Tuesday, October 2, 2007
So here's a good start. Some pretty pictures!
Friday, September 7, 2007
For silk banner making, I learned everything I know from Ms Hunydd, for heraldic display, I have just picked up bits and pieces along the way, researched fragments and made some banners. There are some out there who are way better versed on the subject that I.
However, seeing as I've been asked, I'll attempt an answer.
Wishwords, over at the heraldicdisplay LJ community, asked "Could you do a post explaining how you decided on the various banner designs? What period guidelines influenced you? How do you decide which device goes where on mixed heraldry?"
And all the past Baron and Baronesses of Rowany
So, as you might imagine, creating a look that is unifying yet unique provided some difficulties. To solve the problem, we decided to have the Lochac populace badge (Lochac device without laurel and crown) on the hoist. Then we decided that green and white are the predominant colours for Rowany and we should use them as well down the fly.
Now usually, it is period practice to have the main charge of the device over the background of the fly colours. However, in this instance, where we had issues with mixed heraldry, we often found that we had an argent charge that we wouldn't be able to separate from the field, making for less effective heraldry and display. To overcome that problem, we opted to put the main charge of the individuals' devices over one of the main colours from their device (except for Hrothgar, where we used vairy en point...which was hugely effective). From what I can tell, this is not period practice, however, for the purposes of this project, it seemed to be the best solution, given the time constraint that we had.
To keep with a Rowany theme, we found some pilgrim badges, which we adapted and used along the fly.I cannot remember which website this picture came from. If you know, please tell me so I can attribute the right people.
So this is basically what we did. I will post again soon with some research, however, if you look at the links in my sidebar, you will find more answers there.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
The other project is some silk banners for Shadowfall, which Mog and I will work on over summer (I have neglected uni and need to knuckle down on that now).
There is also Kasiian's personal banner which I need to make.
And if you're wondering? No, I don't take orders.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Hopefully there will be some photos of them at the feast...
Here it is in action at the Gods and Monsters Tournament at Rowany 25. That would be it next to the Lochac banner and above the Rowany one (same pole, I was running out...).
And here it is at my pelican ceremony, between Hrothgar and MoG.
These aren't the best examples to notice the difference pre and post steaming, but you do get to see them in action...
These were taken at the Heraldic Tournament in Stowe that Kasiian and I ran. Here you can See Master Baron Kasiian with his herald, Llewen the Unruly and his Lady, me.
I made the tabbards, the roll (I am stuck for the word for it at the moment, will edit it in later) around Kasiian's helm and my sideless surcoat (with some help from Hunydd). Those are supposed to be Maltese crosses on my dress (which are painted on), not stars (oh, if only I knew then what I know now) and painted Kasiian's shield for him. It's pretty basic, but it does the trick. Don't we look triffic?
And here is El Barone again...cute, inne?
The next is a different Gonfalon. When Helene and Hrothgar were stepping up, they asked for a banner from each Peer, Household and sub-group. I decided Stowe should have a display banner. This one is quartered featuring design elements of both Stowe and Rowany devices and on the reverse is a large Stowe device.
It's not the best photo and I didn't get one of the reverse side. But you get the general idea. This one was researched (and I will have to go and dig it up now). It was designed by me and Ladies Hunydd and Kaedhlin assisted with the making of it. Both this one and the one above are machine appliqued and made using drill, except for the tree trunks which are something funky Hunydd found and give nice texture to the trees.
This one remains my favourite.
The division through the centre of the standard is embattled. I can't say I have seen many examples of a treated division in my research, but as the embattlements are part of the Stowe device, I decided to go with it, purely because it would look cool. The sun in splendour isn't a part of the Stowe device. Usually, she peeps up from behind the embattlements, so in this instance, I decided that we would see the rest of the sun and use it as a badge instead.
This standard gets out and about, usually on the warfield at Festival. I am still quite happy with it...
So this is Keridwen's...
With the Baron's Bodacious Bottles o Beautiful Bock (Kasiian's gift) and the MoG box in the background (MoG's gift).
Again, this pennant isn't researched, it was made from the same materials and paint used for the Shadowfall pennants. For the mottos, I used Adobe Illustrator to blow up the motto and mouse, using a 'gothic' font for the motto, which is 'Build It And They Will Come', something Mouse said frequently during their reign, but highly apt when you consider that she said it to us and this is a gift from Stowe.
I was really pleased with this banner and I think Viscountess Mistress Keridwen thought it was alright, too.
So this is a spot where I can keep everything together. Photos, research, links etc. If anyone else finds this a helpful resource, then awesome.