This originated as part of building a basic persona guide, written for the Midrealm Pursuivant's Handbook (located here). Within that guide, I discussed the basic history of the Eastern Empire, as well as basic points of clothing, weaponry, literary references, political groups, religious information, as well as people within the Empire of note. This guide … Continue reading Breaking Byzantine: building a Byzantine persona for the SCA
Seriously. This is pretty close to what we had. I live just north of the green circle. Calontir Coronation was this weekend, and as is often the risk with midwestern kingdoms in January, we had the prediction of some pretty heinous weather. So not kidding - we had a winter storm warning issued that morning … Continue reading Making Choices; or why Konstantia wore one outfit over another
As an early-period Byzantine within the Society, I have come to grips that my arms and badges as registered with the College of Arms are perhaps not the most period for my persona, and so, this concept of trying to find a way of marking things that were mine or even blinging out things further … Continue reading Byzantine Monograms: a heraldic practice
This morning, as I was getting ready to go to an event, I had an epiphany on headgear. To be fair, I had been stressing over proper headgear and if all else failed, I was just going to stick a couple veils on my head and just be done with it. Until, well, I put … Continue reading Headgear!
Queen's Prize this year is done! It was a wonderful experience, and being able to sound out new ideas, areas to explore, and things to do was great. For those not in Calontir (or with kingdoms that don't have a similar competition), Queen's Prize Tournament is a time for Calontir artists that do not already … Continue reading Queen’s Prize 2016
After I completed Project Flammen, I realised that I was having some issues - one, I couldn't blouse the chiton without showing my ankles (a problem, especially given the overall modesty of the Vestals), and two, it just seemed far too wide. So, I had to make a bit of a calculated risk. Do I … Continue reading Skipping the Light Fandango, redux
Finally, I have photos of my Vestal Virgin outfit! (Thanks, Cecilia!) When I put this together, it was for a Roman-themed Coronation. And I wanted to go as period as I could, with as many period materials as I could, with as many period techniques as I could manage. I'll outline what I did for … Continue reading Skipping the Light Fandango; or Project Flammen
That being said, I still needed to make parts for my hair: a pin to keep my suffibulum (that's the semi-circular veil thing), and a hairpin to keep my hair in place (because I also attempted the seni crines hairstyle, and that requires the use of an acus; a Roman hairpin), too.
I am back from Birka! It was a wonderful event, and it was lovely being able to spend it with good friends. I got to meet my apprentice-sister Iulia (that's us all gussied up on the right), geek a bit about beads and paternosters, and have a lot of fun. I also received my awesome … Continue reading Back from Birka!
I'm starting a series of blog posts about common misconceptions in the SCA about Byzantium. Think of this as Byzantine history as applies to the lens that is the SCA. I've listed the misconception first, and the explanation second. 1) Anything Byzantine automatically equals Middle Eastern. In all actuality, the Byzantine Empire was much closer … Continue reading Misconceptions and the SCA 101: Byzantines