Books: An Exhibit of Technology and Application" exhibit
by Artist and Medieval Book Arts researcher Randy Asplund is a
display of the various tools, raw materials, and techniques of
the complex process of making medieval books and illuminated manuscript
pages. In these cases you will find the tools and materials used
to make parchment, inks, paints, to gild, to write, to illustrate,
and to bind medieval books. The tools are reproductions made by
the artist. The raw materials include minerals, plants, rare insects
like Kermes, and alchemical types such as lead colors and verdigris.
On the walls behind these objects are photographs of the artist
at work making all of these things. There are also single page
works of art, and two full books, including a 15th c. style Gothic
bound 3" high "Life of Jeanne d'Arc" and a 14th-16th
c. type Limp Leather bound book.
All of these
materials and photographs
are part of the vast amount of material Randy Asplund has been
assembling for inclusion in the book he is writing about how Medieval
Illuminated Books were made.