Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tuesday tidbits - 12th Night 2015


...in which our plucky heroine heads south to An Tir 12th Night in Adiantum, where the only thing greater than the splendor of the decorations is the warmth and goodness of the people there...

As these huge painted banners were on a far wall, it was difficult to get a good clear image, but they covered the high wall above the fireplace in the hotel lobby.

This large banner gives a better idea of the level of painted details, as it was hanging in the stairwell...

The hotel spa was turned into a Roman bath house for the event, complete with canvas floorcloth "mosaics"

The main lobby of the hotel, with some of the renowned Adiantum window decorations in place...

Silhouettes of people give some idea of the scale of the windows...

The sitting room off the main lobby was decorated with these larger than life portraits of notables from An Tir history: Janeltis Karaine Starfollower, Steingrim Stallari, Torgul Steingrimsson, and Lao Yu. I feel very fortunate to have been able to meet all four of these folk at various times in my life here in our fair Kingdom of An Tir.

my friend Marian, one of the two event stewards in charge of An Tir 12th Night this year, posted this quick clip of walking through the hallways from Court to the hotel restaurant Saturday evening...

On Saturday night, Raven took us to the Labyrinth, a space of quiet reflection and inner journey that was set up in a small corner room above the main hall. (I lightened the photo a bit so as to show the floorcloth design) It was a special and peaceful counterbalance to the bustle, business, and conviviality of the event...

Looking out the windows into the night, while walking the Labyrinth, the pattern and lights were reflected in the air above the river in an absolutely enchanting way...

outside the elevator to the second floor, the rustic wall art of the hotel was given a new look with miniature figurines of knights in armor, and a few additional characters...

Elizabeth Blackdane, my friend who was honored and elevated at this event, to become a member of the Order of the Laurel. My previous post detailed the bee skep edible subtlety I made for her vigil party. She, with some happy assistance from friends of hers, made all the clothing she is wearing here. Her gown is of brocade in an allover diaper pattern of bees and is partially hand beaded. The level of knowledge, ability, and effort that she sustains and teaches is remarkable, and she is well worthy of her elevation!

an interlude of music and dance during court... my old friend Elizabeth Piper is playing recorder in the dance band...

My friend Liaden, looking very beautiful in her new silk clothing; many folks either make or commission new beautiful party clothing for this event, which is the largest wintertime event in our kingdom, and her clothes here were the work of my other local friends who run Wardrobe Design Studio.
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for my non SCA friends:  An Tir is a Kingdom in the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), a non-profit educational society dedicated to the recreation of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Kingdom of An Tir includes Oregon, Washington, the northern tip of Idaho, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon, and the Northwest territories. Adiantum is the branch that is located in the area surrounding and including Eugene, Oregon.

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