Working with Gold

05.01.2019

Those who followed my stories on Instagram (@thomassing_) could watch my latest (and by far the largest) microcalligraphy work develop since Christmas. After doing a small sketch in November, I made a couple of 50 x 60 cm (20 x 24 inch) silvergelatine prints in December of some photographs which I want to use for my micro-écritures. This one is insofar special as all the writing and aureole are made of 24 carat gold, in a technique that was already used in medieval book illustration. I'm quite proud I could complete this work without any defects or unexpected incidents, if you're working with gold on paper there's not really much you can do to fix any error... That's also why I usually retire into the Veneto Dolomites to accomplish these large and complex works which need extreme concentration and long periods of working without interruptions.

Above are some photos of the final work (which just needs to be framed once I'm back in Germany) and of the working process. I received a lot of feedback from you on my stories the last days from which I realized that the actual process is something you all seem to be very interested in, so I'll try to post more works-in-progress and more background informations in the future.

The text I used is the Latin "Legenda" describing the life of Agnes of Bohemia (a.k.a. Agnes of Prague, 1211 - 1282), written by an anonymous Franciscan in the 14th century. It's the first time I'm using a classical hagiography of a female mystic, for the reason that there are just way too many important and interesting female mystics in history who never wrote a line themselves but whose stories were written down by their contemporaries or spiritual descendants. Their legacies are too important to be neglected.