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About KMoAS

Lochac’s Minister of Arts and Sciences. Responsible for administering A&S across the Kingdom.

November Crown – Kingdom A&S competition results

Three competition categories were open for entry at November Crown Tournament. Entries were received for the category “Norse Culture”.

The results are:

Winner: Lady Helouys le Poer with Dublin Cap made of silk

2nd place: Duke Niall inn Orkneyski with a runestone

3rd place: Lady Drusticc Inigena Eddarrnonn with a tablet woven belt

Mistress Rowan Perigrynne and Mistress Madelaine de Bourgogne judged the entries.

 

Dance Display at Midwinter

From the Guild of the Silver Rondel, Lochac’s Dance Guild:

We opened the Coronation feast  on Saturday night with a performance by five members of the Guild of the Silver Rondel:

The musicians were Lord Sympkin of the Moor playing hammered dulcimer, Lady Elena y Delyn playing harp, and Lady Katherine of Glastonbury, also playing harp. The dancers were Master William de Cameron and Mistress Katherina Weyssin.

We performed an improvised Canary before Their Majesties and the populace to begin the feast. The dancers had four solos each. William de Cameron got spontaneous applause from the crowd for his fourth solo – seguiti battuti at double speed, then fioretti and a capriola.

The musicians played beautifully – lovely sound, excellent tempo, and a delightful variety through a long dance (about 8 minutes).

The performance was very well received and was a great deal of fun to be part of. It was a wonderful opportunity to show some of the skill that exists within our guild to a wider audience.

May Crown – Kingdom A&S competition results

A belated announcement of the results of the May Crown A&S competition results.

Three categories were advertised, and an extra “open A&S” category was judged on the day as per tradition in the West of the Kingdom
The winners were as follows:

A concept for a period event

Winner: Baroness Adelindis filia Gotefridi
2nd place: Lady Morgan Monroe

Able to be consumed

Equal First: Mistress Elena le Breustere & Mistress Sláine inghean Uí Ruadháin

Piece of illumination

Winner: THL Svantr Ormisson
2nd place: THL Ydenye de Baillencourt

Open A&S

Winner: Yvonne Heiser-Taylor
2nd place: Sir Rowland Bridgeford

Congratulations to all the winners!

Thanks to our judges who gave up time at the event to grade entries and provide feedback to all entrants, and to Baroness Leonie de Grey who organised the competitions at the event.

Southron Gaard’s Baronial Variety Pentathlon Challenge

The Barony of Southron Gaard is currently running a Baronial Variety Pentathlon Challenge, and you are invited to participate, or to follow along in admiration.

From the challenge website:
“Each entrant must complete five projects that each meet the requirements of at least one distinct category of the thirty available. The projects must be begun after Baronial Anniversary 2017, and completed by Baronial Anniversary 2018. Projects must be submitted to the A&S Officer – summaries and photographs as appropriate, reviews of comestibles/potables by consumers and performances by those present etc. Submissions/progress submissions will be featured on [the challenge] blog by the A&S officer throughout the Challenge, if approved by the submitter. Spot prizes/awards will occur throughout the challenge, and successful completion of the Challenge by Baronial Anniversary 2018 will earn a special token from their Excellencies’ hands at that event. There will be a special display of projects as they are at that point during the A&S Display at next Canterbury Faire, and a display of the available projects at Baronial Anniversary 2018.

For any who are not members of the populace of Southron Gaard, Her Excellency has decided this Challenge is also open to entry from those not resident in our fair Barony, as it is not your fault that you are so disadvantaged.”

Challenge blog has been set up to showcase entries as they come in – there’s already a few items up for display

So, follow along and see what the SG populace is producing.

Looking for Deputies

We’re currently seeking people to fill the following roles of Deputy to the KMoAS:

  1. Cockatrice Editor – taking over from the very competent THL Elisabetta Foscari. This is a great chance to actively contribute to A&S in Lochac, by ensuring our quarterly journal continues to provide a place to share good research in the Kingdom. Elisabetta will mentor the successful candidate through their first edition so you’ll be in capable hands.
  2. Sciences Deputy – a new role. This role will start by examining the “sciences” aspect of Arts and Sciences in Lochac, determining if there are ways be can better support and promote Sciences. This was a theme that emerged from last year’s A&S survey. They will also work with the Society Deputy for Sciences, Galen Of Ockham to see how Lochac can contribute to his work.
  3. Knowledge Management Deputy – a new role. This role will look at how we share and archive the various bits and pieces of A&S knowledge and teaching that our excellent artisans generate – trying to ensure that distance is not a barrier to being able to learn from others, again a theme that emerged from last year’s survey

Each role is described on the Roles page on this site.

The Cockatrice editor is a 2 year appointment. The other two roles are appointed for as long as the current KMoAS is in the role (currently to Midwinter 2018), but could be confirmed by the next KMoAS.

To apply: send an email to the Arts&Sciences email account, setting out:

  1. Which role you’re applying for
  2. Why you’re interested in the role
  3. What experience or ideas you have that would contribute to the role

Applications are open for 2 weeks – until Friday 26th May

The 100 days of A&S challenge

a notebook page with a spiral of squares starting at 1 and ending at 100

Safiya bint al-Shadhid’s system to track her 100 days challenge 

Baroness Ameline of Rowany has laid down a personal challenge, and invites the Kingdom to participate if they will:

“I propose a challenge. In the style of the armored combatant Century Drill (100 blows for 100 days), I am undertaking an A&S Century Drill: 10(+) minutes for 100 days.

Hopefully it will serve dual purposes – building habit & consistency, while also reducing UFOs (unfinished objects) and UFIs (unfulfilled ideas)! And hopefully also hijacking some post [Rowany] Festival enthusiasm. Will you join me?

Obviously 10 minutes is the minimum, and as far as what counts – you know it when you see it. Ie, purposeful research counts just as much as actual crafting – but procrasti-faffing on Pinterest does not. And as I am reminded, if you miss a day, your day count resets to zero. Pick your own start date.

I thought about a fb group or event, but I think this is actually what a hashtag does best: #100daysofAS – whether in a facebook community, or on your own page, if you post an update of your progress.”

Her Excellency’s challenge has inspired the Kingdom. People are participating with projects around food, embroidery, music, costuming & shield painting.

If you’re on facebook you can follow along with the hashtag OR if you’re not on facebook and still want to take up the challenge you can post to a blog or twitter or tumblr or other online space, and let us know by commenting on this post.

Rowany Festival A&S competition results

There were three A&S competitions held at the 2017 Rowany Festival for food, brewing and costuming. Here are the results:

The Capsule Wardrobe contest

Beginners category, with a point between them:

1st: Mildryth Thomaswyf for an Anglo Saxon
2nd: Lady Blanca Gutierez de Avila for 1480s Castile

Intermediate:

Lady Gwen verch David for 13th Century Wales

Advanced:

1st: Master Járnulfr Þórólfsson for a Viking trader on the York-Hedeby-Kaupang route
2nd: Mistress Miriam Galbraith for 1570s Flemish market woman

Competition criteria and other details: http://festival.lochac.sca.org/as-competitions/

Lochac’s Ultimate Food Fight

Winner was Lady Tatianitska Iaroslavna

Competition criteria and other details: http://festival.lochac.sca.org/as-competitions/

Brewers Guild competition for a cider with apples and one other ingredient

Winner was Lord Wulfgang Germanicus

Competition criteria and other details: http://brewers.lochac.sca.org/2016/11/14/guild-competitions-canterbury-faire-rowany-festival-and-may-crown-in-aneala/

Entering Crown? Need some documentation guidance?

With the recent announcement from the Crown that entry to May Crown Tournament will require both entrants to have participated in some form of A&S during the reign, we’ve taken the time to update the page on Documentation for A&S in Lochac.

From the a section of a recent announcement by the Crown of Lochac: Ariston and Lilavati, Basileus kai Basilissa

“Entry requirements for Crown Tournament

We have one special requirement of each entrant (whether fighter or consort) into this tournament.

In the Iliad, the poet exalts two qualities of man above all: Arete (excellence), and Techne (knowledge and skills). Both qualities are essential pillars of our Society. Crown Tournaments exist as tests of the Arete of the entrants, but We would have Our successors also display some commitment to Techne, as this pillar is no less essential to the Kingdom’s flourishing.

As such, it is Our requirement for entrants into May Crown AS LII is that for each pair of entrants, both parties must have made an entry in an Arts and Sciences display or competition, or taught a class in the Arts and Sciences, during Our reign. Such entries may be in any field, from any time or culture before 1600CE, and while we will expect some documentation, there is no minimum ‘standard’ of entry required. We merely ask that entrants make a sincere effort to produce something of which they can be proud, which reflects their interests and passions in the Society.

Examples of competitions and displays that would fulfil these criteria include:

– Arts and Sciences competitions or displays organised at local events,
– Guild competitions or displays,
– Arts and Sciences displays at larger events such as Laurel Prize at Rowany Festival,
– Arts and Sciences competitions at Crown Progress events,
– Documentable performances of period arts as part of an event – for example, performing a period piece at a Bardic circle, or cooking and documenting period food for an event.

Classes taught at events to fulfil these criteria must:

– be open to any who wish to attend (i.e. they may not be private classes)
– include some documentation of period (pre-1600CE) content, materials, or approaches involved in the class.

The Crown will expect each pair entering Crown Tournament to provide evidence and testimony of their works, in order to be accepted onto the lists.

This evidence shall be in the form of a copy of the documentation used, a short summary of the context of the competition, display or class (where and when did you do this; who was the audience?), a brief (~100 words) summary of what the entrant was trying to achieve, demonstrate, or share. It should be presented at May Crown, before invocation court.

To ensure that entrants are not restricted by any specific entrance requirements of the Arts and Sciences displays and competitions to which they have access, there will be an open-entry Arts and Sciences display at May Crown itself, and entries in this display will count towards the fulfilment of the tournament’s entry requirements. Entries at this stage which are less suited to a conventional display (such as performances) may be discussed with the Crown by contacting them directly.”

Hopefully this will give you some guidance if you are planning to enter May Crown. You might also want to check our page on “Participating in A&S” for some ideas on how to meet this requirement.

 

 

 

Expanding the criteria for Lochac A&S Champion

Over the last 6 months I have had numerous conversations that indicate the current format for choosing the Arts & Sciences champion is not meeting the needs of the Kingdom. This is demonstrated by low entries in A&S competitions, and low recognition of the champion, or even the existence of the title, across the Kingdom.

This consultation paper (5 pages) sets out the issues, relevant responses from the Kingdom A&S survey, and details on the proposed changes.

The TL;DR version is:

  1. A champion per reign, announced in Court at Coronation.
  2. The champion is determined through a points system which takes into account the various ways that the populace contributes to A&S in Lochac, and not just through 4 competitions per year (see the paper for the proposed points system)

Points towards the championship will be allocated for the following activities.

  • Contribute an item to an A&S display, Kingdom or local event level. Includes Laurel Prize at Rowany Festival, and A&S display at Canterbury Fair
  • Perform a period piece of entertainment at an event. Think music, singing, poem, theatre.
  • Teach a class at any event
  • Have an article published in Cockatrice
  • Have something scored in a competition that follows the Kingdom competition score sheet, or similar. This can include local competitions. The test is, are you scoring the item out of 50, with a clear description of how points are allocated, and at least 2 people have scored the item. If the scoring is a different scale to 50 then the final score will need to be adjusted to fit the point bands.
  • Attain a ranking in a guild. Where a guild has a different set of ranks, then the equivalent names and scores should be negotiated with the Guilds Deputy, and the decision should be recorded in the guilds documents and the Champion webpage.

Points are allocated on a scale between 1-4 depending on the effort and reviewability of the activity. The specific points are set out in the consultation paper.

The collection of points will be managed by the Arts & Sciences Officers of the Kingdom, as well as Guild Administrators. An online form will be created for officers to input points with their quarterly reports.

Consultation Questions

I’m interested in answers to the following questions. You can comment below or send an email. Also happy to discuss in person/on the phone (email me for a phone number).

  1. Is this a workable model? What benefits and pitfalls can you see?
  2. What else could be included in the points system? How would we fairly allocate points across the Kingdom for that thing?
  3. How do we include research and science in this schema?
  4. Should we include period arts martial, including Archery, in this schema?
  5. What sort of item should we consider for perpetual regalia?
  6. Anything else you think we’ve missed or should consider?

Consultation is open until 15 March (just over 4 weeks).