Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for April, detailing what is new in the Florilegium this month.
I would also like to remind folks of the Florilegium "Tiles of Many Media Contest" that will be held at the upcoming Lilies War and Pennsic War. "Huh, you say? I've never heard of this before.". No, probably not, for it is only a little over a month old. What is it? Well, from the website, "The purpose of this display is to show in a uniform way the great number of different media/artforms that are done in the SCA, as well as to encourage folks to try media which they have not worked in before."
In other words, create a tile using an artform done in the SCA period of study, whether that artform was used for creating tiles in the Middle Ages or not. Bring it to one of these two events or send it with someone, and we will organize these tiles into a large display showing what folks in the SCA can do. To encourage folks to try new artforms, anyone may enter multiple tiles, but only one tile per artform.
How about a tile with your device on it made of sugarpaste? Or one carved into wood? Or done in tooled leather? Or blown into glass? Or if you tend to break ceramics, a tile mosaic? Are you better working with embroidery or calligraphy? Thin media can be backed with another material to create a stiff tile of the appropriate size. How about copperworking or other metalwork?
While this project is meant to show the arts done in the SCA, it is not meant to be confining or stuffy. While documentation would be nice to have on the various artforms, it is not a requirement. So, think of various period artforms and how you might be able to adapt them, and have a fun time with this!
More details can be found on the Florilegium or at this site: http://www.mindspring.com/~tripper/serena/TileProject/
Just as this display is meant to show what SCA folks from across the Known World can do in the Arts, I also welcome volunteers from across the Known World to help out with this project either at these events or beforehand.
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 aticles 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.
The Florilegium is on the web at: http://www.florilegium.org
A copy of my complete filelist is available in most sections of the wbsite. This filelist or any of my files is also available from me by email in either Word or text formats.
If you find a bad link or other problem with the Florilegium website, please let me know. Once I know about a problem I can usually fix it that day but if no one alerts me to a problem it may be months before I notice it myself.
I am always interested in new articles. 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.
The new files for this month are:
* In the ANIMALS section: B-H-Cheviot-art "The Brecknock Hill Cheviot - A Shepherds Investigation" by Blacksheep.
* In the CULTURES section: Gypsy-tmeline-art "Timeline of the Roma" by Sayidda Rakli Zada Orlenda.
Landsknechts-bib A bibliography on German mercenary soldiers by Master Magnus Malleus.
* In the FOOD section: rotten-food-msg The myth that they used spices to cover the taste of rotten meat in the Middle Ages.
* In the FOOD-VEGETABLE section: 23-Ger-Mushrm-art "Twenty-three German Mushroom Recipes" by Anahita.
* In the NEWCOMERS section: Othr-Newcomrs-art "The 'Other' Newcomers" by Lady Wilhelmina Catharin de Rochelle. For SCA folks moving from one group to another.
* In the CRAFTS section: Blacksmithing-bib "Medieval Blacksmithing Bibliography" b Master Tamlene ap Guidgen, O.L.
* In the INFO-SOURCES section: p-ebooks-msg Period manuscripts online.
* In the PLANTS, HERBS AND SPICES section: herb-mixes-msg Period herb mixes.
* baklava-msg Period baklava-like layered pastries.
* fd-Byzantine-msg Food of medieval Byzantine. References.
* grains-msg Medieval grains. Recipes. Cooking.
* horse-recipes-msg Period horse recipes. References.
* ice-chests-msg Using ice chests at SCA events. Disguises.
Copyright 2003, Mark S. Harris.
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