Re: [MedievalSawdust] Period Methods & A & S Judging
- Every time I hear this "A&S as emotionally disturbing trial by combat" debate I am minded of my good friend Avery's comment of many years ago..."It's not a *competition*... its an *EXHIBITION*"..Bottom line... A&S is what you choose to make it. If you want to put your stuff out for strokes or "constructive criticism" remember that you must brace yourself for the potential babble of the great unwashed... on the other hand... if you chose to cloister yourself and consult with only the three principle personal pronouns... well... you may still be seeking council from the great unwashed...So... stop worrying about it. Just get out there and do it... let the chips, splinters and shavings fall where they may.Chas.
- Iain,I am with both you and Brian Broadaxe, I detest "People's Choice" because it rarely goes to the best item, but often it goes to the fanciest scroll or most glitzy Tudor dress or spiffy looking armour.I also understand Brian's frustration with documentation being too much of the total. I was the author of the current system of judging criteria that Drachenwald uses. Documentation and Workmanship are each 30% of the total (making 60% from these two), with 20% being Authenticity, 10% for Complexity, and the final 10% for overall Aesthetic value.So, a well executed item using authentic materials, tools, and techniques, should always outscore a poorly made item, especially a poorly made one that is done with modern tools, techniques, and materials.Depending on the location of the display, the people's choice may be a little better but that will only be an event where A&S is the focus and the majority of folks understand the difficulties of well made items. You can certainly educate folks, but it takes time.cheers,Terafan
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of i_odlin
Sent: Saturday, September 01, 2007 1:46 PM
Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Re: Period Methods & A & S Judging
Colin "AlbionWood" wrote:
>If you really must have some competitiveaspect, you could allow
>"people's choice" awards or thelike.
Perhaps I'm alone in this, but I dislike "People's Choice"
competitions even more than the run-of-the-mill A&S display.
One could more honestly call them "OOH, SHINY!" competitions,
as the winner is invariably the most gaudy item present, no
matter how well made or well researched anything else is.
Hand-stitched that perfect 'St Louis' shirt from linen you wove
(on a loom you built) from flax you grew, harvested and processed
yourself? Whatever! The winner is: This machine-stitched wench
outfit in colourful acetate velvet that a child went nuts on with
a 'Bedazzler' kit! Yay!