More photos of Red Dragon 2016, from Raven Haraldson, unless otherwise noted:

Raven Haraldson, 10th C. Russian Dresses

Raven’s display about 10th C. Russian dresses won the North Oaken Craftspersons Documentation Award, and rightly so. Her display was detailed and informative, yet had enough visual appeal to convey those details to the typical Faire-goer. I really enjoyed Raven’s display on its merits and not just because I share an interest in 10th C. Northern women’s clothes.

The next display I also found fascinating:

“Masks Through Time”

“The display is a comprehensive study of early masking, concentrating on the little stag pagan new year holiday up to early carnival. This study is tracked by using church sermons against the practice of masking through the church supporting Fat Tuesday and sponsored festivals like carnival. Along with this timeline tracking displayed are the tools and methods hypothesized for how the masks themselves were made.”

Quoting Lady Seraphina Marascharte, mka Britney Harrell


Amy Ryan, Blackwork Embroidery

As someone who has played Renaissance lute for nearly fifty years in a facsimile Elizabethan court dress, I found Amy Ryan’s blackwork embroidery to be lovely, accomplished, and quintessentially Tudor.ย Her work is both technically superlative and deeply creative:


Another great accomplishment that was much admired was Bev Roden’s Pelican hood:


My personal hero of the day was Baroness Constanza de Mendoza. After sustaining a fairly significant injury to the wrist, she re-entered the lists in the invitational, because it was such an honor for Count Nikolai to have chosen her as his sole fighter.

Baroness Constanza de Mendoza, on the left


Baroness Constanza de Mendoza, photo Teri McCarthy


I’m happy to say that Her Excellency told me today that her wrist is much better. ๐Ÿ™‚

One last photo for this admittedly woman-centric post, of a happy couple, Raven and Carl-Johan Haraldson: