STDDLY at TINY_TIM.SHSU.EDU
Thu Mar 23 17:16:00 PST 1995
A & S competitions are useful. It gives people a forum to see how to
improve their work. It also gives people whom do not necessarily wish
to display or be judged a chance to learn from those who do. It also
gives a signal to the Laurels and others that a person wants to
progress publically and to be awarded for their accomplishment.
Laurels do look for and encourage work. They don't want to be pushy
and possibly chase people away from A & S endeavours, which is what
happens more often than not if they ask questions about something
someone is working on. They also do not want to be seen as hounding
people or for being authenticity nazis as many people with peer-fear
in our kingdom wish to believe.
I do not think everyone should compete in A & S. Nor should every
thing relating to A & S be a competition. Nor should you have to
compete or display to get an award. It just makes it easier when
someone is reccommended for an award to be able to say "yes, I saw
that in X competition or display I think they need the award"
There are a large number of people out there doing high quality work
who leave it at home. Or give it to friends to hang on walls. This
work never gets into an SCA forum where people who could reccommend
awards (not that anyone cannot, but rank does have its weight).
Case in point I have a friend who is a high level commercial potter.
A few people think she should get a thistle. The problem lies in that
she does not bring her pottery into the SCA at all. The thistle is an
SCA award for excellence in a field. Why award it if it is not
enriching the SCA?
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