Sep 062017
 

So the Autocrat’s second (Monickza) asked me to consider teaching a class at Heralds and Scribes in October….

I hadn’t really thought about it (because well, heralds and scribes is bound to have a bunch of classes I’ll want to attend!!)but I figured why not? It’s a local event (held by my shire and I like to support it however I can.

With that in mind, I have taught Gouache 101 twice now, and I would like to teach something else for a change. Which brings me to think about what skills I have that I could possibly share with folks in a classroom setting–that I would feel comfortable with doing.

I thought about it a bit, bounced it off some of my fellow scribes and even though I’m not a superduper, virtual master whitework artist (not yet anyway. Someday though, maybe), I think I know enough and feel comfortable enough to do a whitework-for-beginners class.

Of course, I don’t have any materials /research for it, but I’ve started looking online as well as in my small scribal library (of real, tangible books!) 🙂
I’m thinking to do a handout like I did for the Gouache for beginners class (that way there’s a take home reference handout/ and some practical application. And practice pieces for students. I always like that kind of thing when I am taking a how-to class. I think doing something while learning about it helps it to stick in the brain better. (That’s my thought on it anyway. I am not a psychiatrist, neuroscientist or anyone else who would be authorized to make that claim as a fact rather than my opinion) 😉

So Now I’m thinking about formatting, amount of time needed and what I want to focus on. I think it’ll be fun once I figure out a plan.

Sep 032017
 

This past weekend Jasper and I managed to go to the event. I have to say that for me, it turned out to be the nicest Wildwood event that I have gone to in the past few years. Everyone seemed extra friendly, I got to talk with scribes from all over and of course, I got Jasper to another event (which every event I can get him to makes me happy).

We both got some books from one of the merchants. I got an embroidery book (I was looking for but couldn’t ever find at a decent price for a non-sca project). A book on miniature portraits from the Met’s collection and a very nice book on medieval jewelry. Jasper also bought me a handthrown ceramic cup with some interesting browns and tans on it that made me think of tree bark. It is the perfect size for my hand and holds just under 12 fl oz.

I was dizzy / off balance a bit more than normal but I’m going to put that down to the meds and the heat (I thought the weather report was supposed to be in the low 60’s so I wore my blue wool cotehardie and the teal wool one over it. I was a dork –I spent probably 2/3 or so of the day roasting before I figured d’uh-that I could take off my blue cotehardie and just wear the teal one with my chemise sleeves showing. Once I did that I felt a lot better.

Both courts were interesting to watch (and trying to answer Jasper’s questions about awards that I didn’t know about went on through the day. I loved the fact that he retained for his Majesty, and got to get out there and interact with folks on his own instead of with me there as a buffer. He’s shy and I’m so proud of him for how he handled saturday!

Anyway, it was all good, and it was great to see one of my scrolls handed out at the evening court! Amalie (peri) got a Millrind and I did my best to personalize it for her. I am not the best at drawing or painting animals, but I wanted her little dog o there, and the thrown weapons target, and of course, a windmill to symbolize her being part of the Barony of Delftwood.

It was a great day all around although both Jasper and I basically flopped down and went to sleep after that. ZZzzzzzz

Spring AEthelmearc AEcademy and War College

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Jun 182017
 

Despite my best efforts I didn’t manage to make enough tokens for the event. It’s my own fault for being so tired and not spending enough pre-prep time working on them. That said, the people who did get one seemed to like them well enough (they were small blue leather bound books with inspirational sayings inside them). Give me some time and I’ll do a post about them, I probably should since I never keep track of the tokens I’ve done and would hate to repeat make a token idea, you know?

Anyway,Yep, I survived AEcademy and my second stint of teaching.

It was a busy event with lots going on (and I was so happy to see many friends present). I was down to teach two classes — the Gouache 101 class and the Cloth Button making class.

I don’t feel like I did as well this time with the 101 class. I got some good critiquing from the students (mainly about my handout) and in general this group of students all seemed a lot more familiar with gouache than the first group I’d taught. I need to try to think of some other things I can add in to discuss if that happens again. I want people to come out of the class feeling like they’ve really taken away something with them.

The button making class was a qualified success. I’d made some little kits with some pre cut squares of fabric, some needles, a bit of beeswax to use on the thread and of course forgot my handout at home. Well, not that anyone really needs a hand out to do it. It’s super simple. Some of the students were surprised at how well the buttons stuffed themselves, and how different in size they could be depending on the fabric used (I put 3 or 4 different kinds of fabric squares in each baggie).

The class was scheduled for an hour but I’d gone over it all in a little less than 15 minutes. Talk about me feeling awkward. Yep. That’s me. I tried to answer any questions and then basically told everyone that was it–it really was as simple as 1,2,3 to make the buttons.

I had a leather class that I’d been looking forward to the whole time since it had been put on the class list–I got in it, and about 10 minutes in I had a migraine start coming on. I excused myself and went to find a quiet place. I’d taken all the meds for it that I dared and I was really just flat. Everyone else were good sports about me not being able to help with teardown and clean up, and that I went home. It was a rough day for me, physically and emotionally as I had hoped so much that Jasper would be home by then and make it to the event with me. He didn’t and yes my heart broke a little because of that. Dorky I know. But he’s been gone for 5 months and it’s very hard on me. I miss him. Even if I don’t blog much about that side of things (that’s what FB is for, right?)I can’t wait for him to get home.

 

I got a Scribal Assignment :D

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May 192017
 

I’ve got a scroll to do so that it can be delivered in time for War Practice (5/20).  Antoinette suggested that I could try my hand at the bibbia Borso d’Este (bible). I had been wanting to try that (but hadn’t had a reason to until then) as she had a recipient who would be perfect for the time and location of the illumination.

So I’m working on it. It’s a bit of a pain in the ass because it just is.

My first lay out I decided to do on a large piece of Perg that I had been gifted. That ran into some problems (predominantly that I used the wrong pencil on it (I used an HB and I needed to use an 6 or 8H to avoid smearage. So it smeared. And then, well, the cat water fountain  went a bit wonky and the whole thing got splashed.

I gave up on that one and tried laying it out on some other paper that I had. The layout ended up being slightly out of square and unbalanced so that one got trashed as well. Suffice to say I did 3 more layout before I got one that met my requirements.

There was a problem though. I needed to use the Rotunda hand to do the calligraphy for it. I haven’t written Rotunda before and I was having a hard time learning it (my hands kept going back to Batarde movements and letters! D’oh!).

I did get the calligraphy done and then I began fleshing out the rough sketches I’d done on it. I was having a hard time because both of my wrists were killing me. (one was healing fractures and the other was still sprained). So I had to stop frequently to shake and massage them.

It was getting uncomfortably close to the deadline when I finished it. I was very lucky that one of the Shire members was going to War Practice and could see that it got dropped off to their majesties / herald in charge etc.

So let’s hope that the recipient will like it (and will be there at court to get it!!)

 

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