The people made this Pennsic fantastic and allowed me some time away from my worries. I connected with so many completely fantastic artisans. I had great conversations about fiber, food and Norse culture. I relaxed and laughed in the shade with my household and met wonderful friends I had previously only met online. I ate yummy things in camp and the market and while I did not do the power shopping I usually do, I came away with delightful things.
I chose this year to not participate in the Pennsic A&S Display, instead, my wares were shown as part of the A&S War Point competition. I was beyond honored to be selected by the Crown to represent this fair Kingdom in this capacity. I have so much to say about how amazing this whole experience was that I will have to tell it all in another post tomorrow. It was an incredible honor and possibly the most amazing way to interact with other Artisans.
I was honored again during Court when I was inducted into the Order of the Fleur (AEthelmearc Arts&Sciences award). My scroll, which can be seen in the gallery below, is a beautifully crafted piece that includes images of medieval women working with fiber! I cannot wait to have it framed and hang it in my weaving studio!
I will also have some other posts forthcoming about this War, including one covering some of the conversations I had about honor, sharing and chivalry. I want to compile one as well on my own growth in the SCA and as an artisan, but that will take some time and thought to put to words. And, as always, I have been inspired to research more and create more. I also have some ideas for direction and things I need to do to improve both my work and how I present it.
One of my highlights of this year was to get word that a very, very well-deserving friend received a writ for a Pelican. I can think of no one in the Society who exemplifies what it means to be a Peer than this individual. That news made the entire event for me. :-)