Arts and Sciences
Welcome to the fun world of Arts and Sciences!
In the Society for Creative Anachronism, we strive to recreate the middle ages and Renaissance. One of the ways this is done is through our Arts and Sciences - the creation of things and the use of things.
The Arts and Sciences includes many things including: garb (costume), millinery, armouring, woodwork, embroidery, painting & drawing, calligraphy & illimination, cooking, brewing, music & singing, dancing, games, gardening, textile making, silversmithing, metal work, jewelry making, as well as archery and rapier fighting - just to name a few!
To help us in this, we have Arts and Sciences Officers. The job of the A&S Officer is to help aid, guide and encourage and in the recognition of our Artisans. If you are interested in a particular area of the Arts and Sciences, then contact our A&S Officer and they can tell you if there is someone local who can help you!
Other ways of getting involved in Arts and Sciences is through competitions, workshops, gossip and garbs, and the annual Innilgard Winter A&S Collegium. Each year, we invite Laurels to visit and teach. The A&S Collegium CD is compiled annually, by . This fund raiser helps towards the cost of our visiting teachers.
There are also specific A&S Guilds within the SCA. Active Guilds in Innilgard are:
Worshipful Company of Broiderers, Lochac Royal Guild of Defence (mainly Rapier), Painters and Limners, Woodworkers Guild, Bards Troubadours and Jongleurs, Brewers, Vitners and Imbibers, and the College of Scribes.
Innilgard is renowned for its cooking and brewing. We have
an active cooking community as well as an active Chapter of the Lochac Cooks
Guild. If you are interested in Medieval and Renaissance cooking, come along to
A&S practices on Sunday and chat to experienced cooks as well as novices.
There are regular opportunities to be involved in feast preparation, and members of the Barony often bring recipes along to A&S practices/meetings to be tasted and commented upon.
Cooking competitions are also regularly held.
The A&S competitions held at the Night in Purgatory in September will be:
- Best confessed sin
- Sinful soteltie
The A&S competitions held at the Feast in the East (August 1) will be:
- An item taken on or associated with pilgrimage
- Most creative use of a piece of fur
- Original Russian-style Fairy Tale
The A&S competitions held at the Baroness’ Championship (October) will be:
- A love song or poem
The A&S competitions held at the Foundation Day Picnic (November 1) will be:
- A period movement performed in a period way
The A&S competitions held at the Tavern feast (November 28) will be:
- Castle Siege: research only, a plan on defending a castle
- Gobbled Fret cooking competition. This is an annual competition, with the winner holding the next competition next year. Theme: Original Redaction (any category of food, any SCA time period, but it has been the entrant’s own redaction).
Please remember that it is VITAL that you provide the appropriate paperwork with each A&S entry. Forms can be found here.
Each entry needs to have an entry form, a judging form and a comments form attached. Kingdom A&S judging guidelines are used to help allocate points for entries. Items entered in the Kingdom A&S Competitions are judged on the following Criteria and judges may award up to 10 points for each:
Documentation, Authenticity, Creativity/Plausibility, Workmanship, Complexity.
Don't forget that there are also Kingdom level competitions being regularly run, and that there is a Laurel's Prize Tourney run at Festival. Entering your work gives you an opportunity to get valuable feedback. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any queries or would like to know more.