Awards -- a query..
dssweet at okway.okstate.edu
Fri Mar 17 09:48:10 PST 1995
>I think you are taking this a bit too literally. I doubt the Laurels
>get together and say, "Gee, this person seem qualified, but they have a
>thistle in costuming, so they are out."
I never meant to imply that *that* is what happens. It's just some weird
quirk that shows up when you look at the numbers. If you get a Thistle
in Costuming your chances just aren't all that great at getting a
Laurel. See below.
>One is that costuming is our most common A&S. Everyone does costuming,
>... With so many people doing it there will be a lot of thistles given.
>That also means that there will be a lot of folks who are really good at
>it, so to shine above the crowd is much harder in costuming than in areas
>where there is less compitition.
I agree with all of this. At least 13 of the Laurels excelled in areas
where only one or two Thistles have been given.
>A person's first thistle very often indicates their primary area of A&S
>interest, and so one could expect that to be their main focus in their
>quest for a Laurel.
If this was true, I still would expect more Laurels to have Thistles for
Costuming than is current. According to my figures (which have not been
updated for a 1 1/2 yrs) here are the top five Thistle categories:
89 - Costuming
46 - Calligraphy
34 - Illumination
33 - Bardcraft
26 - Embroidery
If we go up one level to Iris holders with Thistles here are the top
22 - Costuming (or 26% of all Costuming Thistles)
22 - Calligraphy (or 48% of all Calligraphy Thistles)
15 - Embroidery (or 58% of all Embroidery Thistles)
14 - Illumination (or 41% of all Illumination Thistles)
12 - Bardcraft (or 38% of all Bardcraft Thistles)
The same five, in a slightly different order. Pretty darn consistent
looking to me.
However when we look at Laurels it changes:
9 - Illumination (or 26% of all Illumination Thist.)
8 - Calligraphy (or 17% of all Calligraphy Thist.)
6 - Embroidery (or 23% of all Embroidery Thist.)
5 - Metalwork (or 19% of all Metalwork Thist.)
4 - Bardcraft & (or 13% of all Bardcraft Thist.)
4 - Armoring (or 18% of all Armoring Thist.)
Costuming is number 7 with 3 people (ties with Needlework &
Needlecraft) (or 3% of all Costuming Thist.)
(Needlework: 18%; Needlecraft: 38%)
For example: If we could assume that of the top five categories
(Costuming, Calligraphy, Illumination, Embroidery, & Bardcraft) that
there is basically an consistent number of people (x) who will achieve
a Thistle, and then go on to achieve an Iris (x/3), and then go on to
achieve a Laurel (x/6), *there should be more Costuming Laurels*. Is it
just extremely difficult to get a Laurel unless your costumes are
authentic down to the last inch, stitch, and fiber content? Or is it a
case of "everyone does costume, therefore it's nothing that special"?
Or is there some other factor?
I still maintain that it's a very strange phenomenon.
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