Contemporary manuscript illuminators have the freedom to conflate imagery and concepts which span multiple centuries and cultures. Researching themes and images appropriate to a commission is one of my favorite things to do. You can call it my personal journey.
"The Mystic Seaport Museum" in Mystic, Connecticut is having an exhibit on the famous Vinland Maps. Like most Medieval and Renaissance maps, the Vinland Maps were made on parchment. The exhibit designer requested a custom made parchment for display from Jesse Meyer at Pergamena. I was asked to write the text prepared by the museum staff.