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

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Date: January 21, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Traffic Jam & Snug | Map
511 West Canfield
Detroit, MI 48201
Category: Lecture

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

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.

Dutch treat dinner at 6 PM
Talk begins at 7 PM


Meghann Murray
(313) 993-1259




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