Purchases from Master Ark
August 8 I went to the Brooks Medieval Faire (in Brooks, Alberta). It’s not a SCA event, though there were a few people and displays by folks from the SCA, both from the local area, as well as people who travelled from other Baronies and Shires.
I started checking out the Living Backwards area, as well as three other encampment areas on the north side of the grounds. There were a few demonstrations going on, but either I didn’t see much in the way of signage – or there wasn’t any – so I think I might have missed a bit. From there we went to the Fighting Eric and Kids Eric, watched some jousting, and then headed to the food court area.
There was a huge selection of food trucks and stands at the Faire this year – which was awesome – so much to choose from. The person I went with chose a Salted Caramel Gelato from Cravings Artisan Gelato, while I had a shaved ice from Cool Beans.
After food, we went to the artisan’s hall to look at drawings, paintings, and pottery (as well as a small stand of beaded jewellery). Most of the art work was modern in theme/design, though the pencil drawings were largely of “medieval” themes; dragons, knights, etc.
From there, we headed into a shady spot, and my companion sat down with a good book in the grass while I went into the Artisan’s Marketplace. There were a few interesting shops (including a number of merchants that I recognize from other events) and I ended up picking up some lovely things from Master Ark.
Miniature version of the Gotland quartz sphere
The first thing that caught my eye is this miniature replica of one of the crystal spheres from Gotland. I made my own DIY crafted version a while back, but this is really lovely. I would like a larger version… but this was too pretty to leave behind! I might add it to my Trichinopoly Finnish necklace, or save it for a beaded necklace when I get a few more period-appropriate beads.
This is sterling silver with a quartz crystal sphere. Similar spheres apparently have also been found in Saxon graves, and other areas as well. The seller mentioned that flat discs (lenses) have also been found (they had a pair of earrings in that style available too) and I’ve also seen long ‘capsule’ like ovals as well online.
So many of the ladies have opted to go Roman for the super-warm weather events, and while my Norse Viking Age costumes are quite comfortable (at least more so than the later-period things!) I have held off making my own not because of that – but because I needed the jewellery!
The next thing I purchased were the small, simple Roman bow fibulae above. (Bronze with a stainless steel pin.)
The next item, were this pair of Roman bird (Raven in this case) fibulae.
These are so wonderfully cute.. (Bronze with a stainless steel pin.)
See the rest of my photos from the Faire on my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/throwinghorns/albums/72157657138128631