Arts and Sciences

Borealis-Crafting-2Championship Competition Rules

The competition to choose a new Baronial Arts and Sciences Champion is held at Silverwolf each year.

For the Barony of Borealis Silverwolf Championship, we have several key themes in an attempt to make the competition more accessible, easier to participate and encourage more people.

Championship Requirements:

1. Those who want to compete for the Silverwolf Championship can either participate with their depth of A&S or their breadth of A&S entries. Specifically, those wanting to compete for the Silverwolf championship have a choice of either submitting three (3) entries from the same major category (to showcase their depth in a specific area) or submitting two (2) entries from two (2) different categories to showcase their breadth (see below). In both cases, the scores of the best two (2) entries will be counted toward the total score. Extra points will be award to someone who does both depth and breadth (3 items from at least 2 different categories) to a maximum of 5 points.

2. The Categories are:

  • Textile and Needle Arts Costume accessories, Costuming: European pre 1200, Costuming: European 1200-1351, Costuming: European: 1351-1451, Costuming: European: 1451-1600, Costuming: Non European, Free-form embroidery, Lacemaking, Counted thread work, Miscellaneous needle work
  • Technological Sciences armour: cloth/leather/Horn, Armour: mail/plate, Ironwork/tool making, miscellaneous crafts, Musical Instrument making, Scientific Instruments, Weapon making, Woodworking: construction, Wood, Horn and bone carving, Animal Husbandry
  • Studio Crafts Calligraphy, Ceramics/pottery, Drawing, Decorative metalwork, Pewter casting, Glasswork, Illumination, Lapidary, Leatherwork, Miscellaneous crafts, Painting, Sculpture, Bookbinding, Pigments and pens
  • Domestic Arts and Sciences Wine/Mead/Beer/ale/lager, Cooking: illusion foods, Cooking: multiple dish, Cooking: single dish, Dyeing, Knitting, Knot work, Spinning, Weaving, Miscellaneous domestic crafts

3. A Championship competitor must be a resident of Borealis or an active member of the Borealis’ sergeantry who lives outside Borealis’ borders. The Championship competitor must have a valid SCA membership. The winner is expected to maintain his/her membership during their tenure as Champion.

4. A&S Championship competitors may not compete for other Championships at Silverwolf. (i.e. one person may not hold two Baronial Championships at the same time).

5. Championship entrants must send a formal declaration of intent to the Baron and Baroness, the current Baronial A&S Champion and the Baronial A&S officer. There should be a very brief description of each entry (e.g. “Saxon oil lamp” or “Elizabethan embroidered purse”) so suitable judges can be found. If you have specific needs (e.g. access to electricity or an early judging time) please include this in your request.

6. Documentation can be provided as either full written documentation or a minimum of the 5 W’s format with the ability for the competitor to augment their documentation and research orally. A request for additional time to describe their documentation and research must be clearly indicated in their letter of intent. This is to minimize the impact of those competitors who explain things better orally than in a written format.

7. If, after making a declaration of intent, a potential competitor is unable to produce one or more of the entries, he/she is expected to inform the current A&S Champion and the A&S officer as soon as possible. (Note: the object does not have to be completely finished to be an acceptable entry.)

8. A judging schedule will be sent to each entrant at least one week before Silverwolf. The entrants must be available to talk with the judges during their scheduled judging time. Additional time for presenting their documentation will be included in the schedule if included in the letter of intent ahead of time.

9. The name of the new A&S Champion will be announced during evening court at Silverwolf.

Single Entries Requirements:

1. Those who do not want to compete for championship or do not reside within the Barony of Borealis are encourage to bring one (1) or two (2) single entries to be displayed for comment or for judging and scoring.

2. All single entries for judging and scoring must have the 5W documentation as a minimum and maybe augmented by additional oral presentation of their documentation and/or research. If you wish additional time, please indicate this in your letter of intent.

3. Single entrants for judging must inform the A&S Champion and the A&S officer of their intention.. There should be a very brief description of each entry (e.g. “Saxon oil lamp” or “Elizabethan embroidered purse”) so suitable judges can be found. If you have specific needs (e.g. access to electricity or an early judging time) please include this request.

4. If, after making a declaration of intent, a single entry competitor is unable to produce one or more of the entries, he/she is expected to inform the current A&S Champion and the A&S officer as soon as possible. (Note: the object does not have to be completely finished to be an acceptable entry.)

5. A judging schedule will be sent to each entrant at least one week before Silverwolf. The entrants must be available to talk with the judges during their scheduled judging time. Additional time for presenting their documentation will be included in the schedule if requested in the letter of intent ahead of time.

6. Single entries for comment may enter without a letter of intent and may display on the day of the event. However, if the entry requires specific needs (ie electricity), please contact the A&S Champion and the A&S officer with your request.

7. Single entrants for comment do not need to be available to discuss their piece. A minimum of a 3inch x 5inch recipe card indicating the project name and entrant is all that is needed.

8. Single entries will be provided written feedback of what was good about the project and some suggestions for improvement. If you wish more detailed feedback, we encourage you to submit your item for judging.

General Guidelines:

1. A maximum of two entries may be assigned to one item (e.g. a tunic and the embroidery on that tunic) but each entry must have its own documentation.

2. The judging entries should be “new” entries. They should not have been entered in another competition and they should have been completed within the past 12 months. The only exception: an item which was entered in a Silverwolf Competition one or two years ago may be re-entered if there has been significant change in the item itself or the documentation accompanying it.

3. Any questions about this competition should be directed to the A&S Champion and /or the A&S officer. Questions about the role of the champion may also be directed to the Baron and Baroness.

4. To acknowledge those who are starting their A&S competition journey, we request that all those who this is their first competition (at any level) to identify themselves both to the judges but also to the populace. Please indicate those entries as a “Newcomer piece” on a 3x5 inch recipe card (in additional to the ones described above).

The name of the new A&S Champion will be announced during evening court at Silverwolf.

Any questions about this competition should be directed to the A&S Champion and /or the A&S officer. Questions about the role of the champion may also be directed to the Baron and Baroness.

Baronial Pair: rjrudyk@shaw.ca

A&S Officer: corryvz@telus.net

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