10900Re: [Authentic_SCA] Digest Number 540
- Jul 27, 2001Greetings All!
I have been reading all of the posts with regard to
judging, and I thought I would throw in my experience
in entering an A&S competition, which I have heard is
I have always had a deep interest in the very early
16th century, and before I even knew the SCA existed,
I had done TONS of research, and began to make my own
authentic gown. Now, when I say authentic, I mean I
used period dyes to dye my own fabric, hand sewed
everything, it was covered with hand beading, I mean,
I am not exaggerating when I tell you that this took
me almost a year to do.
Then, I found the SCA!!!!!! My first event was a very
large A&S competition, and I proudly entered my dress.
Now, I did not think I would win, rather I just
wanted to share the experience of showing my year of
I was amidst a sea of polyester gowns with bought
trim, but I could tell that everyone put a lot of time
into these (giving everyone the benefit of the doubt),
and I gushed my praise on everyone.
WELL... after the judging I read my score sheets with
the comments. On a score of 1-5, I had gotten all 1s
and 2s, AND the comments were the most rude,
insulting, and just plain hurtful and incorrect. Some
of the comments they were making were absolutely
untrue, as my tons of research had shown, and anyone
who has even a slight knowledge of costuming would
know! I mean, one of the dyes I had used was for a
rusty-brown color. They even said that the color
looked more like a fuscia or a rose... now, take my
word for it... there is not even a hint of pink in the
I was absolutely devestated! Not that I hadn't won,
but because of the rude and just plain mean things
they had said, along with the WRONG information. I am
an authenticity maven, so this was such a blow that I
didn't know what to do! I took it with a smile,
looking at my hours of work of blackwork sitting next
to pink and light blue machine made, polyester trim
with the high marks, and the only one who knew I was
upset was my partner!
WELL, after the contest, right after the judging, the
Queen made her choices for the Golden Lyre, and guess
who won one! That's right, me! The Queen told me
that she was so impressed by the work and authenticity
(she was Elizabethan, so she knew the work), that she
invited me to sit at the Royal table for our feast.
So, this was proof to me that it was at least halfway
I was still so devestated with the rude comments and
hurtful comments, that I cried half the way home. My
partner pulled the car over and threw them out.
I'm not sure why the comments were so rude and
hurtful, but it seemed as though all the judges got
together and said "let's really give it to this one!".
A proud member of the...
Shire of Glenn Linn
Kingdom of the East
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