The Baronial Banner Project is a collaborative effort to produce a series of standards and gonfalons for the Barony. These silk standards and gonfalons will reside in storage (they will not be kept at peoples houses). The standards/banners will then be used for display at Baronial events. Members of the populace will be asked if they would like to purchase a standard or a gonfalon of a set size and a set price (TBA) The cost will be kept as low as possible. Leftover resources will be available for participants to use on additional standards. Collegia and group resources/instruction will be provided. All equipment (stretching jigs, templates, paint etc) will be initially dedicated to completing the Baronial portion of each standard/banner. After these portions are finished, the equipment will become available for use on personal banners/standards, for people who have assisted in completing the Baronial portion of the project.
- To increase the amount of regalia the group has.
- To teach the basics and potentially more advanced concepts on banner making so that members of the populace can create their own banners should they wish to.
Relevant A&S competition
At Tocal this year (2011), there will be a competition on heraldic display. The standards and gonfalons being produced in this project could be submitted or you could use the skills learnt as part of this project to make another item.
See the following page for information on the A&S Competition for Tocal
The Baronial Banner Project will run from January 23, 2011 until May 14. Resources will be available after May 14, however, the group focus will shift to the next set of Baronial Projects. The majority of work will take place at Sunday Gatherings, although, if you wish to volunteer a venue and your time for other days and nights, please let Oric know. Please refer to the Mordenvale Calendar for specific dates and activities. Announcements on up-coming activities for each week will be sent out in advance.
Charlestown South Primary school on Sundays will be the primary location. Those who wish to provide alternate venues during the week are more then welcome to do so.
Project Costs and Constraints
- There is a limited number of Sunday's available for communal colaboration. The aim is to get as many banners done as possible whilst not leaving those who contribute without. A schedule will be drawn up to work out if additional days need to be set aside. If you cannot turn up on an alloted day to work then please notify us as early as possible so we can shuffle the schedule. We want to do our best to get atleast one banner done for each contributor.
- The aim is to make this a nil cost to the Barony. This essentially means that those paying to take part are donating money, as well as time, as they will not own the end products. The produced banners will belong to the Barony. They will be available for stewards to use at all events (stored in a regalia box) so you will not need to bring them and arrange for them to be displayed.
- This project is going to require the following materials to be purchased.
- Banner Silk @$9.50pm
- Silk Dyes @ $5-$10 per bottle (multiple bottles of red, green and gold will be purchased as well as atleast one pot of each heraldic colour)
- Gutta @ approximately $10 a tube
- Paint brushes
- Each bottle of dye and gutta will get varying amounts of mileage, hence why we may have left overs. Unfortunately, costing each banner individually will be too challenging. The costs should still work out significantly cheaper than if you bought all the materials individually for your own use. As mentioned, left over materials will be able to be used, within reason, by those who have contributed financially. Don't expect to pay for one gonfalon and then get to make five standards for personal use, if there is left over dyes.2 Banner Jigs already exist so these will not need to be purchased.
- A Nominal figure will be presented which we have tried to keep as close to cost as possible and will be based off a per metre of silk price. If we end up over ordering silk dyes then those who have partaken in the project will be allowed to, within reason, use these dyes to paint additional banners which they themselves can keep or donate to the Barony. These additional Banners can only be made once we have made all the initial banners for the project have been completed.
- Similarly, if we have people wishing to buy multiple standards, then we will need to stagger the production line so that we can try to produce atleast one standard for each person in the time frame, on the alotted Sundays. Those who want to make numerous banners may be able to arrange to borrow the jigs when they are not in use or we can demonstrate how to make your own jig.
- Oric will be facilitating the logistics, money handling and overseeing the project.
- Heilwich will be running a collegium on the historical nature of banners and their construction
- Tailtu will be running a collegium on silk painting techniques.