A Whirl wind day from start to finish best describes Tree-Girt-Sea's Twelfth Night event. From the moment I arrived on-site, it was go, go, go! Two classes on the schedule and a display to present in the A&S Craftperson's Faire was on the agenda. With a little help from friends, I was able to be in two places at once. As I taught my first class, Dubheasa and Lukas kindly transported my A&S items to the Craftperson's Faire and placed them on display. The Faire was designed to allow crafters to display or demonstrate their art of preference, or simply show a collection of items they're proud of. They had a tremendous turn -out for the Faire, so many beautiful items on display and fun hands-on craft activities. I brought a small collection of my work, consisting of some of my favorite Japanese garments and accessories, along with a few new projects I have been working on. I've recently become fixated on making warazouri (Japanese straw sandals) and furoshiki (wrapping cloth) decorated with shibori (Japanese dying techniques). I found out later that my sandals were chosen as the winner for the period accessory challenge offered by my Mistress, Sarafina Sinclair. I was surprised that I was chosen, since there was some concern of a conflict of interest. I approached my Mistress after the winners were announced and asked about her decision. Her reply was simply, "I couldn't help it, those shoes were awesome."
I offered my classes on Kosode Construction and Japanese Games. Of course the games class was a blast. It was a great group of people, who were eager to participate, which always makes for a fun environment. It was a particularly special class because I was gifted with a new game piece. A tōko vase made by THL Elaine Ladd, a talented potter, was made to resemble a museum piece that I was longing to acquire. I am so grateful that she was willing to take the time to crate such a fine piece of art for me to use. After the "Ooo's" and "Ahh's", it was immediately put into service. The challenge of the new vase was accepted my many, and there was much rejoicing. So much so that a small group of us stayed and continued to play games for another hour after class was over.
The evening came quickly and I found myself staying for court. It was set in a beautiful backdrop of Gothic style archways and stained glass, such a perfect setting. I was privileged to watch many good and deserving people be acknowledged for their talents and services. I was especially happy that I could be there to watch Lady Dubheasa receive her Award of Arms. I've only known her for a short time now, but she has become a dear friend. She was delightful to watch in her newly acquired garments. Some time ago I was gifted a lovely Italian gown, which I'm told was made by Mistress Juliana. Unfortunately I didn't have a need for it and it was wasteful to have it stored in my closet. So it seemed appropriate to pass on this gift to Dubheasa, since she had no proper attire to call her own. The gown had a few problems to solve before it could be worn. It was too long for her and no proper undergarments existed to wear with it. So I took care of the alterations to the gown and made her a proper camicia (Italian chemise) of linen to wear with it. The timing of it's completion was perfect, as she could now look her best while she received her scroll. It was a pleasure to end my evening watching a friend have a memorable.