A guidon is a type of livery flag which was used in medieval battle, alongside its larger cousin the standard, as a rally point for fighting units. Through use of livery and heraldic badges, these flags were designed to coordinate with the uniforms of those forces that mustered under them, so that a soldier could easily locate his unit on the field. Guidons in particular were carried by cavalry units, whose movements would be impeded by a full-size standard.
This silk guidon depicts my personal badge and motto in a Tudor period style. It is made of lightweight (8mm) flat crepe silk and measures sixty-eight inches in length and twenty-five inches tall at the hoist. The artwork was hand-painted using commercially available dyes, following the method developed by Master Rebecca Mary Robynson, OL. Learn more about Master Rebecca’s process at the Worshipful Company of St. Luke.
Below is my full documentation as presented at Caid Arts and Sciences Fair and Pentathlon in 2015 – where this flag placed first in the category ‘Heraldic Display: Banner or Flag,’ at the ‘Journeyman’ level.
The guidon was also one of my three entries in the Dreiburgen Arts & Sciences Champion Competition of 2015.
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