The setting up was relatively easy to do. I proposed it at a Carolingian Calligrapher's guild meeting, people thought it was a good idea, and so I submitted a request to the coordinator and she said yes. Cool.
Eleanor and I came up with the write up and we sent it out willy and nilly to people.
Afternoon Art: All Things Scribal (2400) @ Pennsic
Nataliia and Eleanor are hosting (along with other members of the Carolingian Calligraphers' Guild) a drop-in scribal afternoon at Pennsic, middle Saturday, 12:30-4:30, Artisan's Row B. Please feel free to drop in with any scribal questions, beginner or more advanced. We will have some materials and resources with us, and you are welcome to bring current projects, images of prior work or works in progress, etc to just work side by side or get some feedback and guidance. This is intentionally a drop-in, with no obligation to come at any particular time or stay for any particular duration, and our topics will depend on those who attend.
Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova: Nataliia has been a scribe for the East Kingdom for over fifteen years. She is mainly an illuminator, specializing in portraiture and the use of period paints. Recently, she has also been experimenting with making her own paint brushes. Over the years, she has illuminated in many styles, representing a wide array of periods and cultures. She is a Companion of the Order of the Maunche in the East Kingdom, primarily for her illumination. She has also been working on her calligraphy in her spare time. Mundanely, she has a degree in Art History and Art Studio.
Eleanor Catlyng: Eleanor began working on scrolls for the East Kingdom for over twenty years, but began calligraphing much earlier, when she received a calligraphy kit for her tenth birthday. She specializes in late period hands, but has done a wide variety of hands from all periods and many cultures (including hieroglyphics on real papyrus!) over the years. She sometimes illuminates when she cannot talk Nataliia or others into doing it. Occasionally, she stops calligraphing long enough for Nataliia to teach her about painting, too. She is also a Companion of the Maunche and Laurel for her work in this field.
I only have been able to grab two photos of what happened. Photos by Brita Svensdottir.
Eleanor and Eva Woderose were the calligraphy gurus, and I took on anyone needing help with painting, but we both crossed over to help and advise anyone who came in.
The photo below is Eleanor showing some calligraphy examples, with some people working on painting, with paints that I laid out and showing people easier ways to do things. By the looks of things, Brita had just stood up and was taking the picture after she was able to practice some calligraphy and then paint the badge for the Golden Rapier.
Thoughts for next year: Eva, Eleanor and I kicked around some ideas. One is to just have the three of us set up working on specific pieces much in a scriptorium style and talk about our pieces, our choices, and show our techniques. Another thought is to provide a topic each hour (research the first hour, layout the next, inking the next, calligraphy the next, painting the next, etc) so that we have some structure to the time.