Dec 15, 2009

Why Renaissance?

by Emilio Miller-Lopez
I am starting this post with the Webster Dictionary definition of Renaissance, because to me it is an important element in the concept of RenCon 2010, our new east coast event which launches this April in Maryland:

RENAISSANCE (from Websters)
1. the transitional movement in Europe between medieval and modern times beginning in the 14th century in Italy, lasting into the 17th century, and marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts and literature and by the beginnings of modernscience 2. a movement or period of vigorous artistic and intellectual activity

On April 9th-11th in Hunt Valley Maryland, Faerieworlds and Renaissance Magazine will launch RenCon, a gathering of music, art, lore, crafts and culture. The event will be a celebration of the current artistic, mythic and cultural "rebirth," and an intentional gathering of creativity, with influences from Medieval and Renaissance culture and art. RenCon will feature John and Caitlin Matthews, two of the world's foremost scholars of Celtic, Arthurian and Medieval lore, Brian and Wendy Froud, two of the most influential mythic and faerie artists of our time, and the German medieval influenced bands Qntal and Estampie. Our intention with RenCon is not to be a re-enactment of a time past, but to celebrate the visionary cultural and artistic movement it has inspired in the present, and to be part of a "rebirth" of the very meaning of Renaissance in this modern age.


  1. Love your explanation, it's perfect!
    Sounds like another wonderful event to add to the FaerieWorlds lineup. Will we get a RenCon here on the west side too???
    P.S. We took Toby Froud's workshop earlier this month. Pop over to see the pictures!

  2. Dear Emilio, Kelly and all the Woodland clan,

    Thanks for your magical welcome at Faerieworlds 2009, your sweet praise in this blog, your friendship & inspiration. I enjoyed being with you so much, both in the US and Europe, that you'll be forever in my elf heart & soul. Glad Faeriecon was also great and wishing you much joy at RenCon. I heard it was the Elizabethans who first depicted faery folk with wings. (Can any of you confirm that?) Then they shrank to miniature nursery size in the Victorian era! Whereas in ancient times, they were more elemental (dryads, nymphs, sylphs, etc); Kipling's "Puck of Pook's Hill" explores this history to some extent, but I'd welcome more insights from fellow faerieworlders. Meanwhile, a joyous New New Year to you all! Love ever, Louisa John-Krol (writing from sunny Australia). xxxxx

  3. P.S. If any of you are into faery cats, you might enjoy the mew-sings of one of my rescued cats, Dulcinea. Her blog "Dulcie's Dalliance" is here:

    (Still new to this technology, so not yet sure how to invite people. Your tips for blogging are welcome from this vague elf-witch.)
    Kisses & Green Things,
    Louisa John-Krol