About Beatrice : I started playing in the SCA in Trimaris about eight years ago and am currently living in the Midrealm. I have a fair amount of sewing experience, but have only made basic garb in the past. I have been wanting to up my garb game recently and this seemed like the perfect time to do it! In addition to sewing, I do a variety of crafts in the SCA, including kumihimo, jewelry making, fingerloop braiding, calligraphy and illumination, and banner making. At events, I can usually be found retaining or volunteering in some other way. This will be a challenging project for me, as I have not made garb above a basic level before. I fell in love with Roman garb during the hot outdoor events in Trimaris and am excited to make myself some new garb!
Her Project: I am planning to create an outfit that would have been worn by an unmarried upper class Roman woman of the Late Republic/Early Empire. I’ve been wanting to make a new, nicer outfit for a while, but this project has helped me focus that desire into a specific project.
About Johanne: I got acquainted with the SCA in Atlantia in 1991. I joined the SCA in Calontir in 1995. I don’t normally sew. I am known in the SCA for tablet and standard weaving, but I also spin, embroider, knit and practice many other fiber arts. My normal persona, for the past 8 years, has been 9th Century Finnish. Like many others, I occasionally time travel. Because I don’t normally make my own clothing, this will be challenging.
Her Project: I intend to make a Roman, matron’s costume based on an amalgamation of two 2nd/3rd C, Roman statues. It will consist of a tunica, a stola, a pala and a handwoven belt. I’m using linen for the tunica; a lovely, textured cotton for the stola; a light-weight, silk-like, patterned fabric for the stola; and silk thread for the tablet-woven belt. I already have two Roman, reproduction brooches I can wear at the shoulders and a Roman style chain and pendant that was made for me by an apprentice brother. I understand that the materials I am using may not be Roman-period. They are what I have and can afford, which is why I am entering in the “modern” category. I hope to wear it to our next Coronation, in honor of our present Queen as she retires.
About Marcia: In the Society for Creative Anachronism I am known as Comitessa Marcia Dulcitia (also known as Countess Dulcia MacPherson) and I live in the Barony of An Crosaire, in the Kingdom of Trimaris. I have been honored to be elevated to the Orders of the Laurel, Pelican, and Rose. I’m a former Queen of Trimaris, and a former Baroness of An Crosaire. My most important role in the SCA, and out of it, is being the wife of Syr Turold Dunstan Arminger. I joined the SCA in the March of the Marshes, a Canton of the Barony of Red Spears in the Middle Kingdom in 1991 as a graduate student studying medieval and renaissance music history at Bowling Green State University. I was elevated to the Order of the Laurel in 1999 in Trimaris for my research, period music, and Elizabethan costuming. I changed my focus and persona to ancient Rome a few years ago, after the Board of Directors removed the starting date of the SCA. Ancient Rome has always been an obsession of mine, and I have enjoyed finally feeling free to truly explore and enjoy this wonderful period of history with my SCA friends and family. I have been actively exploring all parts of the Roman world, with most of my focus devoted to Roman religion and religious practices (especially religious practices within the Roman home), Roman textile arts, Roman food, and, of course, clothing.
Project: I will be creating the attire worn by Roman patrician women during the reign of Augustus and Livia, the first Roman Emperor and Empress, c. 1 CE. This will be based off the extant images, especially statuary, depicting Empress Livia and other Roman noblewomen of that time. My Roman persona is actually based almost a century later, during the reign of Hadrian and Vibia Sabina, but as I continue to research ancient Rome I find myself increasingly drawn to Livia Augusta. One of Emperor Augustus’ chief goals from the beginning of his reign was to restore Rome and the Roman people to their ancient glory. He felt strongly that the faith, morals, and values of Rome had decayed, and with it the strength of the Empire. He realized that in order to rebuild Rome he had to revive the customs and traditions of the past, and restore the faith and values of its people. A large part of his attention was focused on the public and private lives of the upper classes. Together, Augustus and Livia became the role models that they expected the Roman nobles to emulate. Livia, especially, set the pattern for the noble Roman matrona – wearing neither excessive jewelry nor pretentious clothing. She took care of the household and her husband, made most of the family’s clothing herself, observed all the public and private religious rites, was renowned for her chastity and faithfulness, and was known to also be educated and intelligent enough to become one of Augustus’ advisors. Ancient sources generally portray Livia as a woman of proud and queenly attributes who was a worthy consort to her husband – forever poised and dignified. A woman I would wish to emulate.