SCA Name & title: Eferiia Lisitsinova
Years in the SCA: 3 as of this year!
How did you find out about the SCA? I found out about the SCA through my significant other
What is your persona? My persona is based around a somewhat wealthy 13th century Russian woman.
Why did you pick this persona? I picked my persona because of the large amount of Russian blood in my family, and I also absolutely adore the clothing worn, and I like to research the culture and life of the time.
Do you have any group or household affiliations? I am affiliated with the Shire of Hunters Home.
Tell us a little bit about your life outside the SCA. In my life outside of the SCA I spend as much time as possible studying nature around me, discovering the everyday uses for the everyday weeds, roots, flowers, fungi, and berries. I enjoy traditional arts such as oil painting and drawing, as well as digital art and graphic design. I also teach myself how to cook and bake, and love dishing out my new creations with friends and family.
What SCA activities do you or have you participated in? I like to participate in Arts & Sciences activities when possible.
Tell us a little bit about your SCA experience (jobs, offices, duties, etc.) My experience in the SCA is unfortunately very limited due to the pandemic, but I always try to reach out and help in any way, like helping with feasts, troll, and setting up tents. All of my peers are so willing to help me go after my dreams within the SCA and it makes me feel very much at home.
When you started in the SCA what goals did you have? My goals when I first started were all over the place… So out of sheer wonder I wanted to get into every single thing possible!
What was the most intimidating thing you encountered in the SCA? The most intimidating thing I have encountered (especially as someone very new to the SCA) is the pressure of excellence and the need to be completely historically accurate in the eyes of others. At the end of the day, I want to be the kind of person to guide others in their creative journey rather than make them feel unwelcomed into any aspect of the SCA.
After the unexpected shutdown ends, what is one thing you would like to accomplish in the SCA? After the shutdown, I would love to meet everyone that I may not have been able to before because of the shutdown. Most of all, something I wish to accomplish would be creating new things with tips that I may learn from other scribes or artisans in the SCA, and making strong connections that will last because of it 🙂
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? A question I would love to ask would be “how do you keep yourself going, even when it seems really hard to?”. I see so many people constantly creating, but for me and anyone else that struggles with motivation and/or burnout, this question is always in the back of my mind.
If you magically woke up with an SCA talent you do not already have, what would it be? It would definitely have to be non-percussion musical instruments. I am a musical person, but mastering woodwinds and string instruments has always been difficult. Hearing people play flutes, recorders, lutes, dulcimers, etc. always makes me feel so happy.
If you had to join the SCA in another “era” (1970, 1980, etc.), what “era” would you pick and why? I haven’t been on this earth super long, but I would choose around when the SCA first started so I could watch it evolve and grow over time.
Don’t be modest, what award or honor would you like to receive above all else and why? One day maybe far, far away it would be wonderful if I could work my way toward Laurel.
If you could pick one thing you would like to see more of in the SCA, what would it be? I would love to see dancing and botany related things, I think it would be really cool to watch, learn, and participate in.
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