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Mudthaw is this weekend and I hope to see many of you there! We are hosting an Artisan’s Village from noon to 2:30 and here is the current list of artists participating and what the demos/classes will be:
Elizabet Marshall: Will be demonstrating and teaching the Bayeux Tapestry stitches. She will have with her materials for teaching those familiar with using a needle and thread who are able to concentrate on careful, deliberate stitching. She will also have materials on hand to teach finger loop cording for ages 10 and up. Parents are requested to stay with their children.
Grimbold : Will be demonstrating Cold-working techniques of early metal smiths, including simple Anglo-Saxon cold-forging work in non-ferrous metals, Viking-era Danish decorative stamping and if time permits, ‘opus interrasile’, a rare Roman and Byzantine Empire openwork method. Reproduced tooling, techniques and works all based on period finds and research.
The following article was written by Lady Ysemay Sterlyling as part of the Gazette’s ongoing “How to…” series.
Judging a competition can often be as difficult as entering. Yet, at a certain point in our artisan development, many of us choose to take the plunge as a judge. However, few are ever given any guidance or training about judging. In addition, often the guidelines and standards for judging a competition are nearly nonexistent. As a judge, you want to do the right thing: make sure your scoring scale is on par with other judges, provide unbiased and honest critique, encourage the artisan to learn and grow, and finally help decide the winner. Hopefully, this article will help demystify the process and help make the judging experience more pleasant Continue reading
The following article was written by Master Ulric von der Insel and is published here as part of the Gazette’s ongoing “How to…” series.
There’s a handy tool that the current military uses regularly to scope out the lay of the land called Google Earth. It’s an easy download that gives a layered look at the globe. Those of us using it have enjoyed the pictures that people upload of the places across the Earth as they appear in uploaded photos. So how can we use this to help us out with our medieval selves? The two biggest ways are by seeing the shape of the land and by seeing the sights in the places.
I should make a big caveat right now, that with the change of sea levels and the silting of rivers and all, that the lay of the land isn’t exactly what it used to be. That’s okay – we’re not using Google Earth as documentation, just as a starting point for further persona story research (rather like Wikipedia, eh? Use cautiously!)
Maybe an example would be appropriate at this moment. We fly to the Tyrolean Alps south of Munich and there we are. Type the place name “Innsbruck, Austria” into the search box in the upper left. Modern-day, it’s a cosmopolitan center with autobahns zipping by. But look at the lay of the land: mountains around a sheltered valley and the Inn River. Follow the road south, and you get to see the Brenner Pass to Milan and Venice. Follow the road northeast and you get to Munich. This was a major European artery of traffic since the Neolithic Age! Zoom right into the mountains to appreciate what it would take to travel this route with a wagon or a caravan of wagons laden with goodies for the market. This gives you a feel for scale that you can’t get from text alone.
Foodies have been challenged to come up with proper February fare, and they have been responding! Of the twelve categories of food one may enter (The Choice of the People, February Fruits, Check Out that Pickle! Meat Me in the Wintertime, Lenten Lunchtime, Roots for the Home Team, Vegetable from Yestermonth, Blessed Cheesemakers, Drinks that Are not Just Melted Snow, Superb Soups and Stews, You Are So Sweet! and None of the Above.) it appears that the “Check Out that Pickle!” and “Drinks that Are not Just Melted Snow” categories may be the most hotly contested. “Meat Me in Wintertime” and “Superb Soups and Stews” may be a close contest, by all reports. There still haven’t been too many “You Are So Sweet” entries to satisfy my own sweet tooth – we shall see what appears that would be appropriate for a February – it’s up to the imagination of the entrants.
The Feast is on February 22 at the Barony of the Bridge and is, indeed, quite the pot-luck. The full announcement can be found at: http://www.eastkingdom.org/EventDetails.html?eid=2546
The Winter 2014 edition of Ars Scientia Orientalis, the quarterly Arts & Sciences publication for the East Kingdom is now available at http://aso.eastkingdom.org/issues/aso7.pdf.
This issue of ASO features:
Dolls in the 12th through 16th Centuries by Lady Lillian atte Valeye
My Experiences with the Preparation of a Tudor Banquette by Lady Ailionora inghean Ronain
16th-Century Monochrome Embroidery by Mistress Amy Webb, OL
The Aces, Book 1: The Kinds of Games At Which People Play by Justin DuCoeur (“Ace”)
Back issues can be found at the Ars Scientia Orientalis website (http://aso.eastkingdom.org)
On March 8, 2014 the Shire of Hartshorn-dale invites Artisans of all types to exhibit the fruits of their labors at the return of their very popular Artisans’ Challenge and Display. Exhibitors are especially encouraged to take up one of many challenges that have been issued by a great many admirers of art and science. Each challenger has set their own bar and everyone is encouraged to explore the list of challenges to see where they can shine! A general display will also be had. Attendees can look forward to a full afternoon of sharing their love of arts and sciences with many like-minded folk. All attendees are encouraged to bring tokens to leave with displays that they find especially meritorious.
The Shire of Nordenhal (Kingston, NY) is very pleased to once again offer a day full of classes to help you accessorize, embellish, and otherwise add those special touches that turn your garb from functional to fantastic.
Wear Schola IV will take place on November 16, 2013 at the Church of the Comforter Church Hall Wynkoop Place, Kingston, NY Reservations received before October 15th will receive a discounted event fee. Please see the event announcement on the East Kingdom website for details and specific instructions about how to register.
In addition to the traditional slate of classes, there will be a heavy list tournament (weather permitting) and Poison Pen Press will be vending throughout the day.
The event has made arrangements with several local hotels if you need overnight accommodations for this event. Details are on the event announcement. Please contact Autocrat Lady Ailionora inghean Ronain with any questions you may have about the event.
You are cordially invited to St. Eligius Celebration of the Arts and Sciences, being held on November 16th in Meriden CT. The St. Eligius Arts and Sciences Competition has an unusual format this year and is designed to be something like a martial tourney, so this contest demands face-to-face scoring. Each contestant declares his entry(s) as belonging to one of the following groups: (Yes, it is possible to have entries in 2 groups.)
Novices have entered a few small competitions (or none) & feel rather inexperienced in A&S contests. (Analogy: competes in Rookie’s Tourney)
Artisans have entered competitions and have experienced getting feedback & refining their entry so it shows to best advantage. (Analogy: Cadet’s/Squire’s Tourney)
Experienced competitors have entered several local or Kingdom-wide contests. This group also includes any Laurel whose entry is anything-BUT-what-they-were-laureled-for. (Analogy: competes in King & Queen’s Champion Tourney)
Laurels & masters are either members of the Order of the Laurel entering examples of the work(s) for which they received their recognition, or any non-Laurel who chooses to enter in this group and are demonstrating their mastery of an art or science. (Analogy: competes in Crown Tourney or Best of the Knowne World Tourney)
Since it is the combatants who declare the winner of a martial bout, St. Eligius entrants will score entries in their contest group. Orientation to scoring will be available for each entrant and an ombudsman-consultant will be available to each group. The St. Eligius 12 Questions sheet should accompany entries (strongly recommended), but other documentation would be accepted. There is no age limit on entries. Bring your best but limit yourself to no more than 5 entries–although an entry can contain several items.
Research papers are limited to 8 pages & must be submitted electronically by Nov 3rd. Though read by non-contestants, face-to-face scoring will occur.
Prizes will be awarded for each of the 4 contest groups: Novice, Artisan, Experienced competitor, and Laurels & masters. Prizes will also be awarded in focused contests: Progress, Medieval Moment, Best SCA Kludge, Populace’s Choice, Baron’s Choice, and the Master Alexander the Younger Challenge.
Complete rules, St. Eligius 12 Questions documentation sheet, and score sheet are at the Dragonship Haven event website.
A display is planned so people are encouraged to exhibit beautiful and marvelous works to amuse and astonish those present.
We are hoping to see you at this event. We want to see how this contest works out. Be prepared to give feedback!
No celebration is complete without the work of the artists, artisans, and makers of the Known World, for it is through their efforts that we can step back in time. Bring forth your best arts and sciences and enter the Stonemarche Baronial and Northern Region A&S Championships!
Items may have been entered in previous competitions or displays.
All skill levels welcome.
This is a popular vote competition–the people voting may not know much about your project, so come prepared to make your case!
Participants will be given detailed entry forms to fill out on site, but extra documentation is welcome.
Entry forms will ask:
1.) What is the project?
2.) What is its date and place?
3.) What historical artifact inspired you, and what did you do to learn more about it?
4.) How is your entry made like the historical one?
5.) How is it different?
6.) What did you learn from making this?
7.) What would you do differently?