What is Artisans' Row? Artisans' Row is organized as a collection of workshop areas where artisans & scholars can demonstrate, share, and teach, preferably hands-on, their particular skills & knowledge.
What kinds of things happen at The Row? While Artisans' Row will have a "lecture tent" available with a projection screen and electricity for more traditional "lecture-type" classes, we encourage scholars to consider how they might make a traditional 1-hour lecture class into a more hands-on or live demonstration class (of any needed length). The Row also encourages "open workshop," demonstration, and even one-on-one tutoring-type sessions as follow-ups to other classes, or for artisans to share the techniques and projects they are working on with the populace.
We invite everyone to come by and see what's happening any day - visitors, observers, and questions are always welcome! Read on for more information!
I'm not an Artisan - can I just attend a class? Yes - but you can also simply drop by and see what's happening! If you are interested in a particular craft or art, the Artisans' Row format affords you the opportunity to actually spend time watching, and learning hands-on from someone who has done the research and is putting that research into practice. Our artisans love to provide you the opportunity to use their tools and equipment to learn how to make something, as they would have done it in the Middle Ages. Want to learn a substitute for soapstone, to be able to cast period-style Pilgrim Badges for event tokens? Want to learn how to make period-style sausage, or herbal concoctions? How about naturally dying your own wool, to spin and weave with? Want to practice period dances? Sing, act, or tell period tales? Visit Artisans' Row for all of this. (A small fee or safety class may be involved in order to participate.) In addition, the lecture/scholars tent offers the opportunity to explore historical events, SCA studies, view slideshow presentations, etc.
I am an artisan/performer/scholar - why should I participate? To foster your art/scholarship! If you are an artisan/performer/scholar, the Row gives you the opportunity to show your research and put it into practice for an audience who appreciates your hard work, and wants to learn from it. Artisans' Row is also a great place for artisans and those interested in the arts, to network, share ideas and collaborate on joint projects. Guilds - Artisans' Row is an excellent opportunity for you to show your craft, inform the public and recruit new members!