Research and Classes

Lanea on Feb 14th 2016

Please feel free to utilize my work, but remember to respect it as well.  I copyright all of my songs, poetry, and classes.  If you wish to teach a class of mine, please let me know where and when you plan to teach it, and let me know how it goes!  I love feedback.  I love questions.  I love learning and teaching and performing and I hope you do as well.  I regularly update my class packets before teaching them again, so check back for the updated packets as time goes on.

Current Classes

The Academic Bard: Learn about melding historical and mythological research, the traditions and happenings in your kingdom or household, and your innate musical ability and style to write and perform Bardic pieces at events.  I will share translation methods, information about finding great musical and poetic inspiration and training, excellent historical sources, and hints for deciding what to sing when.
Current Packet
Midwinter Bardic Revel, Caer Mear (Richmond, VA): February 13, 2016
Menhir, Rising Stone (Nashville, TN): January 23 2016 (Cancelled due to weather)
Gulf Wars, Early Period Life (Lumberton, MS): March 2014

Hats of the Ancient World: Learn about early period hats from Rome, the Steppes, Scandinavia, Insular Celts, and everywhere in between.  We’ll also discuss methods to make, embellish, and care for reproduction hats.
Current Packet
Slides
Atlantia University, Caer Mear: September 2017
Gulf Wars, Early Period Life (Lumberton, MS): March 2017

Early Period Embroidery: Learn about early period embroidery motifs and the techniques necessary to recreate them for use in the SCA.  We’ll discuss the fabrics, embroidery threads, and dyes commonly used in different regions of Europe and how to work with the period materials or approximate them where the original sources are unavailable.  We’ll also discuss transferring designs to a garment, appliqueing separate embroidered pieces to garments, troubleshooting when your threads turn on you, and making beautiful embroidered garments that will hold up to camping, laundering, and fighting.
Current Packet
Slides
Atlantia University, Caer Mear: September 2017
Atlantia University, Dun Caraig: September 2016
Nacht in der Stadt, Lochmere: April 2016
Gulf Wars, Early Period Life (Lumberton, MS): March 2014
Gulf Wars, Early Period Life (Lumberton, MS): March 2013
Pennsic, Clanne Preachain’s Early Period A&S Day (Slippery Rock, PA): August 2013

Choosing modern commercial fabric for early period costuming: Learn about  fibers, weave structures, and dyes used in Early period cultures in Europe and how to best find or replicate period fabrics for use in SCA costuming.  We will discuss what to look for, where to find it, and how to alter modern commercial fabrics to more closely match period textile finds.  We will also discuss how to clean and care for wools, linens, and silks so that your garb lasts for years.
Current Packet
Slides
Atlantia University, Dun Caraig: September 2016
Nacht in der Stadt, Lochmere: April 2016
Gulf Wars, Early Period Life (Lumberton MS): March 2015
Pennsic, Clanne Preachain’s Early Period A&S Day: August 2015 

Construction and embellishment techniques for Early Period Garb: We will discuss working with wool, linen, and silk fabrics and embroidery threads to make flattering, durable early period garb. Lanea will discuss fabric preparation, options for seam finishing, reinforcing weak points, repairs, embroidery, period trims, and laundering and care for finished garments.
Early Period A&S, Clanne Preachain Camp, Pennsic: August 2016

How to Plan and Run a Period Encampment: Many of us have found homes in the SCA with households or other groups that share our interests in a particular period of history or a particular culture.  We can use that shared interest to form the basis of a period encampment.  We will discuss how to organize and run an early period encampment so that it looks fantastic and runs smoothly but is also a safe, enjoyable, and a fun place to camp.  We will discuss public works, tent options, assigning jobs, cooking, allocating space for individuals and for public use, hiding the modern necessities, and doing it all without creating any tyrants or serfs.
Current Packet
Gulf Wars, Early Period Life (Lumberton, MS): March 2015

Making and using early period sewing and fiber arts kits: Do you want your kit to look as amazing as the beautiful garments you make?  We will review period examples of sewing, spinning, weaving, and other fiber arts tools and discuss how to create a kit for your own use at events.
Current packet
Gulf Wars, Early Period Life (Lumberton, MS): 2016

Planned Classes

Early Period Trivia: I run a trivia game at our early period A&S Day or in EPL every once in a while and it’s a blast.  I provide questions in several categories and seek a number of donated prizes for the winners. I obviously can’t repeat the same sets of questions to the same crowd, so I don’t share the notes for this one.
Pennsic, Clanne Preachain Early Period A&S Day (Slippery Rock, PA): 2016
Gulf Wars, Early Period Life (Lumberton, MS): 2016

Archived Classes

Beyond the Bog Dress: I taught this at several events through the late 1990s and early 2000s. It basically covers how to make flattering early period women’s clothing. I could resurrect it if folks are interested.

Ask a Master Celticist: This grew out of some of the really eye-opening questions we would get from the public at living history demos–particularly Potomac Celtic Fest and the Alexandria Scottish Games. Our demos relied on several of us  having unusual levels of expertise in one topic or another and then sharing information so we were better able to talk to people who viewed our displays. I picked Cellagh’s, Richard’s, and Vortigern’s brain for metal information; they asked me about fiber arts and mythology, we all asked Virginia about early coilwork pottery, etc. And when there was something that seemed to need further research, that generally fell to me because I have the academic background and access to some amazing scholars. I could see turning this into a web-based series if I had the time.

Early Medieval Welsh and Irish Poetic Forms: This was one of my favorite classes to research but was not widely attended. The focus was relatively narrow, and many people are put off by the difficulty of translating Old Irish in particular. Declensions are scary, and the rhyming structure is daunting even for an expert. Recurrent thematic tropes in Irish and Welsh Myth: This is another class that is fascinating to me but maybe not so much for people from outside academia.

Tethera performances with question periods: For several years, I led a trio of Bards called Tethera who performed for the general public at Celtic Festivals. Ideally, Etaine, Anubh and I all performed a mixture of sung and spoken pieces together in full early period costume. Because what we do is so unusual–particularly outside of the SCA–we always included question and answer periods in our performances to differentiate between historical forms, translations, original pieces, etc. I can expand this sort of hybrid performance/class into something more appropriate for the SCA.

One Response to “Research and Classes”

  1. Tangwystlon 20 Oct 2016 at 4:57 pm 1

    I would love to see any handouts/info from your “Beyond the Bog Dress” class…if you have any. I need to get back into sewing things…and getting to events more than twice a year.

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