Most artisans are more than happy to discuss their work, their process, their research. Events also often offer competitions or displays where you can check out a completed piece or a work-in-progress and typically view the documentation along with the work.
One of the most artistically inspiring things I have come across in the SCA is the A&S Display at Pennsic (to be held this year, on Sunday, August 3, from 1-6pm in the new Great Hall). For those unfamiliar with this display, it is a gathering of artisans from across the Known World showing off some truly incredible projects. It is absolutely worth checking out! to whet your appetite for this year's display, below is a gallery of some of the wonderful pieces I have seen over the years!