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Since 1992 I have been engaged in researching the materials, tools and techniques used by artists and craftsmen who helped create manuscripts and paintings in the Islamic world and the Indian Subcontinent.
I am particularly interested in the developments in this genre during the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, which saw the greatest eclecticism, innovation and variety in the arts of the book.
My research methodology involves close visual examinations of historic manuscripts, experiments with pigment preparation and painting techniques, and the study of primary documentary resources. I work both independently and in collaboration with libraries and institutions that house and care for important collections.
The aims of my research are to gain a better understanding of the material, ideological and technical culture in which these magnificent works of art were created, and to contribute to the body of knowledge available for the care and conservation of manuscripts and paintings.
The outcomes of my research include the dissemination of technichal understandings of pigments and manuscripts through workshops and seminars, and my own creative output as a contemporary artist.
ResearchFellowship at Bodleian Libraries
Lapis Lazuli at Bodleian Libraries
A 15th Century Master at The British Library
Cinnabar and Alchemy