Arts and sciences refer to all the fun parts of this hobby that aren't about the martial arts such as fencing or archery. Things like making clothing, cooking, brrewing, music, dance, singing, research, woodwork, blacksmithing, building furniture, leatherwork, weaving, embroidery, painting, calligraphy... the list goes on! Pretty much any crafts people did within the period prior to 1600.
The person responsible for the Arts & Sciences in Ildhafn is Lady Griete van Groningen (Yvonne Gwyn) firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions or would like to learn something in particular, please get in touch.
We have regular Arts and Sciences meetings, colloquially known as Stuff Day, on the first Saturday afternoon of each month. Some months there's a topic we focus on, some months we have a general gathering and show-and-tell session. But always we welcome people to come along and share their projects and thoughts, or simply share some company while working on your own craft.
Occassionally, we'll have a workshop to focus on a specific craft, for example, lost-wax casting, or bobbin-lace. If there's something specific you'd like to try, please contact the Arts and Sciences officer.
Renaissance dance classes are often a regular part of our group. Katherina Weyssin recently ran classes based on 15th and 16th century sources from Italy, France and England, and we often do some informal dancing at feasts and revels.
Dance classes aren't active at the moment, but if you'd like to see them restart, feel free to talk to Katherina about the options.
Music is a key part of any study of medieval and renaissance history, as well as a very popular way to meet new people and discover the beauty of the music that evolved into what we listen to today.
Many members of the barony are keen amateur musicians, and will entertain us during a feast, sing beside a tournament, or play dance music at a ball.
There is a collection of music that one or more members of the Barony have practiced or performed on our Music Page.
Some other sources of music that many of us use are:
- Cicilia's Songbook: (pdf) (midis - zip) (Melody Assistant files -zip)
The Southron Gaard Songbook: a common source of music for singing at Canterbury Faire. The current version, the Cantiones Secundae is on the music page of the Southron Gaard site.
The Big Lochac Snogbook: a popular source for group singing at Canterbury Faire, Festival, and other large events. The current version is available from the Moralez-Beaumont household site.
- St Cecilia Press: transcriptions or renaissance and medieval music, including dances and songs.
- Choral Public Domain Library: a fantastic resource for free choral/vocal scores, texts, translations, and other useful information.
- IMSLP: the International Music Score Library Project is another great resource for free period sheet music.
Many people within the SCA like to try their hand at the scribal arts - calligraphy and illumination. These scribes produce beautiful scrolls that are awarded people on special ocassions as well as working on their own projects and anything else that may be needed within the Barony. If you would like to have a go, take a look at the scribal arts page.
The Lochac Scribes Handbook includes sections useful for guild members, wardens and new scribes summarising information on a variety of resources and techniques that can be applied to your own calligraphy and illumination.
If you've wondered when your award scroll is being worked on, check out the Scribal Guild's resource - the Scribes' Database!
As well as our regular group activities, our members work on all sorts of medieval and renaissance arts individually. Some have webpages, some of which you will find links to on our "people" page. Some write up personal projects and post them here.
If you would like a personal page, or a login to post about your personal projects, please contact the web minister, Don Ludwig von Regensburg.
A number of Lochac-wide Competitions are available for you to enter your projects into: a good way to get feedback, broaden your skills, and show off your work. We also have a number of local competitions each year - the details tend to be advertised with each event.