scavard at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 5 13:10:25 PST 2001
It's dance season. We are running dancing at Twelfth Night, will be
teaching another track of classes at University, Ymir and the Symposium are
both coming up in the next couple of months. We're doing all sorts of stuff
at the local *and* kingdom level. To be blunt, we're busy.
We have heraldry. A gold unicorned seahorse (aka "Spike") laying across a
white zig-zag (called "a dance" in heraldeese) all on a blue field. There's
a nice full-color rendering on the website, courtesy of Bran and Bryan. The
URL is http://isenfir.org/academie/badges.htm It's pretty, it's spiff, and
most importantly, IT'S OURS!
At last year's Symposium, we had a few REALLY LONG baldrics, and Victoria
spent all night and part of the morning embroidering our badge n them so our
instructors could wear them that day. To the best of my knowledge, there
are only 3 or 4 of them out there. It's been nearly a year, and as far as I
can tell, other than a medallian made by Bryan's lady for him to wear, the
baldrics are the only things we've got with our heraldry on it.
I would like to issue an Academie-wide appeal for artisans, embroiders, or
other folks who are particularly handy with brushes and canvas, needles and
thread, fabric, embroidering machines, and the like. WE NEED STUFF! :)
We need more baldrics, so our instructors or dance masters/mistresses will
have something to wear when they're doing their thing. Ideally, everybody
who teaches a class or runs a ball would have a baldric of their own. We
need belt favors, lapel pins, wrist ties, STUFF that all of our members can
wear to say to the world (and to each other), "I'm in the Academie!" We
need banners, bunting, flags flying in the wind, stuff that announces to
everyone "the Academie is here!"
Okay, okay. I know it sounds like a lot of rah-rah, but doggonit, a bunch
of us who were tickled pink when our Dancing Spike passed Laurel, and we've
talked a lot in private about how to use our badge. I would like to think
that now is a good time for us to move forward and actually put our badge to
We are looking for ideas, and we are looking for people who will have the
time and/or resources to turn some of those ideas into STUFF. Our target
date should be to have them ready by the Symposium (Feb 9th), but if we can
get them by Twelfth Night (Jan 5th), mores the better.
I will be meeting with a local artisan tonight to try to commission him to
make a banner for us. Something that we can display at the Symposium.
Victoria has offered the use of her embroidery machine (she's already got
the badge programmed), and has stated that she would be willing to embroider
the badge onto anything that folks give her. (Hint, if we can get her some
blank baldrics, she can probably take it from there. Contact her or me if
you need the specifics.)
Let's get this ball rolling, who will be the first with a suggestion or an
Lord Edvard Gayer, Secretary
L'Academie Atlantienne de la Danse
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