Wednesday, July 21, 2010

An "Outsider's" Take on Heraldry

Karen Hatzigeorgiou over at her blog, Artful Journey (, has recently (July 19, 2010) begun a short series on heraldry and coats of arms, inspired by her recent find of Heraldry for Craftsmen and Designers by W. H. St. John Hope.  (I have a copy of this book myself.  I highly recommend it to anyone who has an interest in heraldry and/or heraldic art.)

As an artist herself -- mostly altered books and collages -- she is looking at heraldry from an outsider's point of view, as someone new to heraldry.  (She also has a website on which she places a lot of public domain images and clipart, including some of the heraldry she's recently discovered.  See her Terms of Use at  One of my favorite lines from her post today (July 21), is: "Wow! It’s like trying to learn another language! Can you imagine the skill it took for craftsmen to design a coat of arms?"  To which I must honestly reply, "Why, yes.  Yes, I do."  Followed by: "Welcome to the wonderful world of heraldry!"

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