Super-duper-humerals

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Because seriously, look at that fabulousness!

One of the more puzzling things I’ve been researching have been superhumerals.  In the SCA, we have a tendency to make them out of fabric (because affordability), but I’ve now run into a second data point of what could be a superhumeral.

For those who don’t know what a superhumeral is, it is a collar worn over the shoulders, which has morphed into an ecclesiastic garment (now called the amice, which bears no resemblance to the Byzantine superhumeral, as it is a rectangular piece of cloth with religious symbols and two cords, one affixed to each front corner), with the only major commonality is in the name and location.  (Superhumeral meaning “over the shoulders” in Latin.)

Many SCAdians have looked at photos (or if you’re lucky, the actual mosaics at the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy) of Theodora and her ladies (see left) and have wondered how to make the jewelled collar that she and her ladies (there are two others besides our favourite dancing empress who are wearing them).  At a contemporary set of mosaics (The Procession of the Virgin Martyrs), each of the girls wear a superhumeral.  In that post, I discussed that no surviving superhumerals had been found.

I would like to retract that statement.

In Gold & Sapphire Necklace – Altes Museum, Berlin, I had discussed that it was certainly a possibility that this piece was possibly a superhumeral.  It is certainly listed as a necklace, and I suppose by all technicalities, it is one.  On the other hand, though, I’ve had a difficult time tracking down the provenance other than it’s 6th c, and possibly Egyptian, but the Altes Museum database doesn’t seem to have it listed.  (Hey, museum professionals.  I know, I’m just this chick, but it would be lovely if we could get information on weird objects like this!)  Anyway, after another dive down the Pinterest rabbit hole, I found what appears to be a second metal superhumeral.  There’s even cloisonné on a panel that bears a pretty good resemblance to the plaques on Theodora’s.  And while 3″ wide doesn’t seem huge, it’s still a sizeable piece of metal just under one’s neck.  (even the Mold Gold Cape is substantial, but it’s a cape, not a necklace.  It’s also Welsh, Bronze Age, and not otherwise related, but a lot of the upper-body mobility aspects still should be addressed.)  At the same time, I find I have difficulty in wearing my fabric superhumeral (made by the wonderful Anna of Anna’s Rome) as fabric moves quite a bit more than metal does.  On the other hand, these were court garments, and more than likely not worn in the same way we in the SCA wear our garments.  (Seriously, you try doing kitchen work in full court gear.  I.  Don’t.  Think.  So.)

Of course, two points do not conclusive data make.  On the other hand, I’m having far more difficulty in saying that fabric was ever used for this sort of use.  (Now, I’m not going to tell you to stop making them, because metal is expensive and can be difficult to work with.)  Also, as far as enameling a cheaper metal substitute (like brass), you’re going to have a bad time, since brass (really, the zinc in the brass) and glass don’t play nicely together.

So, I suppose this goes into the pile of “wishful thinking projects”.  This could be a lot of fun to enter into a display, or even just to attempt to make, and yet, it looks relatively simple.  It’s finding the analogues (because have you seen the gold prices lately?  $1,244.30 USD an ounce!  Eeep) and ways to work around getting the look for far less.

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Omphaloskepsis: on asking questions and providing suggestions

It’s been kind of a crazy few weeks in SCA blog-land when it comes to arts and sciences and how we ask questions and do things and information transfer and how to act on social media.  Y’know, a light week of reading.  (So you have an idea, check out these posts: Social Media, the SCA and You: an editorial.Tolerating Intolerance: The Trap of SCA Courtesy, and Remember the human: don’t be that guy at A&S classes and displays.)

It’s some heavy reading, but decent food for thought.  Go read.  Come back here when you’re done.

Done?  Okay.  Awesome.

So, let’s look at this in a couple of ways.

Social media in a lot of ways has become the village well.  We talk through projects and concepts pertaining to the SCA.  In a lot of ways, it continues the learning process that happens at events, practices, A&S nights, and collegia.  People use it to bounce ideas off of others.  It can be a tremendous source for providing or asking for help.

But.

Let us remember that unless someone is asking for help (or you have asked them if they need help!), it is not a good idea to make unsolicited advice or suggestions, even if they are well-intentioned.  It will create more friction to those who are seeking information.  When in doubt, ask if you can offer advice.  If someone says, “yes,” then yes, go for it.  Awesome!  If not, then don’t offer it.  There may be reasons, but it’s not for you to go into.  And unless you are prepared to fix the thing yourself, seriously don’t offer.  And, yes, it is okay to ask “are you needing my advice, or do you need to rant?”  I assure you, there is plenty of space to rant about how terrible a project is.  I have an entire closet of banished A&S projects.  I have ranted about all of them to someone willing to listen.  (mostly my peers, but hey, sometimes other folks, too.)

Same with commissions.  If one asks about if commissions are open, and they aren’t, then they aren’t.  Don’t press for reasons, because there could be anything preventing commissions being open.  Don’t even go into “oh, I would still love to have this if they open,” because that’s passive-aggressive.  It’s not even flattering.  On the artisan end, it can be frustrating.  Pro tip: Ask simply and directly.  “Are you taking commissions?”  “Are you open to taking a commission?”  It’s a yes or no answer.  And if you get a no answer, please be graceful about it.

It really boils down to consent.  And consent matters.  (Seriously, this is a matter of respect.  And respecting boundaries is important.)

Same with at display and competition tables.  The boundary is a bit fuzzier, certainly, as there’s clearly a place for information transfer.  However, there really is a way to couch suggestions.  Saying “you should do this” versus “have you thought about. . .” really does frame advice in a friendlier way.  That being said, be prepared to actually listen why the person on the other side of the table didn’t do it that way.  If the person can’t afford it, give them the tools to help.  Our hobby is expensive, and for people starting out on the path who may not have found their passion, it is unfair to ask them to invest in items that they may not be able to afford.

If your kingdom doesn’t do face-to-face judging, this is a great way to leave helpful links or book titles, but please remember that you’re losing tone when you’re leaving written comments.  Much like business emails, written comments don’t have the benefit of body language, and even helpful comments can read as being harmful.  (Same with social media.  If you’re going to leave a comment on a display, read the information and then comment with something truly helpful.  If you have nothing helpful to add to the conversation, don’t add it.)

Couch your comments like a compliment sandwich.  A compliment sandwich is compliment-constructive critique-compliment-encouragement.  An example is “you did this particular thing really well.  I would like to see this change, and this is how you can take steps to do this.  Even then, you made a great attempt, and I can’t wait to see more!”  Honesty, though, is important.  If there’s room for improvement, then let them know.  But let your advice be easily actionable.  Think of constructive criticism as a way to work alongside them in improving their work – you become partners.

And that brings me to the second point.

Ask honest questions.  Veiling passive-aggressive points as a question is not a question.  Weaponizing “have you thought about. . .” is a great way to get someone to not listen to future advice.  Example: “Have you thought about the fact that your stitches are wrong and you need to do this” or “Is there a reason you didn’t use this particular resource?” is a great way to upset someone.  Sticking your nose into a social media post on telling someone how to do something without them asking for help is a really big faux-pas.  Don’t do it, please.

For those who are already looking at this as a TL;DR (too long; didn’t read), I bring you Konstantia’s Guide to Being a Better A&S Judge.

  1. Encouragement.  You may be talking to someone who is incredibly gunshy to judging.  They could be dealing with nerves or a life explosion.  Any number of things.  Be kind.  Encourage them.  Unless you are willing to fix a reason why someone is unable to do something (and it’s listed in the documentation), do not tell them how to fix it unless you’re willing to help show them.
  2. Be positive.  Even if you’re having an absolute rotter of a day, don’t take it out on the person you’re judging.  They can be nervous, upset from a prior judging session, or even may be dealing with something else unrelated to the Society.
  3. If you see someone tanking someone project, tell someone.  Seriously.  Please tell someone, whether it be the Minister of Arts and Sciences, the person running the display event, or the event steward.  Part of what makes the information transfer work is positive experiences (not everyone runs off of spite and caffeine like me), and that means if you see someone being a jerk, privately mention it to someone who can make a conversation happen.
  4. Couch your conversations with love and joy.  Socratic methodology is great, but please don’t be passive-aggressive with it.  I know I’ve said this over and over, but please, be kind.  Listen.  Support.  (see also the line about encouragement.)  Now, be honest, but don’t be brutal.  Brutality is not a peer-like quality.  Neither is unsolicited advice.
  5. Give contact information.  If you’re judging something, you may be a subject matter expert.  (and even if you’re not, judging is a great way to network and connect and to check in with the people you’re working with.)  You may even learn something new, subject matter experts!
  6. Write award recommendations.  Seriously.  The Crown/Coronet is not psychic, nor are they able to co-locate.  Call people to Their attention.  If you want to learn how to write an award recommendation, please read my article, found here.

This list is far from being complete, but it’s a good start.  Please feel free to use it in your toolbox and to modify things as necessary.  And let me know how it works!

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Project Updates.

Things still to accomplish.

  1. Lined Skjoldehamn hood (Have cut out the wool and am working on getting it lined and assembled.  And finally.)
  2. Cutting out several Byzantine bone box blanks in preparation for turning into Byzantine box icons.  (It’s been. . . warm.  It means that I don’t want to be outside cutting bone with a Dremel because it’s uncomfortably warm outside.)
  3. Sewing up Byzantine boy garb (PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!  I have wool, but I really want something a wee bit lighter for the summer, so . . . waiting to get more linen)
  4. Thaddeus’ Achievement of Arms (purchased more perg and some Tresser’s Pink Stuff from John Neal Books.  Have started work on layout.  I just need to be disciplined and get this done.)
  5. Making more casual Byzantine clothing (Started this.  It’s starting life as Imperial Roman, and then will be cannibalized for something 4th c. as a part of Operation Cooler Summers.)
  6. Heraldic banner for my significant other. (purchased canvas and just need to do sewing and layout for this.)
  7. Creating four Byzantine peerage ceremonies (I’m picking through rather slowly.  There’s a lot of information.  De Ceremoniis is a doorstop of a book!)

Things I’ve gotten accomplished!

  1. Painting Aed’s shield.
  2. Secret project scroll #1 (known now as Sir Gawayne’s Augmentation scroll)
  3. Nobelese Largesse Secret Project (blogged about here)
  4. Mar’s Quilt block (which has been presented and photos can be found on facebook)
  5. Written Pelican scroll text for Jaida de Leon
  6. New Baronial A&S Champions traveling trophy. (I do want to do some clean-up work on this particular piece so that it’s comfortable to wear.)
  7. A whole slew of Facebook frames for at least five kingdoms and one principality.(while not a period art, it is a service and probably something I should post.)
  8. Baronial preprints.  (I’ve honestly lost track of how many I’ve done for the barony.  It’s also a blast to work with others on this, too.)
  9. A bunch of preprints for TRM to use.  And the preprint workshop at Valor helped Their Majesties out, too.  I may have to hold more of these in the future.
  10. Baronial roll of arms project. (this is honestly an ongoing project, but it’s fun to see how far it’s come in the years we’ve worked on it.)
  11. Camp banners for Valor.
  12. Creating handouts for Valor’s classes.
  13. Banner for KWHSS.
  14. Secret project scroll #2 (still can’t say anything about this!  Blog post, though, will be coming)
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Update on Finished Projects

So, we’re five months in.  I’ve been able to stay mostly motivated to get projects done and off the list, though I’m definitely seeing some sticking points.  It is also hard as hell to create when you just don’t want to create.

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I did pick up a couple of things at KWHSS – some pigments and a couple of new pen holders, and more perg, so yay more scrolls!  I even have some cochineal to attempt some pigment lakes with it.  (yay little cactus bugs!)

I am, however, most excited to try out my Brause nibs.  I have some super-tiny ones that will be a lot of fun to play with, and will hopefully make my tinier calligraphy a little more tiny.  (Really, tiny scrolls are fun.)

Things still to accomplish.

  1. Lined Skjoldehamn hood (Have cut out the wool and am working on getting it lined and assembled.  And finally.)
  2. Cutting out several Byzantine bone box blanks in preparation for turning into Byzantine box icons.
  3. Sewing up Byzantine boy garb (PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!  I have wool, but I really want something a wee bit lighter for the summer, so . . . waiting to get linen)
  4. Thaddeus’ Achievement of Arms (purchased more perg and some Tresser’s Pink Stuff from John Neal Books.  With any luck, I’ll be able to actually get this done.)
  5. Making more casual Byzantine clothing (PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!  Boils down to needing fabric at this point, since I now have an idea of where to go with this.)
  6. Heraldic banner for my significant other. (purchased canvas and just need to do sewing and layout for this.)
  7. Secret project scroll #2 (starting this weekend!)
  8. Creating four Byzantine peerage ceremonies (I’m picking through rather slowly.  There’s a lot of information.  De Ceremoniis is a doorstop of a book!)

Things I’ve gotten accomplished!

  1. Painting Aed’s shield.
  2. Secret project scroll #1 (known now as Sir Gawayne’s Augmentation scroll)
  3. Nobelese Largesse Secret Project (blogged about here)
  4. Mar’s Quilt block (which has been presented and photos can be found on facebook)
  5. Written Pelican scroll text for Jaida de Leon
  6. New Baronial A&S Champions traveling trophy. (I do want to do some clean-up work on this particular piece so that it’s comfortable to wear.)
  7. A whole slew of Facebook frames for at least five kingdoms and one principality.(while not a period art, it is a service and probably something I should post.)
  8. Baronial preprints.  (I’ve honestly lost track of how many I’ve done for the barony.  It’s also a blast to work with others on this, too.)
  9. A bunch of preprints for TRM to use.  And the preprint workshop at Valor helped Their Majesties out, too.  I may have to hold more of these in the future.
  10. Baronial roll of arms project. (this is honestly an ongoing project, but it’s fun to see how far it’s come in the years we’ve worked on it.)
  11. Camp banners for Valor.
  12. Creating handouts for Valor’s classes.
  13. Banner for KWHSS.
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KWHSS and yet another scroll diary.

 


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KWHSS was a blast.  I got to hang out with my brothers, the Four Horsemen of the College of Arms, picked up some scribal goodies (and yet, somehow managed to stay under budget), and learned a lot.  Plus, oh, the networking.

Also, next year is in Calontir.  Come see me.  Come take some classes.  Do fun things.  Bwa ha ha ha.

Anyway, you’re here for the scroll diary.  I got the assignment, and was told it needed to be a quick turnaround.  So, um.  I did something really stupid, especially when one has arthritis in hands.  I worked a nearly solid 16 hours on it, over the span of two days.  I definitely didn’t take enough breaks.  On the other hand, the weather was beautiful (low 80s and sun), so before the summer heat came and killed any desire to do anything outdoors, I took the opportunity to get things done.

Sir Gawain ap Tristram is a pillar of Calontir.  He’s been baron of Vatavia, is a Pelican, a knight, and a former principal herald.  To do this scroll for him was an incredible honour.

The scroll text was written by Duchess Aislinn, and fits that 14th c style pretty well.  I did a couple of read-throughs of the text, did some research (I knew Gawain had a Welsh persona) before settling on the Grey-FitzPayn Hours for inspiration.  Since it was an augmentation, and Gawain is a herald, I definitely wanted to make sure there was space for it, and the extant page had at least three instances of it.

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So, like most scribal pieces, it starts off with layout.  I have a tendency to work small: being a lefty means that ink smearing is an ever-present danger, but working on smaller pieces (while being more period at that) lessens that chance of smearing (for me, anyway.  Your mileage may vary greatly.)  After pencil, I went in with calligraphy.  After that, it was painting.

I definitely wanted to include his family and other bits of his life in this piece, since he’s given so much to the kingdom.  It’s only right that he should also have his family in the scroll.  So, I included his wife, daughter, son, daughter-in-law, and his grandsons, as well as his dogs.  There’s also a callback to the barony that he served as baron, too.  Below are thumbnails of his scroll from (mostly) start to finish.  I used lots of gouache, FineTec’s gold palette, and india ink.  My brush choices are small, with lots of 20/0s (I like Princeton’s minis), but there were a few 1s and 3/0s here and there.

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Updates to the project list!

Image may contain: tree, sky and outdoorI’m preparing to go to KWHSS in the Debatable Lands (finally!  Another kingdom down for me!)  Valor was a lot of fun (and Camp Interkingdom Incident really was a blast to hang out with).  And, my class and workshop went well, so definitely some good times.  (Also, I forgot that I’m not bad as a cook.  I’ll take it!)

I still, though, have projects.  And I’m realizing that I’m taking on new ones without finishing up the old ones, so I really need to spend some time and dedicate myself to not taking on new ones.

Things still to accomplish.

  1. Lined Skjoldehamn hood (will definitely have to redo the centre panel.  Alas.  Am working on remeasuring, cutting out, and sewing the entire thing up.  Almost there.)
  2. Cutting out several Byzantine bone box blanks in preparation for turning into Byzantine box icons.
  3. Sewing up Byzantine boy garb (PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!)
  4. Thaddeus’ Achievement of Arms (I need to make a purchase of more perg, as I’m out of new full sheets.  I should also probably get some Miniatum, since I’m having gold adhesion issues with the perg.  Bleh.)
  5. Making more casual Byzantine clothing (PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!  Boils down to needing fabric at this point, since I now have an idea of where to go with this.)
  6. Heraldic banner for my significant other. (purchased canvas and just need to do sewing and layout for this.)
  7. Secret project scroll #2 (I have words, but I need to figure out art and a few other things.)
  8. Creating four Byzantine peerage ceremonies (I’m picking through rather slowly.  There’s a lot of information.  De Ceremoniis is a doorstop of a book!)

Things I’ve gotten accomplished!

  1. Painting Aed’s shield.
  2. Secret project scroll #1 (can’t post about it yet – but there will be a post, promise)
  3. Nobelese Largesse Secret Project (blogged about here)
  4. Mar’s Quilt block (which has been presented and photos can be found on facebook)
  5. Written Pelican scroll text for Jaida de Leon
  6. New Baronial A&S Champions traveling trophy. (who is currently me, but I’m looking forward to handing that one off)  I do want to do some clean-up work on this particular piece so that it’s comfortable to wear.
  7. A whole slew of Facebook frames for at least five kingdoms and one principality.(while not a period art, it is a service and probably something I should post.)
  8. Baronial preprints.  (I’ve honestly lost track of how many I’ve done for the barony.  It’s also a blast to work with others on this, too.)
  9. A bunch of preprints for TRM to use.  And the preprint workshop at Valor helped Their Majesties out, too.  I may have to hold more of these in the future.
  10. Baronial roll of arms project. (this is honestly an ongoing project, but it’s fun to see how far it’s come in the years we’ve worked on it.)
  11. Camp banners for Valor.
  12. Creating handouts for Valor’s classes.
  13. Banner for KWHSS.
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Time for All Things to End

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I am stepping down from my post as Baronial A&S champion this weekend (it was supposed to be earlier this year, but we ended up moving the event due to inclement weather) – so I had some time to finish off some things that I wanted to do.

I perhaps was not as active of a champion as I would have liked.  Making art when you’re in the throes of depressive cycles or even crazy-busy work schedules is sometimes problematic.  And to be completely honest, I am not the most disciplined when it comes to making things.  (See also why there are all of these monthly project management posts as of late.)  However, some of the job of being A&S Champion also means encouraging others to share their stuff, and that I have done, and find exceedingly rewarding.

Anyway, I believe in leaving office/championship, etc. better than how I got it.  When I stepped up, I received a beautifully embroidered belt favour, which I’ve worn for a little over a year.  (I have some philosophical thoughts on the periodicity of belt favours, but sometimes, you have to suck it up and wear it as representation of who you are.)  However, that was it.  I get an OP designation in our Baronial Order of Precedence, but nothing else.  And I’m okay with that for me, but I want those who come after me to having something else.  So, there’s a new traveling trophy (that’s the carved bone medallion, which is also not super-period, but necklaces are easier to justify as a period object) and a scroll, which they get to keep.  It’s another Tiny Scroll by Konstantia™, being 4″x6″, so it’s a bit ridiculous.  However, the winner gets to take this home and keep it.  I hope that a a tradition like this continues.

I also wrote the scroll text.  Their Excellencies (really, His Excellency) are Norse personae, so I wrote something with a lot of kennings.

Great are our artisans, of whom we speak wordfame.
Full our halls are with their works
Of the bones of the sea and of the honey-wave, of song and of Sif’s hair
We adorn them – the landing place of the falcon on their arms
And bid _________ to guard their place
At the forges, workshops, kitchens, and halls
From now until the shield of the house of storms returns

I really want to tuck the words “of song and of Sif’s hair” into a song somewhere, but that’s neither here nor there.

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Project updates!

Things still to accomplish.

  1. Lined Skjoldehamn hood (will definitely have to redo the centre panel.  Alas.  Am working on remeasuring, cutting out, and sewing the entire thing up.  Almost there.)
  2. Cutting out several Byzantine bone box blanks in preparation for turning into Byzantine box icons.
  3. Sewing up Byzantine boy garb (PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!)
  4. Thaddeus’ Achievement of Arms
  5. Making more casual Byzantine clothing (PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!)
  6. Heraldic banner for my significant other. (purchased canvas and just need to do sewing and layout for this.)
  7. Secret project scroll #2
  8. Creating handouts for Valor’s classes
  9. Creating four Byzantine peerage ceremonies

Things I’ve gotten accomplished!

  1. Painting Aed’s shield.
  2. Secret project scroll #1 (can’t post about it yet – but there will be a post, promise)
  3. Nobelese Largesse Secret Project (blogged about here)
  4. Mar’s Quilt block (which has been presented and photos can be found on facebook)
  5. Written Pelican scroll text for Jaida de Leon
  6. New Baronial A&S Champions traveling trophy. (who is currently me, but I’m looking forward to handing that one off)  I do want to do some clean-up work on this particular piece so that it’s comfortable to wear.
  7. A whole slew of Facebook frames for at least five kingdoms and one principality.(while not a period art, it is a service and probably something I should post.)
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    Accidental heraldry?

    Baronial preprints.  (I’ve honestly lost track of how many I’ve done for the barony.  It’s also a blast to work with others on this, too.)

  9. Baronial roll of arms project. (this is honestly an ongoing project, but it’s fun to see how far it’s come in the years we’ve worked on it.)
  10. Camp banners for Valor – also known as the secret project for Valor (some out of kingdom herald friends and I are camping together at Valor.  We decided we needed to mark our camp, so . . . I accidentally heraldry’d?)
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De Ceremoniis

So, I sucked it up and decided that I could be poor a couple of weeks.  And so I purchased Byzantina Australiensia’s new translation of De Ceremoniis so I could start building Byzantine ceremonies and researching things from the primary (or close to it) source document.  For those not in the know, De Ceremoniis is the book of protocol for the Byzantine court, going into excruciating detail.

I have to tell you that it is a doorstop of a book, but it is so jam-packed with interesting tidbits of Romano-Hellenistic traditions (one of the little things is lining a progress path from the palace to Hagia Sophia with ivy, myrtle, and rosemary – the scent had to be amazing).  There are maps of the City.  A glossary of terms and titles.  It may be a doorstop of a book, but it’s a tremendous resource to those doing any form of work regarding the Empire.

So, now I have homework.  I’ve always wanted to write peerage ceremonies for Byzantine personae, and now I have the source to glean information from.  I’m in the process of going through details, digesting, and am working on ways to take a very religious society and making the ceremonies, well, not.  (Don’t get me wrong – my persona and I are Christians, but I like that the SCA is a secular organization and I’d like to keep it that way.)

This, in addition to my pile of unfinished projects, which I need to do an update on.

Still on the list:

  1. Lined Skjoldehamn hood (will definitely have to redo the centre panel.  Alas.)
  2. Cutting out several Byzantine bone box blanks in preparation for turning into Byzantine box icons.
  3. Sewing up Byzantine boy garb (PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!)
  4. Thaddeus’ Achievement of Arms
  5. Making more casual Byzantine clothing (PLEASE HELP ME WITH THIS!)
  6. Heraldic banner for my significant other.
  7. Painting Aed’s shield. (almost done!)
  8. Secret project scroll #1
  9. Secret project scroll #2
  10. Secret project for Valor
  11. Creating handouts for Valor’s classes
  12. Creating four Byzantine peerage ceremonies

This is what I have to get done.  Really, the big burning things are the secret projects and the shield, which is so very close to being done (painting counter-ermine, though, is time-consuming).

However, I am very excited to do some deep dives into the cultural aspects of my persona.  Even though De Ceremoniis is 10th century and my persona is 6th, there’s a lot to build off of, especially since a few of the ceremonies in De Ceremoniis do date from the 5th c.

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Upcoming Classes

I’m tinkering with classes for an upcoming event.  If you’re going to be in Calontir over Memorial Day weekend, I’d love to see you at Valor!

I’ll be hosting a scriptorium (just a time for scribes to hang out and paint) on Sunday, with a class on regalia, court protocol, and writing award recommendations, and another on Roman/Byzantine jewellery – which I last taught in 2011 and needs to be dusted off and tweaked quite a bit because I’ve learned a lot of neat things – and I’ve got more books.

It also gives me a bit of time to build a class that’s engaging and fun.

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