Thursday, September 16, 2010

Art, contrast and anachronism for sure!

Gather Ye Olde Suburban Knights
September 15, 2010

That is from an NPR blog article by Claire o'Neill, interviewing E. F. Kitchen, the photographer and author of Suburban Knights.

The web page and the project are fascinating. Click on the other shields at those links for other details, images and information. the book isn't ordered directly from the author, but sources are listed in North America, Germany and the UK.

My favorite detail is the 19th century technology for photographing 21st century medieval knights. It reminds me of the images of the Eglinton Tournament of 1839. Photography was starting to happen, but not of such things as that yet.

Thanks to Christine Sanders for send me the initial link!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Chronicle of Aten Coronation, Outlands Investiture 1977

A few days ago I scanned a couple of photos of when I got my Award of Arms on December 17, 1977 (A.S. XII).

This morning in an entirely unrelated situation, someone asked me to check whether Einrich Armpittsbane was knighted by Ton or Koris. "Probably Koris," I said, but said I would check. I called Gunwaldt. "Probably Koris," he said. I said I would check.

From the January issue of Southwind, which was published in Caerthe in those days, and please note that Meridies was still part of Atenveldt. Atenveldt was the fourth of four kingdoms. Meridies was soon to become the fifth. I left that part of the page to place it more clearly on the timeline.

Here's my during and after award of arms photos. "Lady AElflaed" sounds much prettier than any title I've ever had.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Stag and Chalice

Awarded to Gunwaldt in March 13, 2010 by Bela and Anna.

The scroll was made by Rosslin Katrin Von Hohenzollern. The notes from the back are here:

The passing of Leif Ivarson

Being old, my memories of Leif Ivarson are most vivid from when he was a young man, not yet a squire, not a knight. I knew him through those stages. I knew him as he served as king, and grew older, but he moved and I took refuge within walls.

On Tuesday, July 13, he died in an accident at work. One memorial page is here, and if anyone who reads this knows of others, please leave a note below.

This photo was taken just over a week before his death, at Battlemore, by Gabrielle Angel Dee Lilly:

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Trivia or history or biography?

I was invited to do a list of things about me on facebook today, and when I went to see whether I had already done it, I found this. It's probably more likely to be of interest to people who come by here than on facebook.

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- Been an officer? (Local, Regional, Kingdom, Society?) – All those levels, shire, barony, principality, kingdom and Society
- Do you have an SCA name? – AElflaed of Duckford
- Do you have an SCA persona? – Saxon, father's a stonemason and wood carver... some stuff like that.
- Changed persona because of different garb? – There used to be "Come as you aren't" revels...
- Been adopted by a person, household or clan? – Founded households and adopted others, I suppose.
- Had a name and/or device accepted by the SCA College of Arms? – Yes
- Had a name and/or device rejected by the SCA College of Arms? – No.
- Been taken or taken as an apprentice, protege or squire? – It wasn't the thing in those days.
- Have rank higher than an Award of Arms? – yes

- Been an Event Steward/Autocrat? – Yes.
- Kingdom level or local level? – shire, baronial, principality, kingdom
- Cooked an Event? – Dishes for a feast but not whole feast; smaller period meals for formal camping and household, sure.
- Taught a class at an event? - yes
- Run an activity at an event? - yes

- Ever fought at an event? - nope

- Have you ever entered an A&S contest? -Yes
- Have you ever won an A&S contest? - Yes (categories and bardics, but not championships)
- Ever run an A&S contest? - Bardics, speed calligraphy, never a whole event
- Ever judge/critique items in an A&S contest? - Yes
- Ever Wordsmithed a scroll? - Often
- Illuminated a scroll? – Yes
- Done the Calligraphy for a scroll? – Yes
- Made your own paper? - No.
- Made a book? - Yes
- Make someone's order medallion? - No.
- Write someone in for an award? – Yes
- Have you ever sewn your own garb? - Yes.
- Sewn Garb for others? - Yes.
- Ever been sewing on the way to an event? - Yes
- Ever finished an outfit before an event? - Yes
- Researched and completed an outfit from said research? – I guess a "have you ever researched an outfit?" question is missing. Yes. And made one. Yes.
- Ever taught a class on sewing? - T-tunics and faced facings
- Finished a hat? – yes
- Do you know how to spin? – Have tried for learning purposes but not produced.
- Ever woven your own fabric? - No.
- Do you know how to knit? - No.
- Do you know how to do njalbinding or fingerloop braiding? – No.
- Have you ever dyed your own yarn or fabric? - Yes
- Embroidered a garment? - Yes
- Beaded a garment? – No.
- Ever entertained at a feast? - Yes
- Ever ran a bardic circle? - Yes
- Ever performed in a bardic circle? - Yes.
- Had songs requested from you at such? - Yes
- Ever competed in a formal bardic? - Yes
- Know any period songs? - Yes
- Been banned from a bardic circle for a song/performance, or have a piece you perform banned/controlled? – No.

- Ran a court as Royalty (King/Queen or Baron/Baroness)? – Yes
- Ran a court as Herald? - No.
- Heralded at Court? - No.
- Been an Attendant, Guard or Champion at court? - Yes (in coronations)
- Been called to court to receive an award, if so which one/s?- Yes">0 comments

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Duchess Carol of Bellatrix has passed away

Today have I learned of the passing of a gentle lady, Duchess Carol of Bellatrix.

More details are available here:

If any have other details, photos, comments or links for this or any other of those souls who are remembered there, or details of those who are not but should be, please write to me at AElflaed at Sandra, or leave a note below and I will contact you.