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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Scriptorium Thoughts

Alright! There have been some queries in regards to my comment posted in the previous entry about a possible scriptorium at Coronation... so.... Here are a couple of my ideas...

PCS awards are often last minute and a surprise to the Crown... "oh, did you know this is So-and-So's last event?"... Once a person has PCS'd (permanent change of station in this case) the likelihood of finding that person again to actually get them their scroll is pretty small... So, it was my thought that a group of scribes, collaborating in an afternoon could turn out a handful of lovely document style (as opposed to full illuminated page style) scrolls to bestow on the Crown to have in their possession when they Progress... just in case.

There a lots of scribes out there who prefer the calligraphy over painting... if those scribes could be encouraged to write wordings, leaving margins for decoration, then scribes intimidated or uncomfortable with the calligraphy would have pieces to work on that didn't involved the dreaded "C" word... a scriptorium could also put two scribes together who might work well as a team... On the flip side of that, painters could work up capitals and perhaps even borders in an afternoon that could be traded off to calligraphers.

There's two... suggestions?... Comments?...

Trin

8 comments:

Merlyn Gabriel said...

I love this idea, just as a side note, we did try the document style only scrolls for awards that had tokens and they were not well received. People like the shiney.

But I am in favour of it and document style doesn't mean dull or boring.

I would be very happy to show people how to do filigree caps when ever.... it's pretty straight forward and you don't have to be über artiste to do them.

It's such a great idea to have a stock pile of scroll blanks because there are ALWAYS last minute scrolls and there are usually one or two scribes around to pen in names dates etc...

So Why don't we set some sort of scribal challenges? Like at coronation or for coronation each scribe bring 1 blank PCS? Or we sit and attempt to create at the scriptorium ( space pending)

It's a great idea Trin and I would love to see it work.

I also think that having scribal goals set out wold be great for scriptoriums, that way it's a common goal without secrecy. Hard to take the scroll you work on for the next event to a public scriptorium if you want to keep it all hush hush.

So...I would leave it up to the Signet to say we need X amount of X scroll blanks and then we all get to work.

coolness all around.

-bridget

Melisende Fitzwalter said...

Following on from Mistress Bridget's comment above - why not hold a bi-annual blank scroll competition at both the Coronation events. One for Calligraphy and the other for illumination. That way you will end up with half-finished scrolls of both sorts.

Just thinking aloud...

Trinite Ducalon said...

Cool! Wonderful ideas! I would say any number of PCS scrolls would come in handy. As for AoA's I would put them into another category altogether as it my personal belief that that particular award should be one of the nicest of all.

I really like the competition idea as well! Something to spark the interest of the scribes. Do you think this coronation is too close to organize one?....

Melisende Fitzwalter said...

I would say that you are probably still in time to organise something for this coronation.

You could allow both work done at the event (if a scriptorium is held) and/or work brought ready made from home. Prizes go to the winners, and all work is given to the Clerk Signet to allocate.

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Trinite Ducalon said...

Hmmmm... I think that I will! :-D Watch for the announcement very, very soon!

Trin

Merlyn Gabriel said...

I am willing to donate prizes. ( nibs and holders,) that sort of thing.

bridget

Trinite Ducalon said...

How lovely Bridget! Thank you! However... I have had no success in hearing back from the coordinators of Coronation... so I am loathe to organize a competition for their event without hearing from them first. Any ideas?