Unto the Good Gentles of Æthelmearc does Ariella, Princess, send Warm Greetings!
Though summer wars seem distant as snow blankets our lands, I ask your assistance in early preparations for our reign.
For many years, the Queen’s favor on my belt has symbolized to the Known World that I fight for our Kingdom and strive to bring honor to our Kingdom’s Queen by chivalrous conduct. I know many of you feel the same way, so I would like to have such favors to give to every gentle who represents Æthelmearc this summer.
To that end, I am seeking submissions for favor designs. Designs should be adaptable to a variety of media like embroidery or paint on fabric, beadwork, metalwork like pewter, or leatherwork. I would also like to be able to customize the design for specific groups, so the artisans, archers, throwers, fencers, equestrians, and heavy fighters could have variations designating their areas. I would also like the design to be modifiable to indicate champions, perhaps by adding beads or special color schemes. I know this is a tall order, but I have faith in the talent and creativity of the artisans of Æthelmearc! Designs actually rendered on appropriate media are preferred since that will help me visualize the final product, but designs can also be submitted on paper or via email. Other designs, like ones by youth for youth favors, are also welcome.
Designs should be submitted by Ice Dragon on April 2nd, where there will be a display area for favor designs from which I will choose a few designs.
Themes for favors could include our castle, the escarbuncle badge of our Sylvan Kingdom, two winged hearts (my badge) or my heraldry (a chief vair, gyronny Or and vert). I would prefer that the design make it clear that it’s for the Queen of Æthelmearc, so the color red and escarbuncles should be central elements.
Once the design is chosen, Mistress Arianna of Wynthrope has graciously offered to coordinate construction of Queen’s Favors for the reign. Feel free to contact her with any questions about design and production as well.
Please help me serve the Dream by helping me have favors for every single gentle who represents Æthelmearc this summer.
Yours In Service,
Ariella, Princess of Æthelmearc