Saying thankyou : a scroll for Angel
When Giles and EzaBella were on the thrones their daughter was a part of their royal crew, a retainer. They wanted to say thank-you in a special way and asked if I would make them something scroll like. This was the result. It tells a little story as all of the images mean something and I hope it is a nice reminder of what was a pretty cool time.
Saying thank you with a gift or a piece of calligraphy and or illumination is often a fabulous way to reward a member of the populace especially if there is no reason give them one of the standard kingdom awards. Most scribes are happy to do off the book work ( so to speak) something different and challenging. It's not always appropriate to give a person an award and it is especially not appropriate to use an award because there is a need to "give person X something" when I thank you gift and straight forward recognition will do.
This was a fun piece to do, there was quite a bit of back and forth consultation, if I remember correctly, and when it was given out in court the various symbols and illustrations were explained. It's not my story to tell so I won't be doing that here.
Sometimes it is enough to call a person up in court and publicly thank them for their hard work and maybe give them a gift. This calls more attention to the work, to the person doing the work rather than have everything be about the title/award which lately, as many people have commented to me, it seems to be.
I've said it before but it bears repeating. Saying Thank You goes a very long way and often it's what most people who do any sort of volunteer work want more than anything else. To be recognized and acknowledged for their contributions. This is far more important, at least to me, than fancy titles.