Mistress Mayken Van Der Alst, OL
(Prior: Maeva Eriksdottir)
Barony of Castlemere, Trimaris
Prior: Drachenwald

Persona/Year:
    15th century Lowlands/Germany

Peers
    Pelican:
    Laurel: Elevated 2008-01-12 [Master Terefan Greydragon > Foster Maol Mide ingen Medra]
    Knight:
    Master of Defense:

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Mistress Mayken


Persona:

Mayken is a scrivener and illuminator born and raised in Gladbeec, a thriving market town in the lower Rhinelands of the Duchy of Jülich-Berg in the Holy Roman Empire. Widowed she managed to eek out a comfortable living with the help of the money and scribal workshop left behind by her first husband. She has since remarried. Her second husband, third son of a lowborn noble who serves as officer in Duke Gerhard VII’s army, leaves her often to raise their son and tend to the business at home.

Offices:

Local:
Webminister (Shire of Two Seas, Kingdom of Drachenwald)
Minister of Arts & Sciences (Shire of Aventiure, Kingdom of Drachenwald)
Travel Liason Drachenwald 10th Anniversary Celebration (Kingdom of Drachenwald)
--- moved from Germany to the US in December 2003 ---

Local:
Minister of Arts & Sciences (Shire of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Chronicler (Shire of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Hospitaller / Demo Coordinator (Shire of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Herald (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Chancellor of the Privy Seal (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)

Kingdom:
Chart Signet, Kingdom of Trimaris
Herald at Large, Kingdom of Trimaris
Jack Herald, Kingdom of Trimaris

Event Staff Positions:
Autocrat “Two Seas Galore” (Shire of Two Seas, Kingdom of Drachenwald)
Travel Liason Drachenwald 10th Anniversary Celebration (Kingdom of Drachenwald)
--- moved from Germany to the US in December 2003 ---
Autocrat “Scriptorium” 2005 (Shire of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Autocrat “Scriptorium” 2006 (Shire of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Autocrat “Scriptorium” 2007 (Shire of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Autocrat “Cutlasses & Corsairs” 2008 (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Autocrat “Hausmaerchen 2016” (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Class Coordinator “TMT 2009” (Kingdom of Trimaris)
Class Coordinator “Cutlasses & Corsairs 2010” (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Largesse Derby Coordinator “Cutlasses & Corsairs” 2013 (Shire of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Largesse Derby Coordinator “Cutlasses & Corsairs” 2016 (Shire of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Arts & Sciences Fair Coordinator “Hausmaerchen” 2013 (Shire of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Arts & Sciences Fair Coordinator “Cutlasses & Corsairs” 2016 (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Cutlasses & Corsairs” 2008 (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Webminister “Cutlasses & Corsairs” 2008 (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Webminister “Cutlasses & Corsairs” 2016 (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Webminister “Hausmaerchen” 2016 (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Webminister “Cutlasses & Corsairs” 2017 (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Quest Coordinator “Hausmaerchen 2016” (Barony of Castlemere, Kingdom of Trimaris)


Miscellaneous:
Founding member of Shire of Aventiure, Kingdom of Drachenwald 2002
Coordinator for Castlemere Cooking Guild “Castlemere Cookies” restart since 2005
Coordinator of Castlemere’s Scribes Guild “Castlemere Chancery” since 2004
Coordinator of Castlemere’s “Medieval Mad Hatter” Guild since 2012
Local Chart Signet for the Barony of Castlemere since 2013
Providing articles for inter-Kingdom (KWHSS), Kingdom, and local use
Demo participation (various local demos, BARF, etc.)
Art-Sci judging
Retainer (baronial and kingdom)
Kingdom Scribe (Kingdom of Drachenwald, Kingdom of Trimaris)
Gate (various events)
Court and Site herald (various events)
Barony of Castlemere Champions banners
Hall and Kitchen clean-up (various events)
Coordinator Castlemere 12th Night celebration (2007 & 2009)
Creation of event and guild websites (C&C 2008, C&C 2016, Castlemere A&S blog)
Hosting weekly and monthly Scribal workshops, since 2004
Coordinator of the Trimaris Award book for SCA 50th year celebration
Teaching classes on a variety of topics


Arts & Sciences

Illumination
Interests: Historically accurate materials and techniques in book arts, miniature portraits, panel painting, etc.

Classes:

Illumination:

So you want to be a kingdom scribe
Hachure – 15th century shading technique
Making Shell Gold
Easy Gilding
Titivillus and You: Mistakes are Period
Layout and Design
Illumination 101: The Basics
Illumination 102: You Can Draw Too!
Illumination 103: (Not) Bigger, Brighter, Bolder
A Witch's Kitchen: Period Materials for the Adventurous Scribe
Making Knotwork work
Paint and Pigments
Medieval Drawing Techniques
Monsters in the Margins: Medieval Drolleries
Pens and Brushes: Celtic Art
Pens and Brushes: The Age of Charlemagne
An Easy Initial – step by step
Medieval Ink
Crafting Medieval Brushes
Panel Painting with egg tempera paint


Calligraphy
Interests: Period materials techniques in handwriting, formal and secretary scripts, and paleography

Classes:
From Feather to Pen – Cutting quills for writing
Calligraphy 101: The Basics
The Gothic Script - Step by Step
The Celtic Script – Step by Step
Insular Manuscript – Step by Step (exists as kid-friendly and as ‘naughty’ for adult class)


Other Areas of Interest
Ranging from Beekeeping, Norse and German fashion, and accessories over SCA culture and heraldry to other crafts such as tent making, wood working, cooking, etc.

Misc. Classes:
Writing Letters of Recommendation
Me, myself, and I – Persona in the SCA
Back into the Past – Your first SCA kit
Teaching a Class
Demystifying the Art-Sci Competition
Largesse in the SCA
Heraldry in the SCA
The Trimarian Award System
How to make a 16th century hand lotion
The medieval Chancery - 15th century sealing wax
Medieval beekeeping – A beekeeper’s hood
Introduction to Norse glass beads and lampworking
Bezants – Bedazzling for the historical reenactor
The Norse Fashion Show – how to dress for success as a Viking
The German Wulsthaube
The medieval three-finger glove

Art-Sci Entries and Accolades
Kingdom Art-Sci: Exploring Cennini and Belbello: Miniature of an Angel (Gulf Wars Champion, Non-Pareil)
Kingdom Art-Sci: Beata Miniature (Gulf Wars Champion)
Kingdom Art-Sci: 15th century sealing wax in two colors (2015 Gulf Wars Champion)
Kingdom Art-Sci: Verdigris – The Green from Greece
Kingdom Art-Sci: A medieval Beekeeper’s Hood
Kingdom Art-Sci: A 16th century Handlotion
Kingdom Art-Sci: Elizabethan Miniature Portrait Paintings (2016 Gulf Wars Champion)