2019 KWHSS Proceedings

Table of Contents

111 Medieval Italian Towns (Proceedings Article PDF)

by Eleazar ha-Levi

The article "Jewish Scribes in Medieval Italy" in Alexander Marx Jubilee Volume (published by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1950) lists almost 500 Jewish scribes who lived in Italy between 900 and 1600 and whose works still survived in 1950. The existing works were listed, and a number of these included the name of the town in which the work was written. While cities like Rome, Venice, Florence, or Naples hardly need to be documented, the information in these manuscripts documents many other, smaller towns. I have listed the towns, the documentation (sometimes more than one work), and the location, of these towns for use in developing topographic bynames.

Analyzing an Exemplar (Class Handout PDF)

by HE Maestro Christoforo Alfonso Pallavincino da Firenze, OL

Your scrolls look good, but aren't *quite* there as for looking period. It's nice, but something seems off; you want it to look nearly identical, especially for A&S competition. In this class we look at proportions, illumination, text, and the interplay of all those elements in exemplars, so when held up next to the exemplar it is hard to tell the difference.

Asian Award Design (Class Handout PDF)

by HE Maestro Christoforo Alfonso Pallavincino de Firenze, OL

Japanese and Chinese didn't have scrolls and awards as we commonly see in the SCA. Find out the fun and interesting ways to make awards for your Asian personals more period for them. Fans, Shikishi, and other methods of award "scrolls" are shown and discussed

Developing Your Period Eye (Class Handout PDF)

by THL Cecily of York

How can you give your scrolls a more period look? By looking at numerous side-by-side examples, we cover materials, script choice, layout, proportions, color, and outlining.

Dispatches from the Future (Class Slides PDF)

by THL Saito Takauji

In 2018, The Royal Manticoran Navy, Inc. - the Official Honor Harrington Fan Club, started its own College of Arms. Half of the current Kings of Arms are SCA, and as it goes through its own growing pain the new College is in some ways replicating the SCA College's own early years. Those growing pains can help us understand how the SCA College of Arms grew into what it is, and also provide amusing discussion for new and experienced heralds alike. Class will include a visit from TRMN's Gryphon King of Arms.

Drawing Faces and Hands (Class Handout PDF)

by THL Cecily of York

Faces and hands are notoriously tricky to get right. This class covers the basic proportions and anatomy of each, strategies for drawing them quickly, as well as look at examples throug the medieval period.

Drawing People (Class Handout PDF)

by THL Cecily of York

This class will help you get your people to look a little more like people, covering basic anatomy, gesture, and proportions, as well as examining medieval examples through the period.

German Onomastics: Family Names and Bynames (Proceedings Article PDF)

by Gotfrid von Schwaben

Translations from various German onomastic references by Kunze, Seibicke, Socin, and Naumann on the subject of family names, and the development of various types of bynames

Highland Place Names from West Aberdeenshire, Scotland (Proceedings Article PDF)

by Lillia de Vaux, Crampette Herault

This article includes 12th-17th century Scots place-names from West Aberdeenshire, in the Scottish Highlands, along with etymological information (sometimes conjectural). These names can be used in locative bynames, household names, and other types of nonpersonal names.

Ink and Paper Testing (Proceedings Article PDF)

by Calamus of Northshield

Testing of 22 inks on 27 types and styles of writing surfaces, with the further option to addendum more inks and surfaces as fit the experiment and time. Included are various styles and brands of surfaces, and various types of inks both commercial and hand-made. Report will include pictures of the results as well as summations and opinions of the various combinations as well as open ended questions related to future studies.

Making Basic Period Pigments at Home (Class Handout PDF)

by Mistress Aiden Cocrinn, OL

With a trip to the grocery store and the hardware store, anyone can begin making period pigments. Learn the basics of making simple black, blue, red, yellow and green pigments as well as oak and walnut gall ink at home without poisoning yourself. These recipes take period pigments, redact their chemistry and find materials in our modern lives that work. This is "how to cheat" not "how to do it like a Medieval Scribe."

Making Paintbrushes (Class Handout PDF)

by Marion Forester

We'll use the instructions contained in Cennini's The Craftsman's Handbook to make paintbrushes using period materials. You can make several paintbrushes inthe time available.

Making Period Pigments for Illumination (PDF)

by Marion Forester

We'll grind some materials for pigments and talk about how to make the materials. Then we will make paint with the materials you've ground! Materials we can work with are malachite and azurite, lake pigments, and several sources of black carbon based materials such as bone, ivory, peach pits, and almond shells. You will have seashells of paint to take home.

Marginalia throughout the Ages (Class Handout PDF)

by THL Clydwyn Gwehydd

Marginalia, including grotesques, flowers, the birds and the bees, are here to give your scrolls that extra pop to draw in the recipient. The class will focus on how marginalia changes through the ages and will have examples from various times and locations.

Creating a Black Hours-Style Scroll (Class Handout PDF)

by Mistress Aiden Cocrinn, OL

The instructor has created a Morgan Black Hours scroll from the ground up, including dyeing the vellum using oak gall ink. She has also reproduced a Sforza Hours scroll on Arches Black paper. Learn what worked and what did not, tips and tricks, and some of the mysterious history of the few remaining Black Hours works. Included will be the latest in high-tech examination of the works as they are restored. If possible, the instuctor will bring the Morgan Black Hours scroll she created for the class to see.

Personalizing Scrolls (Class Handout PDF)

by THL Clydwyn Gwehydd

When and how to use marginalia devices, motifs, and badges to personalize scrolls.

Poetic Scroll Texts and Sources (Class Handout PDF)

by THL Saito Takauji

There is life beyond writs! Taking period forms of poetry and using them to create moving scroll texts is easier than it seems. By going through some more accessible poetic sources, you can make a text whose recipient will never tire of reading it. Whether you're a Beg. or an expert poet or text author, you will leave this class with new resources and examples.