I am pleased to report that today I became the student of Mistress Crespine de la Vallée. This wonderful woman has been an informal adviser and guide for me since I met her as one of my judges at my very first Kingdom A&S Competition in May 2012. She is a talented needleworker (she also does blackwork!) and a seamstress of gorgeous 16th century clothing and accessories. She has much to teach me, and I am honored and inspired by her.
I asked Mistress Crespine for a Quest to challenge me in my pursuit of juicy arts and sciences goodness, and she willingly obliged. Here is my Quest:
1. Make a list of other artisans whose work you admire for any reason, be it aesthetically pleasing, an exceptionally fine technique, or historical authenticity. Include artisans of all levels, not just Laurels.
2. Work your way through the list. Find each artisan and introduce yourself, if you aren’t already acquainted. Ask them to show you or teach you what they do (even if its something you already do). Gain different perspectives. Include a few things that are outside your normal range but tie into your 16th century German persona or culture. Try to make a small project of what you learn from each one.
3. At the “end,” create something that incorporates all the things you learned from other artisans and display it with each part showing what you had to learn and from whom you learned it.