Thursday, December 27, 2012

Looking forward to 2013

I'll have a 2012 wrap-up post on the last day of the year (not to far away!), but for now, I want to look forward to what I'll be working on in the next year.

At the beginning of 2012, I said something about this being The Year of the Prop. Well, that didn't exactly materialize as I had hoped, with all my prop projects going unfinished even now. I'm hoping to change that now that I have closed my commissions and have a steady job and income again, which means I'll be able to finally purchase the supplies that I need to work on them again. So, hopefully, that means wrapping up the Cleopatra headdress and the Hounds and Jackals game set, before moving on to new things.

Secondly, this year is going to be heavily dedicated to building and establishing my new SCA persona, an 11th century Japanese noblewoman, who has yet to be named. (I love the name Kaede, but I have no idea what to do for a last name. I need to read some more on Japanese history to see how I want my girl to fit in.) If you remember from a few weeks ago, I decided to undertake the A&S 50 challenge, which I originally planned to be a 'depth' challenge, where you make 50 of the same sort of thing, but hone your skill while doing so. I was going to do garb. But, once I started researching Heian...everything...this quickly morphed into the 'persona' challenge, where you make 50 things that your persona would have had/done/made, etc. This will also help me to build up the things I'll need for my encampment, once I start going to longer events.

Here are just a few of the non-garb items I'm planning to make:

Incense basket, for infusing incense into my clothes so I smell nice.

Screens/room dividers. Women didn't show their faces in public, and so were always hiding behind screens or fans. I thought these would make good room dividers once I have my tent up and running.

Lanterns! Easy to make, and more period than those round paper Asian style lanterns.

Pennants, for around the campsite.

These sorts of storage boxes (karabitsu) were common in the Heian era. I think it would be a great way to disguise a cooler.

An octofoil bronze mirror. I'm going to sculpt it in clay and cast it in resin to make a durable camp mirror. Plus, I have no way to cast bronze.

One of my larger projects, a Heian era bed. (No sleeping on the floor! Huzzah!) It's basically a platform bed with posts and a canopy, so I actually feel confident that I can pull this one together. I'm quite looking forward to tackling this one.
My biggest SCA related project for the year...building myself my own pavilion. Heian era tents were long and narrow, and I've heard of people having success using aluminium framed carports as a base. It's also much cheaper, as a 10x20 carport goes for around $75, shipping included! This probably won't be done by the end of the year, but I'll certainly get a good start on it.

This list is by no means definitive, and I'm sure more things will end up added it to it as the year goes on. It will be fun to see how much of the list I was able to check off by the end of the year, though, so I'll probably have a post at the end of 2013 looking back at this one and, most likely, lamenting how little of I actually finished. ;p

1 comment:

  1. Ambitious list! I can't wait to see how it unfolds. Your blog is always a pleasure. :)