Entering A&S Competitions: part two
RaužúlfR Meistari inn Oržstóri
Sixth Kingdom A&S Champion

Greetings from Rauthulfr;

I'm going to address two points here: Documentation, and Presentation. In neither case can this be taken to be the last word, and philosophies other than mine can certainly be both valuable or correct!

Documentation
*The judges will only have 10 minutes or so to look over the documentation during your presentation. This means that the documentation should be clear and straight forward. However they may well look it over before you are actually judged.

It's pretty straight forward. 5-7 pages with illustrations, and a bibliography.
If needed, an appendix can be added for detailed quotations or other supplemental material which you deem may be required or helpful.
It should explain what it is
It should show when and where it is from
It should show the period sources used
If changes were made from period, those changes should be explained (i.e., I used this silk, because I could not afford gold brocade, or I used this cotton weave because I'm allergic to wool and this hangs the same way as the wool which would have been used.)

Illustrations should be cut and pasted into the doc, and an explanation for the presence of the picture should be given (i.e., this picture shows....).

If there are a bunch of examples /varieties of this type of item, how does this fit into the period examples?

THINGS to avoid:
*Fancy type faces which make the documentation look "more period" but which in practice make it harder to read
*Photocopies with high-lighted sections . (It is better to make the copy and then cut and paste the passage into your notes so that you can provide context for the quote.
*Illustrations without captions
*Persona stories explaining the entry. (Persona can certainly explain certain design elements or choices of colors, but these need to be appropriate. An example of what does not work: being kidnapped by Gypsies and carried off to China where the persona found this nifty thingie-gizmo and upon returning to Elizabethan England where they incorporated it into the entry-thingie (Don't laugh; we've seen it tried!).

Presume the judges do not know anything about what you are entering, however be equally prepared for explicit and detailed questions. Generally on Saturday the judging tends to focus upon depth rather than breadth.

The other thing to consider is presentation, this is one of the ways to present the entry in depth. The display of the item should, of course look good, but it should also provide a context for the piece, or explain something about the piece.
*Illustrations and labels are good
*Quotations from period sources are good
*clutter is bad

The best presentation is one which teaches a person something about the entry.
One of the other things presentation does is prove that the entry has been well thought out (i.e.: If its a food item, is it being served in the way that it would have been in period?).

If your display contains items which are not being judged "as-such," remember that they will still be considered as part of the presentation score.
An example would be: If you have an entry of herbal medicinals, are they containers in which they are displayed at least period-like.

So to sum up: Documentation should explain, prove, and teach Presentation should explain, provide context, and teach.

Yours, in Service,
RaužúlfR Meistari inn Oržstóri (OL, MC, P-eX, Et Cetera)
An Tir Arts & Sciences Champion AS: XXXIII-XXXIV
or, non-SCA: Michael Wolfe M. A. I. S. AB-
*Practice Random Acts of Chocolate.....

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