Monday, August 29, 2011

Heraldry

Geneviève and I attended a Heraldry workshop on Sunday.   Heralds help folk to come up with documentation for their personas' names and to design their devices which look to most people to be a coat-of-arms.  There is quite the list of rules to follow concerning heraldry, so we  are lucky to have experienced members to guide us through the process.   Thanks to help from our shire's herald  Rohese,  our names have been turned in for registration so Geneviève  and I each worked to design our own "device" which will be used as identification.    Geneviève likened it to making our own logo and was able to sketch out some ideas pretty quickly.   
The heralds recommended a good website. It is called the Pennsic Traceable Art Project and it is a nice place to begin for those who don't draw so well or who want to look for ideas for designs. Aritê offered to draw up a tree for me and I think I will take her up on it, as I have a particular look in mind. I am still struggling with some design elements. I really don't want to be trite by using Celtic knots on my device. On the other hand, there is a triquetra in the traceable art pages and it would match my tattoo, so I am torn. My original idea is to do crescents across the top but I am not certain now. Having more than one "moon" on the top makes me want to do the phases and that is not so much done. I feel like spirals similar to those at Newgrange would be more period for my persona, because Celtic knots came in a much later period.  I will figure it all out and then scan a copy of my final item before I submit it.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Archery Practice

Morcant would like to get together with some other archers, so we are going to set up a time to practice, now that the weather seems to be cooling down, a bit. We will meet some Sunday's at the Johnson County Archers Range out at Mc Bride.

We plan on getting out there around 11:00 a.m. and having a picnic lunch, while we practice. Those of us who aren't practicing, will take projects to work on. It is a beautiful wildlife area. Feel free to join us!


Monday, June 6, 2011

Monthly Meeting of the Shire

Geneviève had fun learning how to make
 chain mail  at the meeting tonight.  
Tonight was the monthly meeting of our shire, Shadowdale.    I had our name documentations mostly in order, and so I was able to come home and fill out our name submission forms.   So pending approval, we are Ségnat ingen Fháeláin,  Morcant Hir and our 16 year-old daughter, Darian,  is Geneviève  d’Angers.   We aren't quite sure how we will explain why the 15th Century French lady is hanging out with us but she takes French at school and was interested in pursuing a French persona.


While, I watched Geneviève working on the chain mail at the meeting tonight, I realized that I am really going to have to figure out a way to connect her to workshops.  We are kind of winging it as far as learning  how to do things.  She is very much interested in the hands on aspect of the SCA.  


 I did find  that a neighboring shire, Deodar,  hosts a farble most Tuesday evenings and I heard rumors of  a Sunday archery practice which will make Morcant happy.    Hopefully, we will be able to ways to become involved locally; rather than having to travel all the time.   That isn't always practical for a family. 


It seems like most of Calontir is off to Lilies this coming week, but I didn't feel as though we were ready for an event of that nature.   I am thinking we might start with the Raid  or Trade in Des Moines, this July.  We are familiar with that site because our dance troup has performed at the Renaissance Faire held at the site in September. 


Thursday, June 2, 2011

Getting Started

When I was in my late teens, I hung out with some SCA-ers and thought it seemed like a fun thing to do but for various reasons I never got into it.  I turned 40 this year and I decided that it was the year to  start doing some things I have always wanted to do.  It wasn't really surprising to me that most of my family was into the idea.   We've been into that sort of thing for most of the kids' lives.

We've always loved Renaissance Faires and all that comes with it.  I think Brower went to his first one before he could walk.  The boys have more wooden weapons than they can carry at one time.    For a few years now my daughter and I have danced with Habeas Corpus Early Music and Dance Troup,  here in Johnson County, Iowa.   We've performed at Renaissance Faires and local community events and met a few local members of the SCA through this avenue.   The concepts of garb and many of the Arts & Sciences are not new to me.   I've been sewing costumes, dancing and making my household items for years now.   We are also avid campers and I have a lot of gear for that; including an okay collection of feast gear purchased as props for the dance group.

My husband is into it, in part, due to the fact that he got a pretty new recurve bow out of the deal and will get to go to archery tournaments and the like.   He also likes the dancing although he is not as into the costumery as the rest of us are.  All of this has me hoping that we will fit right in, and the adjustment won't be too much.

My daughter and I went to a business meeting of our local shire Shadowdale and everyone was very welcoming and helpful.   We also saw a couple of familiar faces which was reassuring.

I feel like there is so much to learn though and it is really pretty overwhelming.  I started this blog  to sort this all out and keep all my research in one place, because I saw one of the other member's of our shire do it and it seemed very useful.    I've put our "household history" up for people to look at and give us suggestions.  I am waiting to join officially until we have this all ironed out and I think we are ready to actually be able to go to an event.