Calligraphy

(Revised 5/04)

Includes period writing on a page or pages. Illumination, if any, will not be judged, but the layout of any illumination in relation to the text will be judged. Subject matter should be period or in keeping with a period style (such as SCA scrolls).

Calligraphy; Novice

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the piece. Novice level documentation should have at least a 3X5 card but more is encouraged. Any discussion beyond the listing of the criteria below, on period practice, any conscious compromises or research is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description of the entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Lists materials and skills used to complete the project.
  • Lists methods and tools used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: cites at least one source and one visual or descriptive reference, or two of either.

Authenticity

1-8 points. Judge this at the Novice level, keeping in mind any plausible/explained deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, too expensive or too rare). Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best. Judge on appropriateness, cultural consistency, and period effect.

  • Form/function— alphabet style, text.
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect.
  • Materials used— pen (quills or reed pens, etc), writing media (paper, parchment, etc.), ink, etc.
  • Design, style—period layout, design.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Novice level, keeping in mind that not all period pieces are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—quantity of text, flourishes, ligatures, etc.
  • Difficulty of lettering style.
  • Difficulty of design—layout, spacing, etc.
  • Difficulty of tools used (quills vs. metal nibs, period ink vs. modern, type of media printed on).
  • Extent of personalization or original ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant as a Novice calligrapher, based on the following:

  • Effective use of alphabet style, text, ink, etc.
  • Techniques: letters formed, spaced, and consistent, as intended.
  • Design: effective use of layout and spacing, work as a whole.
  • Function: does the piece look as it should look and will it serve its intended function.
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proiciency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the 'wow' factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic in presentation and background.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You would proudly hang it on your wall and plan on sneaking it home.

Calligraphy; Intermediate

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the piece. Intermediate level documentation should have at least minimal discussion of the components involved. More in-depth discussion of period practices or conscious compromises is encouraged and should receive higher points. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and the creation of their item beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and some discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Some discussion of materials and skills used to complete the project.
  • Some discussion of methods and tools used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: cites more than one source and visual or descriptive references, includes a bibliography or cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

1-8 points. Judge this at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind any deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, too expensive or too rare) must be plausible and explained. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best. Judge on appropriateness, cultural consistency, and period effect.

  • Form/function— alphabet style, text.
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect.
  • Materials used— pen (quills or reed pens, etc), writing media (paper, parchment, etc.), ink, etc.
  • Design, style—period layout, design.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Intermediate level, keeping in mind that not all period pieces are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—quantity of text, flourishes, ligatures, etc.
  • Difficulty of lettering style.
  • Difficulty of design—layout, spacing, etc.
  • Difficulty of tools used (quills vs. metal nibs, period ink vs. modern, type of media printed on).
  • Extent of personalization or original ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant as an Intermediate calligrapher, based on the following:

  • Effective use of alphabet style, text, ink, etc.
  • Techniques: letters formed, spaced, and consistent, as intended.
  • Design: effective use of layout and spacing, work as a whole.
  • Function: does the piece look as it should look and will it serve its intended function.
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the 'wow' factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic in presentation and background.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You would proudly hang it on your wall and plan on sneaking it home.

Calligraphy; Advanced

Documentation

0-8 points. Judging and scoring for Documentation is based on a graduated level of knowledge and discussion of the components of the piece. Advanced level documentation should have a thorough discussion of the components of the recitation, explains the rationale behind methods, materials, skills and tools, provides illustrations (if available), references and notes, as well as any original research or experimentation. Any conscious compromises should be explained. A summary page is helpful if the documentation is exceptionally in-depth, and more detailed work can also be put in appendices. Verbal feedback during the judging, how well the entrant understands the period practice and process of the creation of their entry beyond what is written, can enhance the Documentation score. Give score based on the following:

  • Description and discussion of entry including the following: country of origin, period of origin, characteristics of style for that period.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of materials and skills used to complete the project.
  • Thorough knowledge or discussion of methods and tools used to complete the project.
  • Research and reference: very complete sources and visual or descriptive references, includes a bibliography and cites sources in a standard format (endnotes, footnotes, parenthetical, MLA, etc.).

Authenticity

1-8 points. Judge this at the Advanced level, keeping in mind any deviations or substitutions from authentic period equivalents (reasonable substitutions for elements that are too toxic, too expensive or too rare) must be plausible and explained. Efforts to achieve a completely authentic item (except those items that are unsafe) will score best. Judge on appropriateness, cultural consistency, and period effect.

  • Form/function— alphabet style, text.
  • Methods of creation—appropriate to period or are consistent and give a period effect.
  • Materials used— pen (quills or reed pens, etc), writing media (paper, parchment, etc.), ink, etc.
  • Design, style—period layout, design.

Complexity

1-5 points. Rank the ambition of the entry, not the workmanship, based on the following. Judge the entrant at the Advanced level, keeping in mind that not all period pieces are complex.

  • Scope of endeavor—quantity of text, flourishes, ligatures, etc.
  • Difficulty of lettering style.
  • Difficulty of design—layout, spacing, etc.
  • Difficulty of tools used (quills vs. metal nibs, period ink vs. modern, type of media printed on).
  • Extent of personalization or original ideas.

Workmanship

1-5 points. Rank the quality of execution and success of the entry. Judge the entrant as an Advanced calligrapher, based on the following:

  • Effective use of alphabet style, text, ink, etc.
  • Techniques: letters formed, spaced, and consistent, as intended.
  • Design: effective use of layout and spacing, work as a whole.
  • Function: does the piece look as it should look and will it serve its intended function.
  • Period styling or personalization or special embellishment.

Overall Quality

1-4 points. Evaluate the work as a whole, rating the aesthetic effect and appeal beyond the mere technical proficiency. Consider how you react to the entry (intuitive response) and other items not previously addressed. This is the 'wow' factor; following are some examples to consider, but the category is not limited to these.

  • Completely authentic in presentation and background.  -OR-
  • Unique or outstanding display or attempt at period presentation.  -OR-
  • Logical creative endeavor within a period methodology (creativity/individuality).  -OR-
  • You would proudly hang it on your wall and plan on sneaking it home.