by Elska á Fjárfelli
A closer look at the wooden pattens entry by Lady Isolda de Leycestre in the 2021 Kingdom of Æthelmearc Arts & Sciences Championship.
Could you tell me a little about you, your persona. Is your entry something your persona would use?
My persona is a 14th century noble English Lady from a wealthy wool merchant family. The Wooden Pattens are definitely something my persona would have worn.
What inspired you to make your entry?
My inspiration came from a pair of Pouline shoes I bought to have more period correct shoes. Pouline was a type of shoe with long points at the toes. They originated from Poland and were very popular during the late 14th century and 15th century. I bought my Poulines from an Etsy shop called A Stroll Through Time. I had to learn basic woodworking and leather working skills. It was a fun project!
Did the entry throw up any unexpected issues?
The one unexpected issue I had was getting the Walnut Dye on the weather dark. I didn’t find any information on how to get the dye to be dark. Leather dyeing is something I need to really learn about.
Did you learn something specific, something you would do differently, or would recommend others to do again?
I learned that using woodworking tools are not scary and I’m glad I tried it! I also learned that for making Pattens you don’t need to be good at woodworking and leather working, the skills are pretty basic to make a pair.
What do you think of the difference between entering an in-person or a virtual competition?
My entry was done in person. I have done a virtual entry for another event and if I had to choose between the two I would choose in person. I think with in person it’s easier for more people to see your project, ask you questions or give you advice on the small issues with your project.
What motivated you to enter the Kingdom Championship?
Kingdom A&S Championship was my first entry and I wanted to give it a try. I wanted to get feedback from other artists on my Pattens so I make the next pair even better! And maybe think about learning how to make a pair of leather shoes at some point.