Here is a copy of my Florilegium article for July.
There has been one small addition to the information about the Florilegium Tile Project in this article which went out to the local newsletter editors on my list, earlier this month. We have come to realize that doing some art forms on an 8 inch tile can be a major undertaking. In order to allow folks to do some art forms they might not otherwise do, we are also now allowing tiles to be produced in a 4 inch by 4 inch size. These will then easily nest in among the eight inch tiles for the display.
I encourage anyone, but especially Nobles and Peers to present largess to the artists whose work they most admire at the Florilegium Tile displays at Pennsic and Known World Arts and Sciences Collegium.
Please help me spread word about this project across the Known World by downloading either one of the articles or the flyer from the website, printing it out and distributing it at your local SCA events.
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. Because I am still trying to recover from this and because my time has been taken up by other things such as organizing the Florilegium Tile Project at Lilies War, I'm afraid that there are no 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.
Since I don't have any new files to announce this month, here are a few summertime related files that might be of interest:
fans-msg - Use of folding fans in period.
jalabs-msg - Drinks with a sugar or honey-syrup base such as Sekanjabin (Persian Mint Drink).
cl-Mid-East-msg - Clothing of the Middle East. Persia.
Arabs-msg - Arab culture and dress.
hot-weth-fsts-msg - Ideas and menus for hot weather feasts.
Camp-Cooking-art - "Camp Cooking" by Lady Caointiarn.
M-Camp-Cookng-art - "More Camp Cooking" by Lady Caointiarn.
Some simple one-pot meals.
cook-ovr-fire-msg - Cooking over open fires. Outdoor feasts.
raw-fruit-vg-msg - Evidence that raw fruits and vegetables were eaten in period.
waterbearing-msg - Water and beverage distribution at events.
Florilegium Tile Project
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 have or 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 or a 4 x 4 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: 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
Look for pictures of the tiles that were entered at Lilies War to be on the website by the time you read this.
Folks, especially Nobles, are encouraged to give largesse to the entries which impress them the most.
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