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History buff and medieval re-enactor Michael St Omer of Hadlow, England is devastated by the recent theft of swords, archery gear and other equipment from his parents' garage. "I can replace the weapons but they were the first ones I ever had and they meant a lot to me," he said.
The following article was written by Her Majesty Avelina as part of the Gazette’s ongoing “How to…” series.
One question that people often have is how to help the Royalty. How do become a retainer? What do I need to do?
A great place to start is to check www.eastkingdom.org and see if Their Majesties or Their Highnesses have a website. It has become almost standard practice in the East that each set of Royalty has a website about themselves and their needs and wishes. If they have a staff page, look for contact information for a Chief of Staff or a Head Retainer. Those are two great people to start with. When you contact them, include your name, contact information and the type of service you would like to offer. The person managing retainers will often have some type of electronic media group that they will add you to to help coordinate staff. This could be a Yahoogroup or a Facebook group, or maybe even a mailing list.
What to do before an event as Retainer
What to do as a Retainer
Your duties as retainer will vary depending on the type of event, but, in general, it is a whole lot of following the Royalty and being quiet and unobtrusive. Be available if the Royalty need their drink, but if it appears that they are having a private conversation, be respectful and give them space. As a retainer, you also need to help keep the Royalty on time, so do be aware of any meetings or appointments that they may have. From time to time, the Royalty may ask you to make a note of something – a gift, contact information or a reminder to do something when they get home. That should go in the notebook in the retainer bag or basket.
When Retainers are most needed
Each Royalty will have different needs and come from different sized personal households. When the Royalty are attending an event that is local to them or their household, they may find themselves with plenty of retainers. The Royalty will have more need of retainers the further they travel from their home base, so, don’t be afraid to offer to retain if you live in one of those areas.
Filed under: Court Tagged: royalty
Mistress Cassandra Antonelli reports that Their Majesties Hrodir and Anne of the Kingdom of Northshield have offered elevation to the Order of the Pelican to Toki Magnusson and Teffan Koerwent.
Looking for the perfect gift for an SCA loved one? Kathryn encourages SCAdians and re-enactors alike to "Give the gift of Estrella!"
Esy-Chees-Mkg-art (10K) 11/30/13 "Easy Cheese Making - Acid-Coagulated Soft Cheeses in Your Own Kitchen" by Lady Wenyeva atte grene.
verjuice-msg (164K) 11/24/13 Medieval verjuice. Modern substitutions.
pot-lck-ideas-msg (25K) 11/24/13 Menu ideas for pot luck feasts and revels.
9-Worthies-art (19K) 11/19/13 "The Nine Worthies" by Kurios Halfdan "Two Bears" Ôzurrson.
Archaeologists are puzzled by the revelation that the occupant of a lead coffin found yards from the grave of Richard III in Leicester, England might be a woman. The grave was believed to have been that of Sir William de Moton.
Have you heard of Shakespeare's Mucedorus? Neither have most people, since the late 16th century play has been attributed to someone else. But now, thanks to linguistic "fingerprinting," Shakespeare's involvement in the writing of the play may have been proven.
Restoration work at 13th century St Mary's Priory in the coastal village of Beeston Regis, England has been completed at a cost just over UK£13,000. Repairs included restoration of 19th century gates and a vandalized roof. (photo)
A 53 minute YouTube video features SCA member Keith Roberts (HL Cathus the Curious) teaching a class on candle-making to members of the group in Rolla, Missouri (Kingdom of Calontir).
The discovery of a lime kiln near the Viking royal hall at Tissø has led archaeologists to believe that high status Nords whitewashed their walls. The 9th century kiln is Denmark’s oldest known lime burning oven. (photo)
This article was written by Lady Isabel Chamberlaine and is on her blog. The Gazette thanks her for letting us reprint it here as part of our “how to” series.
Does this sound like you…
“Mostly I don’t know where to start. I like to look at all of the pretty scrolls but I don’t know what basic supplies to get to start trying.”
It certainly sounded like me when I first started, and even though I have an art background I had no clue how to get started or what supplies I needed. I spoke with a few people, found a few online scribal communities, joined some email lists, and asked a few questions. There was however a lot of trial and error and although I’ve gained confidence and skill I still remember those first tentative steps, so here are my recommendations for beginners on the types of tools and materials to equip themselves with.
To start, buy the tools and materials that YOUR budget will allow. Also, remember that materials (and by extension your art) end up being very personal, so what one artist loves another one dislikes. These recommendations are just MY opinion, try different tools and materials as your time and budget permit – if you love them, great. If not, then try something else until you find something you do like.
Strathmore 300 Series Bristol Board – In reality it’s just thick, multi-medium paper and comes in a smooth or textured finish. The smoother finishes are much nicer for calligraphy. It can usually be found in local arts and crafts stores, various online stores also carry it. Look for “acid-free” paper to prevent degradation over time. I have both a 9 x 12 and an 11 x 14 pad, one in the “smooth” finish and the other in the “vellum” finish. Both have successfully been used to complete scribal assignments.
Artists Goauche – I am a fan of the Windsor & Newton goauche (“artist” or “designer”, rather than “student” grade). However there are other brands, for example I hate the W&N gold but I LOVE the Holbein brand counterpart (Pearl Gold – G641). I will say that if you’re going to splurge on anything, gouache should be that thing and as a very general rule, the more expensive the tube the higher the pigment concentration. You can usually buy basic colour sets, or you can buy individual tubes of the colours you need. Try to stick to one manufacturer as much as possible so that the ingredients don’t “fight” over time. When I first started, I just bought individual tubes as I needed them and initially found the following W&N colours to be the most useful – “Ultramarine”, “Brilliant Yellow”, “Cadmium Red”, “Permanent White” and “Jet Black”
Personally I find the “student grade” paints chalky so they end up looking pale or weird on the page. This is a personal gripe I have from my college days though, others may disagree with me.
Pens for Calligraphy – You can usually buy basic calligraphy nibs and holders in sets at the art store. Speedball brand is probably what you will find and they do the job just fine. Each set will have a variety of nib sizes to create different size letters, but make sure at least one of the nibs comes to a fine-point so that you can use it for drawing the lines for your art work.
Ink for Calligraphy – Art stores will usually carry a large selection of inks in various colours. Sometimes, you’ll get lucky and find “Iron Gall Ink” or “Oak Gall Ink”. If your store carries either of these then buy it and take pride in the fact that you have your first (depending on the recipe and production) period artist material. Iron Gall Ink is my default and I very rarely use anything else because I love the way it flows from my nibs.
Now, I haven’t personally seen Iron / Oak Gall Ink sold in any of the stores I’ve been in (I buy it online), therefore my other beginner recommendation for dip-pens is Sumi black ink. It comes in a bright green, heavy plastic bottle with a black cap and the ink itself has a nice viscosity to it. A word of warning though, it is very corrosive on your nibs if you don’t clean them properly. It’s very black, and works really well for line-work. You can also find this ink in red (red bottle, black cap).
Pencil – Used for sketching out your artwork and drawing your calligraphy guidelines. When you’re at the art store you’ll notice that they are graded, “B’s” with a higher number being the softest through “HB” which is the middle and then into “H’s” which are considered hard. You’re looking for a grade that won’t damage the surface you’ll be working on and that can be erased easily.
Personally I opt for a 2H as it works FOR ME, but choose a grade that will work for the type of pressure you’re likely to apply while using it. To hard and it will damage your surface, to soft and you’ll have a tougher time while erasing.
Rubber / Eraser – Many scribes swear by those blocky, hard rubbers you probably used in school, just make sure that it’s white to avoid potentially marking the page. These can be purchased in a variety of places.
I personally find those hard white rubbers a little weird to use and dislike them. I tend to use what is known as a “putty rubber” or “kneadable eraser” as it works better for me. These are usually found near the pencil selection in the art store.
Straight Edge – You’ll need some sort of ruler to mark out your page and draw the lines you’ll need for calligraphy. Rulers can be purchased in a variety of materials, lengths and styles. Personally I recommend that you buy one made out of metal as plastic and wooden rulers have the potential of being sliced by your craft knife, thus ruining the straight edge. If you can find one that has a cork backing even better, as this raises the edge off the page a little and helps avoid bleeding or smudging.
Paint Palette – Cheap, multi-well plastic palettes can be found at arts and crafts stores. However, you could also use a dinner plate, ceramic tiles, mussel (or other crustacean) shells, a glass ashtray or any other number of household items you probably already own.
Other Random Supplies – Although you don’t NEED any of the following supplies they’re useful to have around.
Useful Links – There are numerous online resources for the things I have mentioned in this post, below are a few of the websites I find useful. Remember to check your local arts and crafts stores as many of these items can be found there.
Filed under: Arts and Sciences Tagged: Calligraphy and Illumination
Gisela reports that at Their recent War of the Wings event, Their Majesties Ragnarr and Lynette, of the Kingdom of Atlantia, placed Lady Virag QaraBay on vigil to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.
The SCA Inc. seeks applicants for the position of Vice President for Information Technology, for a three-year term beginning April 12, 2014. This is a part-time volunteer position requiring technical leadership and a commitment of approximately 10-15 hours per week plus availability for emergencies. The position is reports directly to the President and indirectly to the Vice President of Operations and to the Board of Directors by way of an Ombudsman.
The Vice President for Information Technology (VPIT) leads a team of volunteers who maintain and manage the SCA’s Internet servers for web, email, and related infrastructure services. The VPIT team manages the SCA’s Internet domains, SSL certificates, the technical aspects of e-commerce clearinghouse services, and similar aspects of the corporation’s online identity. The VPIT may also lead and direct external paid contractors for specific business critical projects or administrative duties.
This position requires specific project management, interpersonal and technical skills, including the following:
Qualified applicants should have a technical college degree and at least ten years of experience in project management and information technology, or equivalent. Reliable high-speed Internet access, including while traveling, is essential, and ownership of a laptop computer is highly desirable.
The Vice President for Information Technology leads and/or implements strategic projects on a largely self-directed basis or as requested by Society officers or the Board. He or she also will direct a technical team that corrects problems on the SCA servers, sometimes on an emergency basis.
The SCA Information Technology team receives multiple daily reports from the servers, including status of important software systems, e-commerce summaries, and security bulletins. These reports need to be monitored on a daily or near-daily basis.
The time commitment of the VPIT position is approximately ten hours per week normally, but can be considerably larger in the event of problems or major strategic project work. The term of office is normally three years. The job of Vice President for Information Technology is a considerable work commitment, but also a very unique challenge seldom found in the corporate world, with a great deal of latitude for leading technical and strategic creative initiatives.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, together with modern and SCA qualifications, hardcopy to:
Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
Filed under: Corporate
Members of several SCA groups joined musicians and actors for Pamlico Community College's recent Medieval and Renaissance Festival which took place in Grantsboro, North Carolina. Bill Hand of the Sun Journal spoke with several participants about re-enacting. (photo)
The recent restoration of a portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh has revealed a secret: a hidden crescent moon over water, a symbol of the explorer's devotion to Queen Elizabeth I. The portrait is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London until January 5, 2014. (photo)
There has been a renewed interest in medieval history at the University of Ottawa. Cristina Perissinotto, director of the university's medieval studies program, believes some of the interest comes from books like the Harry Potter series and the Game of Thrones. Neco Cockburn of the Ottawa Citizen has the story.
Niáll and Liadan, King and Queen of the Kingdom of Lochac, report that Master Drake and Mistress Acacia have been chosen as the new Baron and Baroness of the Barony of St Florian de la Riviere.