Merouda Pendray, humble scribe, greets all that shall read this missive.
My primary area of study remains the divers book arts. While all scrolls are valuable as 21st century pieces of art, the best scrolls require not only artistic skill, but also research into:
*Illumination (the visual forms)
*Calligraphy (the letter forms)
*Paleography (how the letter forms were used)
*Period document formulary (how documents were worded) *Materials (period paints and inks, et cetera)
*Tools (brushes, quills, et cetera)
*SCA protocol, heraldry, and tradition (appropriate wording, citation of appropriate rights, et cetera)
*The recipient him/herself (his/her heraldry, other awards, persona, personal preferences)
Many of these areas can be further subdivided, but this list is enough for this discussion. It was this recognition that a scroll is actually a very complex piece of art, a work culling information from many, many academic and cultural areas that led me into ever-more diverse areas of study. The more widely researched you are, the better a scribe you will be.
So also is this true of all other disciplines.
I am interested in a wide range of the peaceable arts. I have tried armored combat, rapier fighting, and archery, and I have autocratted events and held offices, but my heart belongs to those arts and sciences that serve the pleasantries of Court rather than the rigors of War.
Thus, I also study social history, heraldry, costuming, embroidery, cookery, music, all aspects of painting, all aspects of bookmaking, lacemaking, herbalism, soap and candlemaking, poetry, and a plethora of other things. I'm better at some than at others, but in the end, I'm interested in everything, even down to blacksmithing, in the hopes that I can make some period nails to build a period chest, which will be decorated with period paints... you get the idea.
I am a Tudor Protestant from Cornwall in my primary persona, but I also enjoy portraying earlier English periods: the era of the Lancastrian Kings and the era of Matilda/Stephen.
I was apprenticed to Mistress Bronwyn ferch Gwyn ap Rhys.
My homepage is http://www.merouda.com.
I have received the following honors:
The Kingdom of the Middle
The Order of the Laurel (C&I, related divers arts)
The Order of the Willow (Calligraphy and Illumination)
The Order of the Silver Oak (Scribal Chemistry)
The Award of the Purple Fret (Scribal Service)
Award of Arms (Divers Arts and Services)
The Kingdom of Northshield
The Order of the Aegis (Scribal Arts)*
The Order of the Saltire (teaching far and wide)*
The Scroll of Honor (Scribal service)*
*grandfathered from the Principality orders to the Kingdom orders.
The Principality of Northshield
The Order of the Northern Cross (Service, scribal and otherwise)
The Barony of Caer Anterth Mawr
The Baronial Brassard (newcomers)
The Whistling Swan (Scribal Arts)