Stefan Announces Florilegium Updates and Tile Project

The latest updates to THLord Stefan li Rous's Florilegium are now available. He would also like to remind everyone about the Tile Project. Greetings to the Known World,

Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for June.

Unfortunately, I am still trying to recover from my disk crash in early April. Among the things still to be put back together are the programs I wrote to convert text files to HTML files with the format used in the Florilegium. Thus there are very few new files this month.

I have also included some information on the Florilegium Tile Project. The display events for this project are widely scattered across the Known World. As well, this project is meant to be open to those that will not be able to attend these events but wish to send a tile to participate in their place. Thus, I am trying to get word out to all corners of the Known World to reach all the folks who might be interested.

I would appreciate any help that any newsletter editors would like to provide in helping me get word out about this project. There are also some additional articles on the Tile Project webpage.

Please feel free to pass this on to any newsgroup or mail list where the folks might be interested, but please check to make sure it hasn't already been posted there.

I am in need of a kingdom representative for this project to help coordinate things on a local level as well as folks to help at the three display events. I plan to take digital photos of each tile at the two events I will be attending, Lilies War and Pennsic and we will be displaying these on the website for folks who can't get to the events to see. I would appreciate additional photographers as well as someone to take pictures at the event I won't be attending, the Known World A&S Collegium in September.

Anyone interested in this project is encouraged to join the Florilegium Tile mail list, whose address is given in the article below.



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 early April my harddisk decided to distroy itself. Unfortunately, I had not been making regular backups. While all of the material already on the website was unaffected, I have lost much of the material that I had been saving to place in the Florilegium. Because of this, and because I am still trying to put my computer system and its data back together, I'm afraid that there are only a few new files this month. Hopefully this will change soon.

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.

THLord Stefan li Rous

The new files for this month are:

In the CLOTHING section:
Wearing period clothing. Moving in it.

In the PERSONAL CARE section:
Various period dental hygiene and mouthwash products by Jadwiga Zajaczkowa.

Looking for a fun summer time project? Want to try a new art form, but haven't gotten the courage to plunge into it? Want to show off a period art to those around you but don't like the usual SCA A&S competitions?

Well, consider entering an item in the Florilegium Tile Project. This is a Known World wide project and will be held at three of the major SCA events this summer. These are Lilies War in June, Pennsic in August and the Known World A&S Collegium in September. And you don't have to be present to enter, if you can find someone else to bring your tile to the event.

The basic premise is to make an 8 x 8 inch tile 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. At each of the display events we will be arranging these tiles into a large gridded pattern. At the event you will be able to get a listing showing which tile was at which location so you can identify the tiles in your photographs later.

More details can be found on the website: We even have a maillist for those who would like to discuss tile ideas, resources or ask questions.

Folks, especially Nobles, are encouraged to give largesse to the entries which impress them the most. --- Copyright 2003, Mark S. Harris.
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