In another life, I did “book arts” as a hobby. I was a scribe in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) and produced award scrolls (documents) in the style of medieval books of hours. I both calligraphed and painted these original works of art.
This past interest led me this afternoon to a presentation on the St. John’s Bible. In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey (outside of Minneapolis, Minnesota) commissioned a world famous calligrapher and Scribe to Queen Elizabeth II of England, Donald Jackson, to produce a hand-written, hand illuminated Bible. It was done in collaboration with a number of artists he gathered to his studio in Wales. They used medieval techniques and materials. It took 7 years to create 1156 pages on vellum.
Epiphany Episcopal Church in Seattle has 2 volumes of the “Heritage Edition” which is a facsimile reproduction.
This same program will be repeated monthly until August, when the volumes leave in August 2014.
Here is a taste of what it looks like: