The SCA is an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our "Known World" consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more.”
Now my husband joined for the fun of the armoured combat. Where else can you make your own armour and go fight each other with sticks. I haven't made it to many of the events but I'm getting to know a lot of people and starting to try to get into the arts scene in there. I'm always been a fan of history so what better excuse to look into my interests more than finding a hobby to match.
Last summer a friend of ours approached me, she was just stepping up as Princess of Avacal, and she wanted to have me make her coronet that she would wear as Viscountess after she finished her term as Princess. Finding out I love to enamel was just the icing on the cake!
And so the designing began. We wanted to make sure the wreath of laurel leaves was included as she is a member of the Order of the Laurel (a rank of peerage within the Arts and Sciences), otherwise I was free to design as I saw fit. I wanted to stick with the Russian designs and spent a great deal of time looking searching for medieval references of jewellery styles. What I discovered was that the enamel pieces tended towards pattern and ornamentation that reminded me of some of the Russian embroidery I had seen. After going through many images I sat down and started sketching, making my own variation of these patterns which I thought would suit this piece.
Stay tuned for part 2.