Laurel Art Challenge

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When: Saturday November 3, 2018 at Calafia Anniversary

Where: El Monte County Park: 15805 El Monte Road, Lakeside, California 92040

What: Laurels will issue a challenge in an area of their expertise and/or interest, wherein anyone may answer any challenge and all successful challengers will receive a prize from the sponsoring Laurel.

  • No judging, no scores, no overall winners.
  • Documentation may be needed for specific challenges.
  • Items should have been completed within the past year.
  • If you wish, there will be an opportunity to discuss your work with the sponsoring Laurel.
  • Laurel challenges are defined by each sponsoring Laurel.  If you have any questions, please let us know and we’ll find an answer.  

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The Challenges:

A Saint’s Victuals

Sponsor: Maestra Claudia Prima

Challenge: Create a period dish inspired by your persona’s favorite Saint. If your persona doesn’t have a saint choose your favorite god or goddess. Explain why you chose this dish for your Saint/god


Mistery of Grocers of our City of London: 
Sponsor: Master Alesone Gray of Cranlegh

Part food, part science; make something that would have been purchased from a London Grocer. The Grocers controlled the raw ingredients, quality of services and the people who sold the medicinals, confections and spices to the public. You may create anything specified in the 1447 London Grocers’ patent. This includes any electuaries, syrups, waters, oils, ointments, plasters, powders, and all conserves and confections. You may also opt to write a paper of 10 pages or more on the topic of research and making something from the patent. Documentation should include a period recipe, modern redaction, all ingredients, process, failures, success and the things you learned. I am not looking for perfection. I am looking for process.

*NOTE: Please do not use recipes that use poppies, poppy seeds, hemp or anything in the cannabis family, as I am HIGHLY allergic to these items.


Sugar Experimente
Sponsor: Master Alesone Gray of Cranlegh

Make something using a period sugar from any time period up to 1610. This can include beverages, confections, preserves, food (sweet or savory). Documentation should include a period recipe, modern redaction, all ingredients, process, failures, success and the things you learned. Documentation should also include the type of sugar used and why they were selected. I am not looking for perfection. I am looking for process.

*NOTE: Please do not use recipes that use poppies, poppy seeds, hemp or anything in the cannabis family, as I am HIGHLY allergic to these items.


Illuminating the World
Sponsor: Baroness Aliskye Rosel

Design and paint an illumination based on a specific page or illuminated manuscript. Use the specific page or manuscript as inspiration or copy it, as you chose. Illumination can be (but does not have to be) an award scroll. Please bring a copy of your inspiration piece as well as the source (date and location). Additional documentation is optional. If there is interest, there will be a round-table discussion on the challengers’ work and/or general scribal matters.


Stitch by Stitch
Sponsor: Mistress Whilja de Gothia

Fully handsew at least one piece, by only using pre 16th c period materials proper to the culture of choice (silk, wool, linen, fustian). Accessories are allowed (veils, aprons, hats, bags etc) but must be made out of fabric. A sewing machine is not allowed to be used.

Documentation should include
– inspiration (extant piece, painting, illumination or woodcut), time period, country and culture (if applicable), as well as photo creds.
– material documentation (fabric and thread).
– Additional documentation is a plus

Successful challengers will receive handsewing supplies.


Heavy Metal
Sponsor: Countess Albra Katerine Marie Isabel Bautiste

Using a metal thread embroidery style from 16th century Europe or turkey—-challengers to work a pair of initials worked on top of either linen or velveteen. Extra credit if made into an item of clothing that might have been worn in that time period—a sash , gloves, handkerchief, slippers.

Successful challengers with receive some jewelry bits —a little bronze and semi-precious stone dangle —suitable for a pin or pendant.


Write it up
Sponsor: Mistress Liudmila Vladimirova doch

Document one period item you have created but not previously documented, in any art form. Extra credit for documenting period performance. Must cite at least three sources. Documentation is to follow guidelines set in the Pentathlon handbook. Grammar and style do not matter for this challenge, as long as the content is understandable.

Successful challengers will recieve freshwater pearl strands, treats, and Pentathlon documentation assistance with grammar, style, etc. for up to five items.


Considering the Cantigas
Sponsor: Baroness Finella Harper

Choose one of the Cantigas de Santa Maria and perform it. You can sing it acapella, play it on an instrument, or sing it with accompaniment.

Please document it by answering the following questions: Where did you get the music from? (Include a copy) How did you choose your method of performance (voice, instrument, etc.)? How did you decide to arrange the piece for performance (did you go straight through the music version you chose, did you choose particular verses, and if so how did you choose, did you add an improvised prelude, etc.)? If you are using an instrumental accompaniment or performing instrumentally, how did you decide what to play on the instrument (are you following the vocal line on the score you chose, did you add some kind of embellishment or accompaniment line, and if so, how did you choose what to do)?


Eyes like a falcon, heart like a lion, feet like a hind – spring, strive, and be not fooled**(In reference to the fighting doctrine of Paulus Kal, CGM 1507, folio 6r, translated by Christian Tobler)
Sponsor: Duke Guillaume de Belgique

Challenge: Create and present a fighting scenario based on historical reference or documentation, fighting using a system of “armor as worn” rules consistent with SCA marshallate regulations and safety requirements.

Concept: In this challenge, fighters (presumably two, although larger group/melee combat would be acceptable with appropriate documentation) will replicate a specific combative duel, encounter, or bout with arms and armor appropriate to the scenario and period (as much as possible) in order to present a historically realistic reproduction of an actual armed combat, or of a style of combat described within a chronicle, romance, or fighting manual.

Basic rules:
In such a fighting encounter, the realistic effects of historical weaponry, and its effect upon appropriate armor should be considered. Basic expectations for this are:
Plate armor should be largely proof against any weapon/attack.
Mail armor should be defeated primarily by thrusting weapons, and is proof against attacks or strikes by bladed weapons.
“Soft” armor – leather, thick padded textile, and similar materials are defeated by any standard strike or thrust appropriate to SCA combat.
Unarmored zones – bare skin, single-layer textile, or non-historical materials (foam, plastic, aluminum) are defeated by even “light” weapon contact.
(These are basic guidelines. Specific details can be added, and should be based upon documentation of the expectations or results of historical combat.)

Fighters should wear armor and use arms appropriate to the period of the combat they are replicating. For example:
Reproduction of a Viking-era duel should be done in mail shirts and spangen helms, with round shields and appropriate weapons, such as swords, short axes, or spears held in one hand;
Reproduction of a combat from a 12th or 13th century Arthurian romance should be done wearing mail armor, great helms, and heater or kite shields, or with a lance in both hands;
Reproduction of a combat from a 15th century fighting manual should be done in plate armor, using two-handed swords or pollaxes.
(These are just a few suggestions. Other styles or periods of duels or combats could be studied and presented.)

Fighting should be based on research and documentation. This could be the techniques and conditions of a duel, as described in a fighting manual; the weapons and techniques of a foot combat described in a romance or epic poem; the details of a joust or passage at arms set down in a historical chronicle; or an illumination or depiction of a combat or duel found in any of these sources.
The goal of the fighters should be that the on-the-field combat should, as much as practical (and safe), match the description, depiction, and/or techniques drawn from the documentation.
Documentation need not be lengthy or extensive – simple evidence of the period, techniques, and equipment being replicated (in either visual or textual form) is sufficient.

“This I will praise”
Fighters will earn renown in this challenge as a result of how well they reproduce the historical detail and spirit of the combat they are presenting. This is not an assessment of fighting skill (i.e., it doesn’t matter who wins, or loses, the fighting challenge).