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Is the Role of the Order of the Laurel in Æthelmearc?
The Laurels of Æthelmearc consider the disseminating of information on medieval and renaissance arts and sciences to be our most important task. Each of us was recognized by the Crown not only for our skills as artisans, researchers and/or performers, but also for our dedication to teaching those skills to others.
the Right Laurel
If you are interested
in learning from a Laurel, you can browse through the Æthelmearc Laurel
web page to find the Master or Mistress nearest you whose area of
skill and interests match yours. Don’t be shy - contact that Laurel
and ask for information and help! Most Laurels have a passion for
their arts and are eager to share what they know.
Laurels who wish
to establish or recognize a special relationship with a particular individual
may ask that person to become an apprentice. But don’t think you
must be apprenticed to someone to learn from them, or to become a Laurel
yourself! Most of us will gladly teach anyone who approaches us
politely, with interest and enthusiasm. There are as many ways to
be an apprentice as there are Laurels - that topic is covered in this
article - but if you wish to become someone's apprentice, it's a good
idea to get to know the Laurel well and also to seek the advice of others
before you make a commitment.
As Peers of the
Society, most of us also believe it is our duty to set an example of courtly
and honorable behavior, and to teach those values to our apprentices and
associates. This does not mean we are perfect. We have good
days and bad, and while we try to be kind and considerate, sometimes we
get busy or cranky just like you. Please forgive us and understand
that we are human, too.
While people often
speak of “the Laurels” or “the Chivalry” or “the Pelicans,” please also
remember that we are individuals. We may share a passion for our
arts, but our personalities and viewpoints are as diverse as those arts.
None of us individually presumes to speak for the order as a whole, and
just because one Laurel (or more) holds a particular viewpoint does not
mean that “the Order” does too.
As an Order, the Laurels of Æthelmearc occasionally sponsor special activities at events, like Artisans’ Exhibits or Forums. These are intended as venues in which artisans, no matter their rank, can display their work and their research, and receive feedback, advice and support from the Laurels as well as the populace. The Order has also provided “Ask a Laurel” tables at Academy sessions. Don’t be intimidated by a gaggle of Laurels chatting together - we’re talking to each other only because you haven’t come to talk to us yet! Please jump right in with questions, ideas, and samples of your work.
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