather, with hand-made clasps and other hardware, in your choice of styles as were done in Europe before 1500 AD.