[Ansteorra] Question about motifs in artwork

Susan catmafia at hughes.net
Thu Jun 15 10:44:00 PDT 2006

Thank you so much for the information.  This one has baffled me recently 
with seeing things in a different kingdom, what little heraldic 
knowledge only seems to confuse me as opposed to making things clear.  
How to address you fall into the same realm, as your name reminds me of 
Seargents in the Army who's last name is Major.  I do appreciate your 
assistance greatly and have to ask, do they have support groups for 
recovering heralds?

With various items, such as lillies, iris, swans, and cranes-is it 
correct to use them as long as you aren't using them in a manner used by 
someone nearby or the kingdom?  I understand with heraldry there must be 
3 points of distinction, or prior approval; but does this apply to 
general artwork as well?  Distinctive items such as giraffe, turtles, 
and the like are usually items that are reserved to a single person in 
an area-somewhat like distinctive names-it isn't the rule but the 
practice.  Reguarding various artistic endeavors, I have yet to enter an 
A&S competition, but do these same things apply?  Say, one is to make 
something with a pelican in its piety on it, this is ok isn't it?  It 
would then usually be used as a gift to a friend who is a Pelican or 
donated to the crown for regalia. 

Thanks for the info, it is hard for the non-heralds to keep strait,
Susan the Curious

Dennis Grace wrote:

>Salut cozyns,
>Susan's question is not a simple one to answer.
>As an Recovering Herald, 

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