A Blending of the Past and Present
Over the past thirteen years in an ongoing effort, I have been collecting bits of useful information from various newsgroups, mail lists and articles submitted to me by their authors. In order to make this information available to others, I have placed this information in a series of files I call Stefan's Florilegium.
In April I had my harddisk distroy itself. Things are almost back to normal, however the formatting of the new and updated files is still a bit rough. Please bear with me while I get the specialized reformatting programs required for a cleaner output rewritten.
If you have sent me an article for the Florilegium and have not seen it appear on the website, could you please send a copy to me again, for alas, I may have now lost it.
I am always interested in new articles. Especially now. :-) If you have written an article that would be of interest to others in the SCA, please send it to me for possible inclusion in the Florilegium. Contact me for more details.
Here are the new files for this month:
3-F-Toast-Rec-art - "Period French Toast Recipes" by Lady Hauviette d'Anjou.
Pennsic-101-art - An article for those new to Pennsic by Culaan.
Northshld-hist-msg - Histories of the Kingdom of Northshield.
And two of the updated files include:
rattan-msg - Working with rattan. Rattan sources.
strawberries-msg - Period strawberries. Recipes.
For several months now you have heard me talk about the Florilegium Tile Project. In June, we held our first display event at Lilies War. In August, we held a display at the Pennsic War and in September we will be holding a display at the Known World A&S Collegium in Atenveldt.
At Lilies we only had a single entry, but it was a very nice embroidered tile. At Pennsic, we had seven tiles created and entered using a variety of period arts. You can find pictures of these entries on the Florilegium Tile Project website in the near future.
The basic premise is to make an 4 x 4 inch or a multiple of that tile size using any art form done during the SCA period, whether it was used then for tiles or not. Perhaps a carved wood or ivory tile or a parchment tile of calligraphy or a tile of marzipan or metal tile. You could even make one of ceramic. No, no solid chocolate tiles. It has to be a material known in period.
The design on the tile is up to the artist. Perhaps the members of an SCA group could create a number of tiles, perhaps in different media, each with the household or group badge on them.
You can find more details about this unusual arts display on the Florilegium Tile Project website: http://www.mindspring.com/~tripper/serena/TileProject/ We even have a maillist for those who would like to discuss tile ideas, resources or ask questions. FlorilegiumTilesemail@example.com
Many folks have expressed an interest in seeing this project continue. If, like a number of others, you have yet to find time to create a tile please consider doing so and entering it at a future display. I would like to see others organize local or kingdom tile displays. Perhaps the tiles from these displays could then be gathered and transported to Pennsic for a larger display next year. Remember, you don't have to attend the display event to enter a tile.
Copyright 2003, Mark S. Harris.
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THLord Stefan li Rous
Barony of Bryn Gwlad
Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris