by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
For the past seven years, the A&S Display has been the “place to be” for those wishing to share their projects with the Known World, as well as those seeking inspiration. This year was no exception. This year, over 250 displays were featured from thirteen kingdoms. Unlike last year, the displays were not grouped by kingdom. According to Ygraine of Preston, the display’s organizer, some kingdoms had many entries while others had relatively few, and “if you wanted to see just your kingdom’s artisans, you could do that at home.” It was hoped that mixing up the entries would encourage artisans to “mix it up.”
There were a wide variety of objects on display, from artisans attending their first event or first projects to Laurels with 30+ years of experience. There were a number of entries where a number of artisans had collaborated as well. “It was a lovely mix—everyone has been very encouraging and enthusiastic.” Indeed, some who viewed the exhibits, including Royalty, left comments and tokens for the entries that inspired them most. As usual with this display, there were many astounding projects; the photos that appear with this story are only a tiny sampling of the many items on display yesterday.
The event could not have happened without the help of many people who showed up when the display opened for setup at 7 am, and Ygraine wished to express her thanks to all those who pitched in.
Photo by Magistra Nicolaa de Bracton
One of the group projects was contributed by the Royal City of Eoforwic in Ealdormere. The Baron and Baroness of Septentria asked all groups to contribute at least one entry in this year’s display, and Eoforwic decided on a group project, this processional canopy based on a 16th century Italian example. It was handsewn from red linen, with the embroidered arms of each canton and hand-turned wooden poles.