History of Henna
Instructor - Lady Kerstyn Gartenier
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." - Albert Einstein
The history of henna includes more than 9,000 years and 60 countries. The use of henna spans many cultures: Hindu and Moslem certainly, but has been practiced by Egyptians, Jews, and Christians as well.
The use of henna has been primarily practiced by women and has been shrouded in secrecy for many hundreds of years. Ritual. Erotic. Mystical. Private. As we have found is true in culinary history, so is the history of henna: recipes, traditions, and practices were passed down as an oral tradition.
Following that oral tradition, this is a lecture class. Please come and make yourself comfortable as we discuss the beautiful and mysterious art of henna.
Medieval Mud Class
Instructor - Lady Kerstyn Gartenierin
Beautiful and functional pottery pieces can be made without using a pottery wheel. We will learn hand-building techniques such as the coil and pinch methods; student artists will create pieces using these techniques.
Pinching a pot is one of the oldest methods for making a clay vessel. The results can be primitive or very symmetrical and fine. Pinch pots can be small, made with the pinching of fingers and thumb or can be large, made by pinching the clay between fists. Whatever the size, this method has stood the test of time and is still used today by functional and decorative potters and clay artists the world over.
The coil, another ancient clay construction method, can be used alone or in combination with pinching to make all kinds of forms. Coils are often used when more clay needs to be added to increase the size of a smaller vessel. Coils can be smoothed or left as a decorative element.
After class, projects will be taken by the instructor then fired, glazed and returned to students in a few weeks at an event.
This is a hands-on clay class, specifically designed for beginners.
Materials fee: $10
Instructor - Master Geoffery
Greetings unto the populace of Meridies,
I am very happy to announce that at Kingdom A&S I will be holding the next of my chair making workshops. The goal of this workshop will be to provide the populace of Meridies with a venue to make a period looking wooden chair that is light weight, and packs down flat for easy transport.
I will be supplying all of the materials, tools, patterns, and know-how for you to cut out and fit together a wooden chair. The workshop will run all day long, but will have only four slots open at any given time, with a total of 10 slots. The expected amount of time required by each student will be about 2 hours, then the slot will open for the next student who is standing there ready to start. This is not so much a class as it is a workshop, and the goal is assist you in doing the main portion of making your own wooden chair. At the end of your session you will receive instructions on how to sand, stain and seal your chair at your own home.
The cost of this workshop will be $30. That will cover the cost of all materials, tool use, and the assistance required to produce your new chair. All you will need is $30 and the willingness to take instructions, to put forth a little effort, and 2 hours of your time. At the end you will have a nice chair to set next to the fire in your camp or by the tourney field,
and thereby improve the ambiance of our fair kingdom. To see the results of some other chair work shops please click, on the following links: Foxes 2011<http://www.house-excelsior.com/excelsior-a-s/foxes-chair-workshop/> Red Tower 2011<http://www.house-excelsior.com/excelsior-a-s/red-tower-chair-workshop/> Magna Faire 2011<http://www.house-excelsior.com/excelsior-a-s/magnafaire-chair-workshop/>
I hope to see you there, but if not, then look for this workshop to happen again, at various events in the upcoming future.
Creating/ Developing an SCA Project: Guidelines to Make Your Project a Success
Instructor - Mistress Dominica
This class is designed to help members of the SCA think through the process of developing an SCA project. I will discuss the following topics:
Idea Generation [where do ideas come from]
Project Conceptualization [how to take your ideas and make them into projects]
Research [what is the level of research needed for your project]
Design [what are the tool, materials and techniques needed for your project]
It is useful for all types of artisans (costuming, fiber arts, pottery, metal work and armoring, etc.) and for at all levels of experience (from beginner to advanced artisan).