The Birth of Isabetta



And she was born…

Posted by admin on March 6, 2009

After many years of pondering what I wanted to do as “my website” finally it hit me.

While Isabetta del Gatta was probably conceived on February 20th, 2007, at Buckston-on-Eno, one could say my first event (War of the Wings II) on October 12th, 2007, was the date I was born. I was christened on August 10th, 2008, when I heard my name had passed. But who is Isabetta? Sure, she’s a lady from 15th Century Florence, but beyond that?

When you’re hanging out with folks who have been in the SCA for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or more years it is easy to look at their wardrobes full of houppelandes and cotehardies, and feel shabby in your simple Ren Faire-esque gown. It’s easy to be amazed at someone’s fantastic feast gear in a nifty case, all period perfect to their persona, and wish you could go out and buy your own. It’s daunting to see walls of scrolls for service and A&S and think “I’ll never be as good”. As much as I would like I cannot master everything, I can’t. I’m just learning how to sew, so magically knowing how to turn a pile of wool and linen into a fantastic giornea and gamurra is fantasy. Nor do I have the funds to buy period-perfect pavilions and fill it with bedding, chairs, and chests. It takes a while to learn skills and collect possessions. Some interests may wane and others grow.

And that is what I plan to chronicle here. There is no lack of areas of interest – from harp to heraldry. I may lose interest in some and gain skills in others – in fact, I’m sure of that. I hope that others will help give me guidance and suggestions here. “Seasoned” SCAdians have already done this, and re-inventing the wheel is silly. Also, perhaps, I may be of help to another SCA newbie who shows up at her first event and feels overwhelmed to realize that no, you don’t have to have it all and do it all and be it all right from the start.

So, yes, Isabetta was born “fully formed” but she still has to learn and grow. And we will chronicle that journey here.

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