Online Æthelmearc Heralds and Scribes Symposium, April 10, 2021
Online Æthelmearc Heralds and Scribes Symposium classes for both heralds and scribes.
Contact Silver Buccle Herald at herald (AT) aethelmearc (DOT) org for heraldic classes or questions or Sylvan Signet at signet (AT) aethelmearc (DOT) org for scribal classes or questions.
The class schedule is available here. All times are Eastern.
- Main Room: Socializing and troll. 9 AM-9 PM.
- Scriptorium with Shirin: Come spend time working on a scroll (or not), chatting with scribes, talking shop and in general just reconnecting. 9 AM-9 PM (except lunch break, noon-1 PM, and afternoon break, 3-3:30 PM).
- Æthelmearc Court Reports, jorundr hinn rotinn. Æthelmearc court report policies and best practices. Heraldry 2, 4:30-5:30 PM.
- Armorial Book Club, Iago ab Adam. Just a bunch of heralds, looking at period heraldry, discussing what they see. For this session, we'll be discussing a mid-16th C French armorial: Bibliothèque nationale de France, ms. Français 5938. Heraldry 1, 3:30-5:30 PM.
- Armoury Consultation, Madoc Arundel. Armoury adds color, style, and an air of medievalism to every event. This class looks at techniques for working with a client towards a device or badge that is both pleasing to the individual and acceptable for registration. The teacher will also present the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them in an effort to secure registration on the first try. Heraldry 3, 11 AM-noon.
- Armory Rules under SENA, Beatrice Domenici della Campana. An overview of the rules for Armory (devices and badges) under the Standards for Evaluation of Names and Armory (SENA), we will look at the various underlying principles by which the rules were conceived, then at each section of the armory rules and what it contains (definitions, principles of style, content, style rules, Individually Attested Patterns (as opposed to "core style"), conflict, and presumption and offense). A look at armory-related Appendices will also be included. Heraldry 2, 2-3 PM.
- The Garnet Process: What Happens After the Submission, Madoc Arundel. You've sent in your forms and your check... 2 months ago. You've heard nothing. Why aren't those heralds doing something? Find out what happens to your submission after you send it in, and why the process appears to take FOREVER! Heraldry 2, 3:30-4:30 PM.
- Heralding a Kingdom Court, Baron Arias Beltran del Valle. Having a truly magical kingdom court isn't nearly as simple as it may look! Find out what goes into a successful court, from planning beforehand to reporting afterwards, with former Jewel of Æthelmearc Herald Baron Arias, including discussions of what to do and what NOT to do at all stages! Heraldry 1, 11 AM-noon.
- How to Create an Achievement of Arms, THFool Dagonell the Juggler. This class will focus on the parts of an achievement of arms; mottoes, supporters, helms, etc. and how to create a meaningful one for yourself. Heraldry 1, 10-11 AM.
- Inkscape for Heralds, Vémundr Syvursson. A brief introduction to using Inkscape, an Open Source vector graphics program, for electronic emblazoning of heraldic devices and badges. We will briefly cover the Inkscape user interface, a few useful tricks, and some resources available to the digital heraldic artist. No experience needed, open to anyone interested. Taught by the current Couronne Rouge Herald of An Tir, maintainer of the An Tir Roll of Arms. Heraldry 3, 1-3 PM.
- Introduction to Name Research, Mistress Alys Mackyntoich, OP OL OD. This class is designed for new and novice heralds, to assist them in conducting name research. Topics will include identifying good name research sources, the elements required for documentation, and how to write up a name for submission. Heraldry 2, 5:30-6:30 PM.
- Kamon: A Beginners Guide to Japanese Heraldry, Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir. Do you want to design and register real Japanese kamon? Are you a herald who wants to increase your repertoire of culture specific heraldic design resources? Then this class is for you. A Primer to Japanese Heraldic Style covering the history, ęsthetics, and social significance of Japanese heraldry. How to design and document premodern Japanese kamon including: use of color, choice and arrangement of charges, and what counts for difference in Japan. We are reserving two hours to allow ample time for questions and discussion. Heraldry 1, 2-3 PM.
- Making Useful Commentary in OSCAR, Beatrice Domenici della Campana. Regardless of previous experience, students in this class will learn how to make useful commentary in OSCAR to assist with the decision process for both internal (Kingdom) letters and external (Laurel) letters of intent. Class will cover commentary basics for both names and armory, and will include a workshop doing actual commentary on active items in OSCAR. Heraldry 2, 10 AM-noon.
- Meigaku: Designing and Documenting Japanese Names, Sǫlveig Þrándardóttir. Do you want to design a Japanese personal name which is appropriate for a particular time and social role? Do you want to design a Japanese group name for your war band or theatre troupe? Are you a herald who wants to increase your repertoire of culture specific naming practices? Do you have trouble wrapping your head around NCMJ? Then this class is for you. We are reserving two hours to allow ample time for questions and discussion. Heraldry 1, 1-2 PM.
- Name Consultations, Madoc Arundel. Every new SCAdian needs a name. A registered name is required before a person can register arms. This class looks at techniques for working with a client towards a name that is both pleasing to the individual and acceptable for registration. The teacher will also present the most common pitfalls and how to avoid them in an effort to secure registration on the first try. Heraldry 2, 2-3 PM.
- Okay, I've Registered My Heraldry, Now What?, THFool Dagonell the Juggler. This class will compare the different types of banners, standards, golfannons, etc. and other uses for your heraldry both inside the SCA and out. Heraldry 3, 3:30-4:30 PM.
- Silver Buccle Policies Overview, jorundr hinn rotinn. An overview and Q&A period for the new policies of the Silver Buccle Herald. Heraldry 1, 9-10 AM.
- So you want to have an Online Court, Brandubh O'Donnghaile. In these strange times of Pandemic where gathering is inadvisable, how do we hold court? This class will discuss the mechanics of holding courts through Zoom, the need of a Zoom Moderator for digital courts, and be open for round table discussion in the second half. Heraldry 1, 5:30-6:30 PM.
- Under the covers of oanda.sca.org, Herveus d’Ormonde. Morsulus shows stuff behind the scenes. Heraldry 3, 4:30-5:30 PM.
- 14th-16th Century Sources for Continental European Illumination, Annetje van Leuven. Ever wanted to find a French, German, Burgundian, or Bohemian manuscript? We'll cover books and online sources to find less typical manuscripts. Scribal 2, 2-3 PM.
- Attavante Made Easy, THL Rachel Dalicieux. In love with the amazing work of Attavante degli Attavanti? Fascinated by the Codex Heroica? Learn how to create, paint and shade an “Attavante Box”. Visit the Web Gallery of Art's Codex Heroica frontispiece for an example of this amazing artwork!
You will need a piece of graph paper as well as perg/bristol, pencils (thin mechanical best), paint brushes, plus the following colors of gouache: yellow ochre, burnt umber, white, black, and your choice of background color. Finally, your preferred method of gold for the border. (We are not covering holding techniques...gold paint is fine. I love Finetec.) Scribal 3, 1-3 PM.
- Blackletter Double Trouble, Mistress Alicia Langland. Take your Blackletter to a new level! Folio 125 in Mira Calligraphiae Monumenta (86.MV.527.125) will have you seeing double!
Students already familiar with Blackletter will benefit more from this class, but all are welcome to marvel at the calligrapher's artistry along with the rest of us.
Class will alternate a visual presentation about the manuscript with hands-on practice.
This class will be recorded to allow participants to review the techniques presented. (If this is a concern, you are welcome to turn off your camera and change your name as it appears on the screen.)
- 2 or 3 blank pieces of paper (to place under working copy to prevent bleed-through)
- sheet of tracing paper
- note-taking supplies (2 different color pens or a pen and highlighter advised)
- handouts to print prior to class:
- Mira 125 a-z (reference sheet of all 26 letters plus a few variations on one page)
- Mira 125 diamonds and lines warm-up sheet (breakout of elements used in all letters)
- Mira 125 ductus worksheets (step-by-step breakdown of each letter's formation)
- 3.5 mm Y & C calligraphy marker (Or feel free to use your own pen and graph paper.)
Class exemplar can be viewed here: http://www.getty.edu/art/collection/objects/2415/joris-hoefnagel-and-georg-bocskay-dog-tooth-violet-and-butterflies-flemish-and-hungarian-1561-1562-illumination-added-1591-1596/
Scribal 1, 1-3 PM.
- Demystifying Whitework, Owen Tegg. Learn about motifs, tools, materials, and techniques for painting whitework illumination. Normally a hands-on class, so there will be plenty of time for discussion and questions. Scribal 2, 3:30-4:30 PM.
- Drawing Braids using a Grid, Forveleth Dunde. Learn to design and draw Celtic-style braids and knotwork using just graph paper and a straightedge. Useful for borders, fancy letters, and more! Scribal 1, 4:30-5:30 PM.
- The Gospel of Cuthbert - living history in a hand, Hellen of Haldane. The St Cuthbert Gospel is significant both intrinsically as the earliest surviving European book complete with its original binding and by association with the 7th century Anglo-Saxon saint, Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. This basic class will focus on the comprehensive study of the 26 elegant Uncial letterforms found in this book. Supplies needed: some good lined paper, calligraphy pens and ink, one sheet of tracing paper, printouts of the handouts, sense of fun and adventure. Scribal 2, 10 AM-noon.
- Introduction to Scroll Making, Eilionora inghean an Bhaird. For anyone of any age interested in scroll creation, including both calligraphy and illumination (scribes aged 6-12 welcome to attend with parent). Walk through creating a scroll from choosing an exemplar to materials to use to the finished piece. We will take a look at various manuscripts and what to look for in choosing one as an exemplar. We'll move on to the different materials involved in scroll making. Next, we'll cover laying out a scroll and the order of operations of creation. At the end of the class, we will aim for everyone to have the beginnings of a scroll to finish. There will be plenty of time for questions and a PDF handout for personal printing. You should have on hand:
- Internet access
- Pencil & eraser
- Thicker plain art paper, minimum size 5x7
We will NOT record this class. Scribal 1, 10 AM-noon.
- Learning a Style: Italian White Vine, Owen Tegg. Need a break from replicating specific manuscripts? In this class we will study hallmarks of the white vine style and learn to construct original white vine illumination with a period feel. Scribal 2, 4:30-5:30 PM.
- Period Pigments - Dishing the Dirt, Kennari Bubba Blackhammer. Discussion and demonstration of period pigments, their manufacture and use. Scribal 3, 10 AM-noon.
- Scribe Like a Graphic Designer, Bran Mydwynter. Modern graphic designers have various techniques to ensure their designs are clear, communicate what they intend, and serve their needed function.
But few of these techniques are modern. Scribes and illuminators in our period may not have thought about them in the same terms, but they certainly employed them.
Come along and learn a handful of basic design principles, see period examples, and learn to see where period creators made choices that our modern eyes also appreciate.
Regardless whether you are reproducing existing pages or interpreting a style to create something new, weaving these techniques into your design will help you produce effective and beautiful scrollwork.
(This class will not be recorded.) Scribal 2, 1-2 PM.
- Shading and Figure Drawing in Period, Kennari Bubba Blackhammer. Demystifying period techniques for both figure drawing and shading, allowing you to more confidently reproduce period exemplars. Scribal 3, 3:30-5:30 PM.
- Survey of Ottoman Illumination Styles: cancelled.