Changing Times

I’ve been in the Society for Creative Anachronism since the 1990s. And the world is a different place now. It’s no longer the “hippies” era like 1966 when the Society began. It’s a multi-cultural stew. And the SCA must adapt with it just like Dylan Thomas’ song The Times They Are a-Changin. Faced with recent serious issues people at the top are truly taking action. The Board of Directors is modernizing the way the Society operates. For its long-term viability this is a must. I am personally very pleased. I’d felt this wonderful organization’s shriveling losses, discussed it with long-time friends. Thankfully the SCA is adapting. In August 2018 the SCA mission statement changed. The “Western Europe” reference was removed leaving only the specified pre-17th century time frame. The Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) is an international non-profit volunteer educational organization. The SCA is devoted to the research and re-creation of pre-seventeenth century skills, arts, combat, culture, and employing knowledge of history to enrich the lives of participants through events, demonstrations, and other educational presentations and activities. Society for Creative Anachronism But will this change affect us now? Personally as an SCA scribe I won’t have to finagle my Arts and Sciences documentation as often. I can now recreate a page from the earliest extant complete illuminated Christian manuscript and just state it comes from Ethiopia‘s Abba Garima Monastery The ancient Garima Gospels are from there and probably never left it. So until […]

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The Zen Of Being A Student To A Peer

If you’re in the SCA very long you know peers may formally take students. They are labeled differently depending on the peer’s title. That doesn’t mean if you’re not a peer you can’t have longtime, informal student relationships. They just aren’t called an Apprentice, Protege or Squire. I’m honored to be a Mistress of the Laurel so any person I formally mentor is an Apprentice. But, what’s the distinction between an apprentice and a student? The difference is what you expect from the relationship and whether you want that widely known. Do you want to teach or learn a specific craft? Do you want to learn about the SCA’s idiosyncrasies? How formal do you want the association to be? Or is the green belt just a “cool” thing for you both to do? It’s always what you want to make of the relationship that counts.  Another difference is when you formalize a peer connection you do it in front of witnesses. You acknowledge to all present you have a bond. And to prove it you gladly offer an oath of fealty. The apprenticing-oath promises loyalty to someone about how they’ll act with them.  For some it’s an intense, well thought commitment because each party knows they can personally depend on the other for help and a priority for their time. The oath – if formally offered – is done at a ceremony unique to each peer and candidate. In it […]

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Why Is Art Important In The SCA?

Medieval art involved not creative freedom but subjection to rules. Some time after classical antiquity all period creations were done for God’s glory. If that’s the case how does art relate to you and me in the Society for Creative Anachronism? Especially since the organization is apolitical and nonreligious. Why is Art important in the SCA? First, what is art? […]

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Rebooting My Pigments Class For RUSH

My class at the 2015  Bellewode Symposium You asked for it. My arm was twisted again.  I’ll be teaching my “Playing With Powdered Pigments” class at the coming November 3rd Book Arts RUSH classes.  I was asked to teach it at two prior Calontir Lilies War RUSH sessions, but I couldn’t. The location wasn’t appropriate. A little wind gust would quickly swirl away […]

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5 Creativity Levels You Find In The SCA

Archive Photo Of  Jantige’s Fiber Arts As a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism you live to learn about and make things used prior to 1600. Being creative is a big part of what you do. It’s is even in our name. You have SCA friends at all creativity levels. Some are even geniuses.  Each creative level is labeled different from an SCA […]

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The Graying of the SCA

Why do I continue to drive hours to attend events? What’s the magnet and appeal for a Golden-ager, like me?   For over 20 years, I’ve loved the SCA for encouraging wholehearted learning and skill growth. You saw this in the quality hand crafted largess presented at an event. Carved wood, needlework, weaving, clothing, and pottery, to name a few. […]

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Rethinking My SCA Experience

Winter War Maneuvers 2016 Yesterday was Calontir‘s Winter War Maneuvers event held by the Barony of Mag Mor about this time each year. It is a time when Calontir‘s army thrashes each other in melee skill practice, for the learning experience. It is a delight for attending SCA fighters. It’s even important if you plan to fight with Calontir at Gulf […]

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