Text extracts from medieval riddle songs about the making of manuscripts from ox-hide. A once-dumb ox now has words, as a parchment book. A quill pen is a bird’s once wind-stiff joy.
I used a hybrid script I derived from combining characteristics of Celtic half-uncial with a sympathetic form of italic. The illustrations feature an ox at left and the book that it becomes at right. The book displays a carpet page (a flying carpet is evoked). This is filled with repetitions of the ox face. There's a lot of detail in subtle colours relating to the natural tones of the vellum pages. The Celtic spiral patterns were constructed with compasses. These contrast with a multitude of freehand flourishes, many of which terminate small drawn animal heads.
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