Monday, 13 April 2015

Kingdom Pentathlon Winner

Three amazing artisans this year challenged themselves and awed the kingdom with their entries into Pentathlon, where each entrant had to make five different items from between three to five different categories.

As listed on the kingdom website, the categories are:
I. Performing Arts
  • Bardic recitation
  • Dance: Middle Eastern
  • Dance: European
  • Dance: Original Choreography
  • Dramatic Performance
  • Juggling/tumbling
  • Musical Performance: Mixed ensemble
  • Musical Performance: String Instrument
  • Musical Performance: Voice
  • Musical Performance: Wind instrument
  • Music Composition
  • Poetry
  • Prose/Playwriting
  • Research
 II. Textile and Needle Arts:
  • Costume accessories
  • Costuming: European pre 1200
  • Costuming: European 1200-1351
  • Costuming: European: 1351-1451
  • Costuming: European: 1451-1600
  • Costuming: Non European
  • Free-form embroidery
  • Lacemaking
  • Counted thread work
  • Miscellaneous needle work
III. Technological Sciences:
  • Armour: cloth/leather/Horn
  • Armour: mail/plate
  • Ironwork/tool making
  • Miscellaneous crafts
  • Musical Instrument making
  • Scientific Instruments
  • Weapon making
  • Woodworking: construction
  • Wood, Horn and bone carving
  • Animal Husbandry
IV. Studio Crafts:
  • Calligraphy
  • Ceramics/pottery
  • Drawing
  • Decorative metalwork
  • Pewter casting
  • Glasswork
  • Illumination
  • Lapidary
  • Leatherwork
  • Miscellaneous crafts
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Bookbinding
  • Pigments and pens 
V. Domestic Arts and Sciences:
  • Wine/Mead/Beer/ale/lager
  • Cooking: illusion foods
  • Cooking: multiple dish
  • Cooking: single dish
  • Dyeing
  • Knitting
  • Knot work
  • Spinning
  • Weaving
  • Miscellaneous crafts
For those unfamiliar with the Pent format, the kingdom A&S handbook has the following to say:
The pentathlon is the only form of competition that directly places one person against the other. The pentathlon requires that you enter five categories in three different divisions with no more than two categories from any one division. Only five entries will be considered...Also, no item can be entered in two categories. Furthermore, there may not be two items from any one category...To enter you must pre-register...It is important that you mark the category each item is being entered under on the pre-registration form. Some things won't fit anywhere, but that is why each division has a miscellaneous category. Any entry that does not fit into a prescribed category will be placed in a division by the Kingdom A&S officer.
This year's winner of the Pentathlon and holder of the kingdom's A&S cup was Lady Merewen de Sweynesheie. (Photos will hopefully be forecoming.)

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