Friday, April 29, 2016

The questions that need to be answered by you and your write up.

The questions that need to be answered by you and your write up.
1.      What: Is it?
2.      Who: Would have made this and for whom? How do I know this.
3.      Why: Why would it have been made, what use is it? Why am I choosing to make it?
4.      When: What time periods were they made and use it?
5.      How: (methods) Did they make it? How did I make it? What differences are in these two things and why?
6.      Sources: (Bibliography)
A.     Now you do not have to have the questions in this order nor do you need them in that format. What you want to do is just cover the answers to this list of questions question.
You are not required to use MLA or Chicago Formatting (I can’t imagen using APA so I didn’t list it) but here is a trick for using any of those – WORD has it built in. look up how to format with WORD and you will have an easy time of it. In the Academic world MLA is used for Art and English based paper, Chicago style is used for History paper (yes sometimes things cross over) and APA is used for science papers. They each have their merits. I love reading things set up in Chicago because of the foot notes on the page bottom. So I favor this style and I justify this by saying if it already happened it is history (“SO THERE!” Stomps foot)
BUT unless you are summiting a research paper these things are not required!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Make a grid and put question on one side and answer on the other if you need too. Use note cards and put the question you pose on one-side and the answer on the other. Make a power point (bring a way to watch it though (and snacks) there are so many ways to do you information.

Sources- Primary, (actual artifact.) Secondary, (Photos of and drawings of artifact) Academic research papers) Tertiary, (A book in which a person references the artifact and research papers) don’t forget to including people who you consulted who are experts in the field of study or more so then you are. Interaction though emails with sources (say a museum) Classes you took or work shops were you learned these facts. You don’t have to know what each reference is but it will help you understand better how to research what you want to learn about. The further from the source you get the more mistakes can happen. Using a period manual on fencing or dancing or rules for games, is better than using a book that interpreted those rules when it comes to wondering how they did it.

Here is another secret you will be teaching your judges about what you did or are demonstrating. Imagen you cast pewter the judges are three people and they are all casters but one casts bronze, one casts silver, and one casts pewter. You are teaching a mini class on what you did at the same time that pewter caster may be able to teach you some while you are interacting with them.

Rough draft on playing card deck
I have created a deck of playing cards by block printing I carved genuine linoleum with scalpel Based on a French suited deck (exact deck I was inspired by)  that is dated to the (date here) The French deck is the same deck that is used in America today. It has 52 cards and depending on the time period can have an extra card like the joker. The suits are hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds, three face cards the king the queen and the Knave (jack). There is no number written on the cards just the appropriate numbers of pips made in the shape of the suit. The backs of playing cards were mostly blank because printing and art were not so exact that any art would have made the cards marked. (list email with museum curator)
Playing cards existences can be tracked more by the laws around them then surviving cards. There are laws banning them within other temperance laws as well as the taxing on imported cards and exported cards. Ship manifests are another way we can see the common use and trading of playing cards. From the late 1200’s on we start to see playing laws popping up on the books in many countries. It is believed that Playing cards originated around 1000 A.D. in China. They were narrow slips of paper essentially dominoes with dots in their 21 combinations possible with the throw of two dice. Paper was the original material for dominoes wood and ivory came later. Dominoes cards are still know as is another Chinese type, money cards, called that because of the suit signs are coin and variations.  each region of Europe had their own style deck and they varied in the number of cards because of this.
Artisans and book makers would have been the people making playing cards. Artisans that did make playing cards didn’t get a lot of respect for most of the periods however eventually two became well known enough and respected enough to be invited to join the painters Guild (add time date) Books makers with printing presses would make a profit from these disposable commodity. And they could produce sheets of them quickly. 
I created this deck to fit into a middle class Tudor gaming set to play such games as Noddy. I enjoy teaching and playing pass times and have made these as part of my 50th year project of making my gear 50% more period for my persona. I liked the idea that I could make more if any get damaged and so having the ability to print them one or two at a time was important to me. I also wanted to be able to give them as gifts and have them for use on the archery range and throwing range for use as targets for card games with weapons.
4. This deck of cards was created to fit into a middle class Tudor gaming set to play such games as Noddy. Playing cards in Europe can be documents from the mid 1200’s on. And the Royals of the Tudors were known for their love of gambling and cards.
From the few surviving pieces we can see suits and face card. There is only one known complete deck of period playing cards. That is the Flemish Hunting deck, aka Hofjager Hunting Pack, or the Cloisters Pack, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Cloisters Location dated between 1475 to 1480, in the Netherlands. These were made of pressed layered paper and decorated with stenciled and hand drawn designs and overlaid with gold and silver. A recent discovery of Spanish suited cards has been uncovered in a book published in1519. The uncut sheets showing 15 cards shows clothing styles from the 1460’s so they may have sat a long time between being put aside and turned into board for the book. They are related in design to the Oberdeutscher Strecher, engraved in 1490’s and the uncut sheet by master of the Banderoles, ingraved in the thrird quarter of the 15th century. Theres cards maybe typical of early Spanish suited cards, Imitating the French makers made by german engravers who wished to export wares back to Spain. (Book cover of a Catalan manuscript volume of 1519 at “Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya”)
  I used artist card paper precut so they would be perfectly uniformed so no one can accuse me of cheating (yet)  I did this because I don’t trust myself to cut them yet. I used speedball oil-based block printing ink.

6. Bibliography

Arts and Science Fair 2016 A.S. 50

I have done 5 projects Toward the A&S faire that seem very simple but that is the art of them is that they look simple.
1. Dice made of antler
2. a deck of cards made with block printing
3. Tee-Totum, a wooden top
4. Maple box.
5. Taught how to Play Nodde

Though these took time research and planning in general the work wasn't hard. The hard part was the right ups. GOD I HATE THAT PART. my final ones look well polished but they took more hours then all of my project themselves.

In the Beginning..... there is an idea. an Idea of what you want to have, and what you are willing and capable of making. so you take this Idea and go to the A&S Criteria and see if you can fulfill them..
Yes really. It makes your life easier if you do that first. it helps you make decision about what you are going to use to make your items.
when you get the things to the point that you are ready to make your item take lots of photos of the process people love this Judges love this and it is fun to look back and remember how far you took something from.
I got inspired from Master Philippe. His kit for the SCA is the BOMB! but it wasn't always. He told me the story of a challenge put out to make your kit 10% more correct. but he went further with it with the goal of being able to camp in the enchanted camp grounds.
I thought that with the SCA reaching 50 years that it is time that some of us step up our games to be more period.. Yes the amazing part of the SCA is that we allow good enough. But that doesn't mean we should settle for it.
 As such I sett out to do the Pentathlon for the A&S Fair with one thing in mind my Persona. So I came up with a planned theme a Gambling set.  this had many different ideas should it have coins and a coin purse in it. but that would be 7 items total. then I also had to stick with the rules of the A&S faire so five projects with at least 3 different categories for the Pentathlon entry.

But why the faire? Well some of us just work better with dead lines. It is the procrastinators matting call. I really do craft best with a dead line. art shows, holidays birthdays, you name it,

But I am a masochist. I didn't just set the goal of the 5 projects and write ups of I set the
personal goal of new garb (LONG OVER DUE) and a food spread to go with it. I did most of what I set out to by regional but not the clothes they weren't ready. and I only had homemade citrus peals and mazipain. By Kingdom I intend to have the rest.and I still had a great spread which was good because I never left the room during the day except to use the rest room

This also helps my over all goal of at least making my kit 50% more period correct by 50th year.

I research the garb for what I am calling middle Tudor. Husband is going for Grace O'Malley's father's clothes. so this fits us perfectly.I set about making  A TUDOR GAME SET.
and clothes from this time period.
Garb being a linen shift and a linen kirtle, with leather shoes and a coif to round it out.At the time of this writing I am still working on the clothes.

 Now all of this is a lot and not to make things any more fun let me tell you something about my self. I have EDS. (not erectile dysfunction syndrome although I dont get them that is cause I am a female) I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome Type 3.  look it up you will see that it is, an inherited connective tissue disorder, EDS is a chronic pain disease, with patients suffering daily,Many sufferers of EDS have psychological difficulties as a result of frustration with the medical system and the socially inconvenient combination of appearing normal while being in severe pain. 

I am crazy, well I have Adhd and get very mad at my limits and so this is how I Tell them to fuck off now and again. I also have a very forgiving husband who owes me so He is my support agent.

and to add to my life if you go a little further back in my blog you will see I moved my Mother in with me and became her care giver after her stroke. And the Husband is living week days in Chicago while I am near STL for his Job.
Ok I might but Crazy.

But that all being said I have the projects done and the write ups too. I have people who Edit for me because I am a dyslexic and Spell check cries when I use it. some times I use Google to spell and make sure the word is indeed the word I meant. (My mother read to me and had my listen to read along books as a child and I believe I owe my abilities to read to this.)

So My Readers this is were we begin I will post each of the 5 papers for you with the beginnings and all the edits and the finals. I am proud of them even if they aren't perfect they are gems and all gems awesome to me (I love rocks) and in the end I have a gaming set that I love and am proud of so there is not losing or wining because I already won.  and I love gaming so yay me.  and I can make cards to use of the throwing range to play games with weapons even better!. Life is a journey make yours a scenic route!

Friday, April 1, 2016

Arts and Science fair.

Hello there, I have been off the blog radar for a while now. Life got rough around 2012 and has never gotten smooth again. But we have a new normal and I might be getting the swing of it. (we will see) So I am Entering the SCA Midream A&S Fair and I am doing it to teach and encorage others to lean about it and how to use it to be better reasercher and for Persona building.
As such I am posting the stages of the entrey write ups of my 5 Diffrent entries and I am doing them each simmilar but diffrent
This was both inspired and brought on because of a few reasons. This it the 50th Year of the SCA. There are many 50 year projects abound. I keep giving mine away so oh well. I decided that Master Philippe had the right idea in making his kit smaller and more period. As such this has been an on going project for me to emulate this year. To do this I have Flushed out my Person better and shifted the Time period forward to fit in the Tudor times. With that comes new garb and other things. I now have a second tent for when I go camping with out my husband so it is smaller and I can set it up alone (even with the very hurt sholder) But it looks and is a period design.
Keeping with the making my kit more period goes my new back round story.
 Here is the gist of it

The People of Wales are proud and determined people, hardy and fierce in their pride of self and their cultural history. I am a proud Welsh woman both in life and in Persona. My persona, Lady MwynwenYsginidd was born to a family that her father raised sheep and tailored her mother tailored and brewed, & she is a red headed female not as common as some think in the country. As such her name translates to red headed woman (Mwynwen) tailor (Ysginidd). Red heads are considered an even more fiery and fierce bunch, added to her Welsh. She married a sailor, Irish though he was (may her mother forgive her, for a father can’t stay mad at his daughter for long, though her mother silently thought her daughter was a good curse to put on the Irish). Mwynwen found she had much time to herself in marriage when he was out to sea. She wanted to be near the port where her husband was in and out of. So the pair took up life in the port where she took her skill at home brewing for the family to a slightly larger crowed and opened a small respectable brew house, were games of chance and games for fun can be played to while away the time. She enjoyed games of chance and loved collecting and learning new games that her husband and the other sailors would teach her.

    This is what inspired me to make a Tudor gaming set. In it will be: dice made of antler, A deck of cards, a teetotum, all stored in a wooden box. Along with these projects I researched and learned to play the game of Nodde which is the game that Cribbage was based off of. Together that makes 5 projects for the A&S fair. 
I have decided that It is easier to post this all here rather then Facebook. so over the next few weeks I will post bunches here for any who want to see that nother starts off clean and polished. And hopefully it will inspire people to take a leap them selves as well.