About Violante: Marquesa Violante do Porto is a fiber artisan who enjoys tablet weaving, sewing, embroidery, and more. She also loves to encourage art through largesse challenges. Her persona is 16th century Portuguese, but she spends an inordinate amount of time on 10th century Norse household arts. She enjoys teaching classes on a variety of subjects and will talk your ear off about Norse women’s clothing. She can also be talked into pretty much any plan with “challenge” in the title. While currently residing in the East, she has lived in a variety of kingdoms during her time in the SCA, and previously reigned in the West.
Her Project: My goal is to create a migration era Norse ensemble for a woman of high status. Serk, Smokkr, Front panel, and embellishing accessories commissioned from other people. This will be based off of extant finds, contemporary writings that describe the outfits, and visual representations from the period. I imagine this outfit would be worn to a celebration to be viewed by a lot of folks as an ostentatious declaration of wealth. My personal challenges will be working with more accurate materials and colors to complete the project.
About Yehoshua : I do like to sew, but recently it has been more mundane stuff. Currently, I am working on a modern dress shirt and waistcoat. I have been in the SCA on and off since about 1992. (Last 10 years mostly off). I started in the Barony of Carolingia in College and received the Drachenwald Service away for founding the Shire of Ma’ale Giborim (Israel) which is now defunct. I am also the person who created the initial East Kingdom Website. I started getting back into the SCA about 2 years with an attempt to revive the shire in Israel and then when I moved back to the USA.
His Project: Still working on the details, but I am working on an outfit based on a group portrait of a civic guild in Amsterdam in 1588, based on pictures at the Rijksmuseum. The actual outfit will probably be a mix of details from several of the figures in that painting. The doublet and trousers will be made of wool (Colors TBD, based on what I have in my stash and what I can find locally) https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/SK-C-378 My persona has been based on the relative tolerance of the Netherlands for some years. It was at the time a pretty decent place to be Jewish. I have actually visited the Portuguese synagogue in Amsterdam on several occasions, which was built about 100 years later. This is similar to the style I have done for some time, but will hopefully be done better.