Real Name: Kat Dehring

SCA Name & title: Lady Grainne Ruadh

Years in the SCA: On and off since Jan. 1998

How did you find out about the SCA? My ex decided if I liked the Renaissance Faires I worked for, I should do this.

Where did you start, what was your first event? Winter Revel, Canton of Rimsholt, Barony of Andelcrag , Kingdom of the Middle

What is your persona? Early period Irish woman to the 1400’s.

Why did you pick this persona? My first Persona in the SCA was Roma, but as I have changed I wanted to connect to my heritage, I am also fascinated by Scythians currently.

Do you have any group or household affiliations? The Barony of Delftwood is my home.

Tell us a little bit about your life outside the SCA.

I am a VA caregiver and artist. I am a Tarot reader at Earthbound Metaphysical shop in Syracuse, NY.

What SCA activities do you or have you participated in?

I make Illuminations , Icons, triptych and diptychs. Reproductions of Roman murals from Pompeii . I also sew clothing, embroider and do period hair styling from various time periods and cultures.

Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.)

I ran one crown tourney, merchant coordinated Baronial Border War four times , ran three Arts and Science events.  I have been a herald, chatelaine, and head lady in waiting to a baroness.

When you started in the SCA what goals did you have? To Find somebody with greater skill than my own and painting trip dips diptychs and icons and Apprentice

What are your goals now?

I would like to be a peer and give back the care and teaching that I have received.

What was the most intimidating thing you encountered in the SCA?

Some groups that are insular and not willing to allow a new person into their “club”. It was difficult to see this and to not play for a little while.

If you could accomplish only one thing in the SCA in the next year, what would it be?

Do one event a month and teach.

What advice would you give to a new person in the SCA, or if new yourself what question would you ask and who would you ask it of?

  1. Join no households or form opinions on people during your first 6 months. Go with an open heart and get to know everyone.
  2. Don’t aspire to be perfect just always do the best you can.
  3. Don’t see this as a game that you “win” by spending the most money

If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have, what would it be?

The ability to sing (nope won’t happen).

Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why?

I would like to be a Laurel.

Best quote ever I apply to the SCA and My life in general.

“If you don’t love yourself , How the hell you gonna love someone else?”


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