Re: [Authentic_SCA] Re:SCA garb
- --- Joan Mielke <joan.mielke.yost@...> wrote:
> Have you considered using some of the better costumeThough I am a merchant, I generally try to avoid
> history books as visual
> aids, without actually making individual printouts?
> Until newcomers see
> pictures or examples of period garb, I don't know
> how they are supposed to
> tell the difference between reasonably accurate garb
> and the Lord of the
'selling' anything on list, so if this crosses the
line, I apologize.
However, my most recent project might be useful to
those of you trying to show period garb to newcomers.
[More so when I am completely finished.] I've been
working on a 'visual library' of period artwork. I
have obtained appropriate licensing for the images of
the artwork used [most is from the Art Renewal Center,
http://www.artrenewal.org to whom I paid a licensing
fee and some is public domain]. It's been a lot of
work, but the first 2 of a planned 18 CD-ROMs are
Basically, they are CD-ROMs of images of period
artwork, sorted into categories [like 'Outerwear',
'Footwear', 'Headwear', etc], with abstracts about
each image, for personal and research use. You can't
put them up on a website, or publish them [without
getting permission yourself], but you could them - or
some of them - in a class on garb or for documentation
for an A & S project.
I started the project because I know how fustrating it
is to find images of garb [or period furnishings,
jewelry, etc.] and compare them. They are there, but
gathering them all together is a lot of work. So my
idea was to do the first step for people.
I would give them away if I could, but after over 100
hours of gathering and sorting, plus the licensing
fee, I cannot do that.
But since the mention of good books on costuming came
up, I thought I ought to mention it. I originally
conceived of the idea to help a friend who is an
apprentice to a 'clothing' Laurel. I'm hoping that
others will find them useful also.
Please check them out, if you wish, at
http://store.tidbitstrinkets.com [my website] under
'Tidbit's Visual Reference Library'. The two CDs
finished are Vol. I: Women's Clothing 1178-1410 and
Vol. VI: Men's Clothing 1100-1410. The next 'pair'
[for the men and women's clothing from 1390-1460] of
CDs is almost done.
Thank you for 'hearing me out',
- --- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, "wodeford" <wodeford@...> wrote:
> From the governing documents of the SCA: "Anyone may attend Society
> events provided he or she wears an attempt at pre-17th century
>you look in a mirror before you left the house?"
> "Attempt." Not "reasonable attempt." Not "good," not "bad," not, "Did
>Words well said and just, my lady.
Jehanne of al-Barran
> In a message dated 8/22/2008 3:05:49 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,having
> madeleinedelacroix@... writes:
> <<I am giving a newcomers class very soon and was wondering how some
> of you would tactfully explain the difference between historically
> correct and fantasy garb, without sounding snarky, also without
> to print up lots of pics. I know the difference, but am tryingtofigure
> out ways to say it and not hurt anyone's feelings.>>Have you thought of a "fashion show" of sorts with pattern envelopes?
or Halloween "garb" (shudder)
If you use pattern envelopes you can point out what is wrong with them
and what is right.
Mariassa of Ashgrove
- (I may have missed some of the discussion in this thread, so I
apologize if someone's already discussed the following.)
One of the things to consider when designing a presentation of
"historic debunking" or "bad costuming to avoid" or similar themes is
the unfortunate tendency of people to retain the images or "facts"
they were presented with ... and to forget that they were being
warned _against_ those images or "facts".
If you give a thoroughly-researched and eloquently-presented lecture
saying, "People in such-and-such a context of medieval Europe did not
do X, which we know from evidence Y and Z," you can almost guarantee
that half the people who attended the lecture will remember "blah
blah medieval people blah blah did X blah blah."
If you give a slide show of Hollywood-medieval gowns, commercial
Halloween dress patterns, and egregious Ren-Fair-isms, explaining in
loving detail where the outfits diverge from historic fashion and
what aspects of them should be avoided, you can almost guarantee that
half the people watching the slide show will have stopped listening
at some point and are now thinking, "What a gorgeous dress -- I want
to look like that!"
Sometimes the best approach is simply to inundate the newcomers with
images of gorgeous historic clothing, worn by historic people with
interesting stories, so they can fasten their imaginations on looking
like _that_ and being _that_ person. Like a newly-hatched gosling
looking around for its mother, an SCA newcomer will tend to imprint
on what they're first exposed to. A lecture that focuses on "look at
these pictures and don't to that" will be more likely to confuse them
than to get them moving in the right direction.
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--- In Authentic_SCA@yahoogroups.com, Heather Rose Jones
> One of the things to consider when designing a presentation ofis
> "historic debunking" or "bad costuming to avoid" or similar themes
> the unfortunate tendency of people to retain the imagesor "facts"
> they were presented with ... and to forget that they were being<SNIP>
> warned _against_ those images or "facts".
> Sometimes the best approach is simply to inundate the newcomerswith
> images of gorgeous historic clothing, worn by historic peoplewith
> interesting stories, so they can fasten their imaginations onlooking
> like _that_ and being _that_ person. Like a newly-hatchedgosling
> looking around for its mother, an SCA newcomer will tend toimprint
> on what they're first exposed to. A lecture that focuses on "lookat
> these pictures and don't to that" will be more likely to confusethem
> than to get them moving in the right direction.I would tend to agree. Not so much because I know all kinds of cool
garb stuff, but because people respond backwards to a negative.
Example; An athelete is about to start a race, and he keeps
repeating "Don't mess up, don't mess up," he will almost invariably
blow it. Another one in the same race says, "Win, win, win," will
nearly always perform superbly (all physical and training variables
If you put focus on what is wrong, people gravitate there. Put it on
where is right, and they gravitate there. Works that way
psychologically and physically, by and large.
So just focus in your class on what is right. When they're focus is
on correct garb, that's the direction they will tend towards.
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I hope i am not asking the same question twice but I have brain damage from an accident and I am trying to find things I can do one of the things I would like to try is to build my own period tent. So I was hoping that someone here knows of a good place to buy canvas for building tents and can you tell me which canvas is the best for the raining weather of An Tir I thank you.
>I hope i am not asking the same question twice but I have brainSunforger canvas is probably best. All reputable tent suppliers I
>damage from an accident and I am trying to find things I can do one
>of the things I would like to try is to build my own period tent. So
>I was hoping that someone here knows of a good place to buy canvas
>for building tents and can you tell me which canvas is the best for
>the raining weather of An Tir I thank you.
know--from Panther to the little Amish couple who sew our
getelds--use Sunforger (a marine canvas). You can find suppliers
easily; I did a quick search and even came up with someone having a
Personal Note: I never get Sunforger that has been treated (fire
resistant, water resistant, etc.), not because it doesn't work, but I
have never found such treatments to be necessary. I've had canvas up
in dire weather, and it has come through well. The threads tend to
swell in wet weather, and it becomes more water resistant, while some
treatments--eg, Thompson'd--prevents the threads from swelling,
causing the canvas to become less water resistant and to smell
If however, someone offers mildew-resistant Sunforger, grab it! It's
usually enough to pack dry canvas or, if unabl, to dry the canvas out
when you get home before packing it away, but I've lost too much
canvas over the past coupler decades!
- In a message dated 8/27/2008 2:42:03 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<<I hope i am not asking the same question twice but I have brain damage from
an accident and I am trying to find things I can do one of the things I would
like to try is to build my own period tent. So I was hoping that someone here
knows of a good place to buy canvas for building tents and can you tell me
which canvas is the best for the raining weather of An Tir I thank you.>>
Panther Pavilions sells Sunforger canvas by the yard - this is excellent
**************It's only a deal if it's where you want to go. Find your travel
- Email I sent around a couple of years ago with information for
inexpensive Sunforger -
Despina de la the groups files are a cool place to look for things
> Please remember that I don't get a kickback for this, I'm just a happy
> From the Medieval encampments list posted by His Grace Cariadoc:
>I've done business with Itex and like them. They have high quality
>tent canvas (sunforger with all the usual treatments) at a very
>reasonable price. And they are friendly and helpful people.
>I suspect the remnants you are referring to are partial rolls of that
>canvas. They also have "remnants" at much more than 30% off--prices
>like a dollar to two dollars a yard for serious canvas.
>The remnant prices are for the whole piece, which is likely to be at
>least fifty yards and may be in the hundreds. They are colored. Itex
>generally can't tell you in much detail what treatments (mildew
>resistance, fire resistance, etc.) a remnant roll has had, although
>the person you talk to may be able to give an informed guess. And
>they will send you a sample. They will also send you a list of
>remnants, but it may or may not correspond to what they currently
>have in stock, since it doesn't seem to be revised very often, so you
>may do better by just talking to the person at the other end of the
>phone about what you need and having him see what they have.
> From Despina:
>Itex is also where I got my sunforger canvas. I got a remnant roll of
>plain canvas colored canvas (read: no color) with over 50 yards on it for
>under $200 - including shipping. We still have some of it after making
>the walls for our ger ) - and no, I'm not parting with it. We still use it for sunshades
>and such. Bob Shaver was the salesman with whom I dealt and I highly
>recommend him. His email was BShaver@... I assume it's still the same.
>Itex occasionally has an overstock of some colors (like hot pink) and cut
>the prices on that as well. It never hurts to ask.
> From another website, more info on Itex:
>Itex, in Aurora Colorado. Call the toll free info number (1-800-555-1212)
>for the toll free number. Tom Feist is the contact person, and he knows
>all about the SCA, and was very helpful on the phone. His Grace Duke
>Cariadoc shared his source for good cheap canvas with me, and I called
>them yesterday. Their prices sound wonderful--to give you an idea: 60"
>wide khaki canvas 10 oz for 2.25 per yard 60" wide natural canvas for a
>bit over $3 (my notes are at work).The catch is the fabric is actually a
>remnant, (albeit a huge one) and that you buy the entire bolt, not by the
>yard. The bolts vary, and they will be able to tell you how many yards are
>on the bolt you are buying before you purchase one. It costs about $30-$40
>to ship a bolt UPS in the United States. Most bolts are between 80 and 200
>yards, and you can put a request in for a particular color, fabric,
>weight, bolt size, etc. All this information is per the company.