"I Kaimel Coa." ~ "The Dream Lives." --Elvish saying
Who is Princess Lolly, anyway?Edit
Formally known amongst the noble Faerie Courts as:
Her Royal Highness Fatima Tempest Kilrain ni Fiona
Crown Princess of Storms
Duchess of Lilac Fields and Cascadia
High Lady of Two Rivers and Greenwood
Lord Magistrate of the Parliament of Dreams
Noble of the Crystal Circle
Order of the Silver Oak
That's really quite the garble of marbles to say though, so, they call me Princess Lolly :)
Vision of the Living Fairy Tale : This, Our Life!EditThe Renfaire and Fannish community is more than just that. Whether fairy, pirate, nobleman or lady, knight, merchant or artist, we are all tight-knit family. Each year, the renfaires and conventions assemble for their weekends of merriment, fancy dress and epic tales that shall be recounted in years to come (probably with exponential glory)!
This is no "mere entertainment" or "summertime hobby" - these are our stories! We game and craft, play and cry, create mayhem and merriment and for a short period of time step into a realm of magic and possibility!I believe these stories deserve codification, they are worthy of retelling around the fires at night with a sweet cup of blackberry mead. And so to these ends I do not just visit these pocket realms and disappear again, a puff of glittery memory...
...I write down my adventures around the realm. Record the romping, scribe the escapades and memorialize the mayhem! Along with my friend and illustrating partner Herb Leonhard , we work to bring this fantastic world of rennies to all the mundanes that have yet to discover the amazing life that is ours :)
These are my vision of a Living Fairy Tale . They are stories that actually happened, with "characters" that are quite real, not made-up. I hope to use the adventures, efforts, lessons and fun that myself and the children embark upon as a platform to build and strengthen our community and values!
The Glitterati! (aka Renfaire & Con Work)EditWhen the veil between worlds has risen again, and I am safely back at my castle in the Emerald City (Seattle), I oversee a number of projects including running my magical supply shoppe The Gilded Quill.
Like the social (media) butterfly that I am however, it is a natural fit that I should manage presence of several renfaires, conventions and businesses on ye olde internet.
I am most honored to say that as of this year, I have accepted the offer from Her Most Serene Highness Tatianna as the Public Relations Director of Ye Merrie Greenwood!!
It is my goal to act as a community hub for information, news and events. I use my *fabulous* interwebs and public relation skillz to mobilize a grassroots marketing platform for the NW Renfaire and Sci-fi scene :)
I do this primarily by overseeing the establishing the presence, strategy, analytics and upkeep of various online portals and tools such as the infamous Book of Faces, Twitter, Pinterest, Brown Paper Tickets, Wikipedia, and general email and internet communications.
As a major part of the effort to see our community burst into the world, I put particular emphasis on showcasing all of the small business merchants, artists, authors and performers that create our community by networking and connecting with them where ever we can support one another.
Visit some our venues and see for yourself!
Ye Merrie Greenwood on FB
Wenatchee Renfaire on FB
Glastonbury Renfaire on FB
Sherwood Fantasy Faire on FB
SpoCon Sci-fi Fantasy Convention on FB
RadCon Sci-fi Fantasy Convention on FB
BackgroundEditI was born at a regal citadel called Castle Dragonsong, just outside the City of Roses (Portland, OR). Four dragons, one from each corner of the earth, gathered to herald the birth of this little royal baby and their song sang out across the land! (Pretty epic, huh?!) It became rapidly apparent at a young age that I was given to exceedingly sparkly dresses and sweet treats.
As a youngling, I studied at the fairy academy of Tír Eolas - that means "Place of Knowledge" in Gaelic. My ciriculum included a palatte of magical knowledge, artistic skills (like bookbinding), musical learning as a flautist, folklore and languages (particularly one known as "HTML"). Naturally, being all bright and sparkly as fae are wont to be, being both educated and excellently fabulous, I decided to use my shine to champion the wonderful community that I dearly love!
As a public persona and artisan myself I can understand the difficulty of navigating the human world of technology. I use my visibility, networking and marketing experience to support the handmade and merchant industry by connecting to small businesses, actors and entertainers. I also apply these talents toward the promotion, growth and showcasing of the amazing world of Renfaires, Festivals and Conventions!
Each time I journey the Silver Path (roads and freeways, you call them) to a Renfaire or Festival, I travel with my entourage, Fantasy Arts and Entertainment (FAE) Hollow. It is a creative collective of persona actors, founded by Yours Truly, with a focus on children's entertainment.
We travel primarily around the NW United States (that would be the Kingdom of Storms) as an organized fantasy presence at Renaissance Faires and Festivals with the goal of providing a venue of activity and fun for the younger audience (in age, or in heart :) and engaging the public interactively whilst out at Faire.
Court of FAE HollowEdit
Who are all these lovely faeries that travel the Kingdom with me? Well, meet them!
Breezle the Pukah Edit
Breezle is one of the most often spied within the court. Often found outdoors engaged in mischief somewhere, Breezle is a hoot to see. She doesn't speak much because she is still learning the language of humans, which often leads to quite the comedy of errors!
Lady Lah-de-DahEditPrincess Lolly's royal face-painter extraordinaire and proprietor of FP Crew! Lady La-de-Dah travels the Realm with her magical brushes of color and transforms little faces everywhere into works of whimsy and art :) She is filled with one of the most upbeat and fun personalities you will see anywhere and is always happy to paint a face for every occassion!
Thistle the Earth FairyEditThistle is an Earth Fairy that has been a quiet friend of the her highness for many years. Just this year, Princess Lolly finally managed to coax her out into Greenwood for the first time. She loved it so much she decided to join the court!
Clover the Balloon FairyEditClover the Balloon Fairy just started traveling with FAE Hollow this year at Greenwood She is an amazing talent at balloon twisting and general sparkly entertainment everywhere she goes! Rumour has it that when she isn't out and about with the court, she has a penchant for magically appearing at farmer's markets.
Artea the DragonEditArtea is one of Princess Lolly's dragons. Often it is asked, "What do you do with the rat-tails you collect?" Well, the answer is that they go to Artea for crunchy snacky-treats! She was last seen around the green in the Hamlet of Two Rivers.
Serena the Blue MermaidEditSirena the Blue Mermaid emerged from the riverbank near Greenwood, taking everyone by surprise! Surfing around the faire, she found such a wonderful welcome in the hollow that she decided to swim all the way over to the Puget Sound and join the court. Once settled in her new grotto, she'll be making future appearances with Princess Lolly!
Serafin Flamedancer the Fire ElementalEditSerafin Flamedancer a Fire Elemental of the court who lives in the Two Rivers Hamlet (Wenatchee Renfaire). She assists Princess Lolly as one of ladies, helping to oversee and manage spritelings and games.
Lady NightshadeEditLady Nightshade hails from the Spokane Renfaire where she is a handmaiden in the service of Queen Mab. Princess Lolly met her for the first time this year when she visited Greenwood as an emissary on behalf of her Queen, to meet for the first time in person.
The Renfaire vs. Fantasy ConundrumEditOne of the preeminent hurdles that I've seen in the Renfaire and Convention community is the struggle between the public adoration of faeries, pirates, wizards, mermaids and all things fantasy, versus the historical re-enactment (or Sci-fi focus) that is often the aim of the Faire or Con.
Faeries are an intrinsic part of the world, influencing and influenced by humans. They are represented across all cultures throughout each era. Even in historical England, there were faeries (mean little buggers they were!) We have only to look at sources like Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene or the anonymous Sir Orfeo as confirmation.
It is my goal to answer the call for an organized fantasy presence at typically historically based faires, in a way that compliments the venue rather than conflicts with it. My overall goal to expand the reach an event to be inclusive and accessible to a broader audience in a fashion that is integrated with the show.
Awards, Mentions, PublicityEdit
-- Canterbury Service to the Queen 2012
-- Orycon Hall Costume Award 2010
-- Orycon Hall Costume Award 2009
-- Pennons Bardic Champion 2005
-- Norwescon Hall Costume Award 2005
FFAQ (Faery Frequently Asked Questions)Edit
What type of Faerie are you?
I come from a class of Fae known as the Sidhe (pronouned: 'shee') or Aos Sí ('ess shee'). We are also often referred to as the Shining Host, Bright Ones, or People of the Mound, or Elves. They are a noble class of fairy, often described in human lore and legend as tall and slender and of regal bearing. We have pointy ears, some have wings, and we posses a sort of sparkly presence when we're around, often being told we "shine" (hence the moniker).
How did you get the nickname Lolly?
I love delicious, tasty candy (but NO chocolate)!
Why Princess, and not Queen?
As with most nobles, I was born into the title of Princess. I have spent my life working very hard to make that meaningful, not shallow! Perhaps one day I shall be raised to Faerie Queen of Storms, but really, have you seen how many queens there are out there all vying with each other?! I'm perfectly content to be right here :)
Can you fly?
I can. Unfortunately, the Faerie Aviation Association requires that when I travel into the mortal realms, that a flight plan be filed. Somehow, that paperwork just never gets done so I am grounded. One of these days it will be in on time - I'm working on it!
You know how it is when you're a titled, landed noble! There are sigils and crests for everything, everywhere and everyone - even for the Fae! With but a symbol we can communicate so many stories and history. Here are some of mine :)
Kingdom of StormsEditThis is the sigil for the Kingdom of Storms. Humans refer to my Kingdom (give or take some wobbly boundary lines) as "The Pacific Northwest". It is called Storms because, well, we have a saying: "If you don't like the weather, wait 10 minutes!"
Duchies of Lilac Fields and CascadiaEditIn the mundane realm, this territory is known as Eastern Washington. To Western Washington residents, it's known as "the other side of the mountains". These are the lands that were granted to me upon my birth and the place of my "home faire".
Known to humans as the greater Seattle area (give or take a bit north and south) and to Eastern Washington residents as "the other side of the mountains". When I was old enough to live on my own, I came to the Emerald City where I was granted this Duchy.
Barony of Greenwood Grove & Glastonbury GlenEdit
Ye Merrie Greenwood (Richland, WA) is where the re-emerging presence of the Fae began with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth formally establishing a presence for us there. Greenwood is symbolized by a snail, for this is the place where my famous magic wand (affectionately named) "Battlesnail" was gifted to me.
The invitation to the fae was extended to further of Her Majesty's lands in Glastonbury Renfaire (Toledo, OR). For the Fae, it is represented by a goblin fruit - perhaps having something to do with a bit of a fiasco that involved them being "accidentally" spilled around the faire.
Two Rivers HamletEditOtherwise known as Wenatchee, WA. The Wenatchee Renfaire is home to the infamous Wishing Well, where each year I issue quests to the brave adventurers that enter my court and then regale them with awards and prizes for their excellent service!
Tír Eolas Academy and The Crystal CircleEditThis is a noble order that takes students of fairy magic (also known as glamour magick) and the art of the mysteries. I was inducted into this after my time at the academy and have extended my learning with Mahlorian Green Craft.
This is the sigil of my Alma Mater, Tír Eolas, which means "Place of Knowledge" in the Gaelic tongue. It is located in a secret location deep within the Mosscreep Forest of Cascadia.