Ioan is a mid 14th century Welsh woman who enjoys all sorts of diversions. Currently I do costuming (of mostly English styles from the 11th to the early 15th centuries), Saxon style embroidery, a little woodworking, illumination, pewter casting, hammered coins, armoring and sometimes fighting & archery. I have authorized in equestrian, and would like to do more of that at events but can’t afford a horse of my own just yet. I also help out where I can with our local events and currently I am TE Alistair and Isabelle’s chamberlain.
My main time periods is that of the Hundred Years War. My armor is a French style of that time, and I love to make and wear cote hardies & heraldic surcotes. I also do garb of earlier periods and find that is where my embroidery comes in handy. Books I have in my personal library that I have found useful and/or inspirational are:
Historical Costumes of England by Nancy Bradfield
Costume & Fashion - Senlac to Bosworth 1066-1485 by Herbert Norris
The Museum of London Series - Medieval Finds from Excavations in London
I have been doing pewter casting within the Society for a couple years now and my resume includes site tokens for several events (WW5, Nordskogen Silk Road - see the web page I did for the event, and Nordskogen 12th Night), Pennsic payment tokens for our Baron and Baroness, personal tokens for TE’s Sigfried & Therica and Belrix & Prism, buttons, LostBoy household tokens, and a commemorative token for Ritters Sigfried and Tristan, for their knighting day. I hope to eventually get pictures of some of them up on the page. I have also been teaching an introductory class on pewter casting at a couple of events. Soon everyone in the Barony will be making their own buttons and belt plaques. My dream project for casting is to make a hinged plaque belt and to eventually move on to bronze and silver. Currently I just don’t have someplace I can do bronze without fear of losing the security deposit on my apartment.
As you can see, my pewter casting commissions keep me busy, which is part of the reason I am currently researching and learning how to do hammered coins (the theory being that they will take me less time - but that may just mean I end up doing more of them ). The English and French hammered coins interest me the most. I like the artwork they used and most were stamped dies (as opposed to engraved) which is a easier style to learn and execute, and a good place for me to get started. Some really good books I’ve found to get started on hammered coins are:
The Mint - A History of the London Mint from AD 287-1948 by Sir John Craig English
Hammered Coinage (2vols) by J.J. North The Coins of England by H.A. and P.J. Seaby
The Coin Makers by Thomas W. Becker
The Silver Coins of Medieval France by James N. Roberts
A pamphlet by Master Emmerich from AnTir called The Moneyer’s Handbooke
My main inspiration has been the work of the University of St. Hildegarde in AnTir.
Their web page is in the links. They are the ones who have created the copper “Baraks”, including the Jafar coin that most Midrealmers are familiar with. It is my hope to one day get a Moneyer’s Guild like AnTir’s going in the Principality of Northshield, and perhaps the Midrealm.
I also dabble in other arts including woodworking (a carved tabletop and various boxes), armoring (mostly in plastic & leather, though I am now doing stainless steel gauntlets) and tentage.I also do illumination when I get the time. My favorite style is 14th century French bar & ivy.
I fight with the LostBoys household and am one of its founding members. Currently I haven’t been very active in the lists, but hope to soon find the time and energy to return. I have fought in Northshield’s Coronet Tourney and in the Midrealm Crown Tourney for Master Baron Geoffrey of Warwick. He is my inspiration both on and off the field, and I hope that I can do half as much for the SCA as he has. It is a joy and pleasure to fight for him and I hope to someday be able to honor him with a victory on the field. I also enjoy archery and have been doing more of that since my departure from the lists.
Here are some interesting historical pieces I have collected recently.
The first item is a 13th century belt buckle and plate, the second is a German coin from 1659 issued by archbishop Karl Casper von Leyden, and the third is the opposite side of the same coin.
Check out my coin article on the research I did for the site tokens I created for a Byzantine event.
Check out my lecture notes from the class I taught at the same Byzantine event.