Friday, November 11, 2011

Brid nic Shearless (Sapphire)

Order of the Sapphire
Bjorn’s Ceilidh
Awarded November 12 2011, AS XLVI (46)

Order of the Sapphire (Concordia) for Mistress Brid nic Shearless

When I was asked to do this assignment, I have to admit that I was STUNNED that Mistress Brid hadn't yet received this award. I don't know her very well yet, but what little I do know suggests that she has always been very giving of her time, knowledge and skills to help other further themselves. Because of those things I felt that not having a scroll to present would be disappointing and inappropriate.

I've never had to complete an award scroll in such a short turn-around time and I have to admit that I was hesitant to say yes because of my lack of believe in myself. This assignment was a great learning experience for me as it showed me that I can get something down on paper that quickly. Do I prefer a longer lead-time, absolutely but if needs must, then I can.

Calligraphy & Illumination by Isabel Chamberlaine. Inspired by MS. Auct. D. 1. 20, fol. 116r in the Bodlian Library, University of Oxford.

Paper: Peramenata, 230gsm, Natural
Materials: Oak gall ink, Windsor & Newton gouache, Holbein gold gouache.

Words by His Excellency, Baron Pierre de Tours

It happens far too often that a Gentle may be overlooked for recognition because their work, service, or skills are so obvious to so many that this Gentle may not have received recognition for their actions are simply unthinkable. Mistress Brid nic Shearless may just typify this type of lapse. Mistress Brid has promoted and taught classes in the fiber arts at the Baronial, Kingdom, and Society level for many years and in so doing has represented this Barony from a position of vast knowledge and with a genuine willingness to share her wealth of skill.

Therefore it does please Us that Mistress Brid nic Shearless be inducted into Our Order of the Sapphire, in decision of which do I gladly set my hand on this November 12, Anno Societatis 46 upon the occasion of Bjorn’s Ceilidh.

Scroll ID: Isabel C XXIV
Completed November 11, 2011