Southern Wastes, Trimaris Area apprentice Lady Jillianne d'Anderson has been hard at work on her entry for the up-coming Arts and Sciences Faire; so much so, that she hasn't washed dishes in over a week.
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"Doesn't everyone who enters Art-Sci get into it as much as I do?" the artisan asks as she puts the final touches on her teaching display. Entitled "The Many Period Uses of Earwax", Lady Jillianne hopes to educate the populace on how artists used the stuff in period. "The neat thing about it is, everyone makes earwax, therefore, everyone can learn something from this display." The intrepid apprentice first carved an earspoon, the period version of a Q-Tip, out of wood. Then she began researching earwax uses. "I had to start early, as you might imagine, since I needed a lot of earwax."
This detailed project did not come without cost. "Well, besides really grossing out my husband, I've been so busy that I haven't been able to keep the house in order," says Lady Jillianne as she nearly trips over a pile of laundry. "We've also been eating a lot of take-out food."
And what did people of the Middle Ages do with earwax? "I don't want to spoil the surprise, but I will tell you that the main use was to mix with painting pigment. Just think of how much earwax may be in The Book of Kells! Maybe it got started when some artist used the end of his paint brush instead of an ear spoon." Lady Jillianne would like to remind everyone not to put anything bigger than your elbow inside your ear canal.