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Arts and Sciences in the SCA is the pursuit of beauty and practicality through the skills and crafts that existed in period. and are practiced by members of the society. This can include making items through period methods (such as sewing, brewing, or woodwork), or can take the form of performance of period skills (for example, dancing, singing or rapier). The pursuit of Arts and Sciences is the premier way that we recreate the medieval world, and it increases the honour and prestige of our Barony through displays of the excellence of its members.
People in Rowany practice a variety of skills and crafts. From costuming and cooking, through singing, dance, embroidery, woodwork, leather-work, armouring, millinery, calligraphy and illumination, brewing, to period timekeeping, table-setting, astronomy, shoe-making, coopering, equestrian arts – the list goes on and on! If there’s anything that was made or done during the SCA period that you’re interested in, the chances are we’ve got someone who’s tried it and can give you some pointers.
Knowledge is shared through informal gatherings, specific classes and workshops, or through simply asking someone how they made something similar. Most people who make things or have a specific skill are happy to talk about what they’ve done and share their ideas and enthusiasm. Arts and Sciences is strongly influenced by individual research into areas of interest which can then be shared with, or taught to, others.
Mistress Clara van der Maes is Rowany’s Arts and Sciences Officer. The Arts and Sciences officer is responsible for keeping an overview of Arts and Sciences activities in the Barony, for setting up any competitions for events, and ensuring that people who want to learn or practice specific crafts and skills can find someone to give them advice or teaching. She can be emailed through the contact page.
If you’re interested in being involved in Arts and Sciences activities you can:
- attend our regular A&S sessions at Dence Park in Epping or on Tuesday evenings at Petersham
- subscribe to the Barony’s A&S newsletter
- participate in our monthly A&S challenges and displays
- fill in the Baronial A&S survey so we can match up people with similar skills and interests
- keep an eye out for workshops or drop-in sessions, or
- ask the A&S officer for advice.
The Order of the Berries
The Order recognises members of the Barony who have demonstrated skill and excellence in the Arts and Sciences. Members are added to the order by recommendation to the Baron and Baroness, and formally recognised during Baronial courts. The badge of the order is: Two rowan leaves conjoined vert, pendant therefrom three berries gules. New members of the order are presented with a pouch displaying this badge, and are encouraged to make a replacement pouch to be handed to future members.
Monthly A&S Newsletter
The Barony publishes a short newsletter each month to keep everyone in touch with what’s going on in A&S in the Barony, to showcase the work of Baronial artisans, and to share interesting resources found on the internet or across Sydney.
You will need to subscribe to receive the newsletter. Your details will not be shared for any purpose other than sending out this newsletter.