The Society for Creative Anachronism is by large a society based on information transfer, whether it be our own customs and law to how to create medieval items or even learning our method of martial art. Even with this, though, how critical is it exactly that our learning and information transfer happen only at events, … Continue reading Omphaloskepsis: Anachronistic Learning in the Information Age
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
So, it's been another week of a post being shared on That Social Media Site of purported 14th century Byzantine garments as they make the rounds. . . again. They're beautiful, well-crafted, and the photos look like they've been taken from a museum of sorts. The fabric looks right, and there's plenty of bling. So, … Continue reading Experimental Archaeology and Social Media
As modern people playing a medieval game, we sometimes bring references to our modern loves within our time in the Society, whether it be through subtle cosplay or what goes into a particular piece of art that we create for someone else. While we prefer to keep some of those things from encroaching on our … Continue reading Applying a Medieval Aesthetic to Modern Art
When I got the assignment for this particular scroll, I already had an idea for the art. Eynon's persona is a 13th c Welsh archer (which is great for an archery award), but writing the text was going to present some challenges. Part of the reason for the challenge was that I really wanted to … Continue reading Eynon’s Boga Hirth Scroll
This is actually a project from last year (December!) that I've finally got some time to blog about now. I got a scroll assignment from the Royal Scribe for Damien and Issabell and I was immediately inspired to Do Something Cool. Plan 1: do a runestone. I should preface this with I was on furlough … Continue reading Snorri’s Hammer Scroll, or how to pick your battles
. . . shows up in the most interesting ways. About a month and a half ago, I went to a local bead show, and found someone selling netsuke. And found an adorable falcon-shaped one. For those not in the know, netsuke are miniature Japanese sculptures used to help keep pouches and boxes suspended from … Continue reading Sometimes, inspiration . . .
Over the weekend was Queen's Prize Tournament, which is a time for Calontir artists that do not already have a Grant of Arms or above (so, Laurels, Silver Hammers, and Calon Lilies cannot participate as an entrant) to make something and get feedback from judges. I've been making glass-headed pins since I got my Hot … Continue reading Queen’s Prize AS XLIX
Where I talk about Byzantine influence on the modern fashion world.