Hobbies are hobbies and really as long as they make you happy does it need to be relevant? No, not really. But still the question remains are the scribal activities we do in the SCA relevant?
I think the answer to that is a resounding, “Heck, Yes we are!”
First of all there is the calligraphy and the illumination. People outside of the SCA pay hundreds upon hundreds of dollars to receive the fine art of calligraphy and the art done by illumination artists. Hand done calligraphy for weddings is a steady business across the country as are certificates, awards and many other things. Yes, what we do is very relevant to the modern world.
But what makes me give a resounding, “Heck, Yes we are!” is the news. What? Yes, you read that right, the news. You can not go a week without some article coming out in the news about manuscripts being discovered, destroyed, re-opened, re-bound, re-made, or some other thing about manuscripts. I know of very little else in the art and history worlds that so often gathers so much attention across the world.
– New Scripts of Calligraphy Found in the Vatican Archives.
– DNA may reveal where manuscripts come from.
– Rebels torch irreplaceable manuscripts in Timbuktu
I think it is more than fair to say that as scribes in the modern world who in some way or another work to recreate the writing and manuscript arts of the past, that what we do is very relevant. And even if it isn’t, we have something we enjoy very much that makes people draw their breath in. And that is awesome too.