A&S Competitions (was: Re: AWSOME ST. ELEGIUS....)
--- In Authentic_SCA@y..., "skud11111" <skud@i...> wrote:
> - much as we might like to do otherwise, almost everyone takes
> shortcuts for normal event stuff compared to what they'd enter in a
> comp (Do you dress as well for every event as you would if it were
> being entered in a display or being judged for points? I know I
> - we seldom have documentation handy (although I know some people do
> carry copies of docs for their most recent/special stuff).
Actually, yes, with the exception of the Flemish dress I just made
for working at Faire, I can basically take anything off my back and
enter it in an A&S competition. I can't do that with the Flemish
dress, as I reinforced the bodice seams with twill tape, rather than
finishing it by hand because I needed to get the dress finished (and
it still isn't) and it has to be very hard-wearing to stand up to
working at Faire for the next few years. The next Flemish dress will
be up to my regular standards.
I also "document as I go along" with anything that I do, both to
serve as a reminder of how I did something (I teach so much that I
frequently turn my notes into my class handouts), and to serve as
documentation if I decide on the spur of the moment to enter an A&S
competition. I have a template on my computer that has the questions
that have to be answered; I just plug in the information, take lots
of notes, and write the bibliography as I do my research, then when
I'm done, I can whip through the detailed information (usually 7-10
pages, double-spaced) in a couple of hours.
All that being said, and having been both an entrant and judge in a
number of A&S competitions, I can see the reason for it, even though
I don't particularly care for it. One of the knightly "virtues" is
prowess: how is prowess in something as subjective as the Arts
defined? Combat peers, whether they are in the SCA, Adria, ECS, or
any other medieval recreation group have it simple: they can go out
and prove their prowess by winning a tournament list. Artist/artisans
have a much harder time: we have no formalized guild structure
throughout medieval recreation, the few guilds remaining (EGA, HGA,
etc.) are more focused on contemporary techniques and styles than
historic techniques and styles, and the judges at county and state
fairs are not familiar enough with most medieval and Renaissance arts
to be competent judges. So competitions, although they are not
period, seem at this time to be an inherent part of the A&S structure
throughout the hobby/sport of medieval recreation.
I dislike the "competition" aspect of the A&S for two reasons: 1) as
Alessandro and others pointed out, it is not period; and 2) I dislike
people simply judging me for my titles and awards, rather than on my
skills as an sempstress, needleworker, etc. For this reason, I do not
enter in competitions in the SCA (after all, this is my "vacation,"
so I can just play <grin>), and I limit my competing in Adria to
wars, where succeeding in the A&S sphere can influence the outcome of
a war and impact who sits on the throne. (For those unfamiliar with
the Adrian Empire or the Empire of Chivalry and Steel, who wears the
crown is not decided by single combat; rather, a "war" is held, with
members deciding whose army they will be in, and "war points" are
awarded to each army for their showing on the field of combat, in the
A&S competition, and in the Archery lists.)
Sorry! I didn't mean to go on for quite so long.
- --- In Authentic_SCA@y..., "wodeford" <wodeford@y...> wrote:
> Talk about timing. I've been hunted down like the dog I am. ;-> Igot
> a note from the outgoing Bard of Cynagua last night requesting mydo
> address so she can mail me my score sheets. I politely declined to
> so: I did my best, people applauded, that's enough for me.She didn't. Sigh. She didn't understand "No, you may not have my
> I wonder if she'll understand.
She forgot she can't make me read the damned things.
Jehanne de Sgusted