Sancha Galindo de Toledo
Baroness Sancha Galindo de Toledo
Azure, an owl Or in cross four mullets Or in saltire four roundels argent.
I first became interested in the SCA when I was attending Rice University in Houston. I went to a a local Ren Fair with some friends and saw a demo. It piqued my interest, but I didn't have the time to play much then. Later when I was in grad school in 1998, I started playing with the College of Brymstone. I attended weekly meetings and went to the Barony of Atenveldt's fighter practices. I don't recall what my first event was.
Rapier combat, calligraphy and illumination, sewing garb, autocrating events.
I was inspired by my mother's side of the family and developed a Spanish persona. I used the SCA's resources to find lists of Spanish names and eventually settled on Sancha because I liked the sound of it and because my sister's dog was named Sancha. [Insert Indian Jones joke here.] I originally started out as 14th Century, but I have been expanding my interests into the 16th Century. I have enjoyed reading on the history of the Spanish in the Netherlands. I do have heraldry: Azure, an owl Or in cross four mullets Or in saltire four roundels argent. I was inspired by the heraldry of my alma mater, Rice University, and by the mechanical owl, Bubo, in "Clash of the Titans (1981)." The mullets and roundels represent moons and stars. My motto is "Alis Volat Propriis." (She flies on her own wings)
Arts and Sciences Info
I primarily do C&I and sewing, though I have dabbled in finger loop braiding and tablet weaving. I recently completed the seven commander scrolls for Morgan and Elizabeth's current reign. I am very proud of them. I typically don't enter competitions, in part because my art gets given away as award scrolls. My highest arts award is the Flower of the Desert.
I fight rapier. I am the current RMIC for Estrella. My highest award is the Order of the Lynx.
I have volunteered at many feast events either helping serve or in the kitchen. I have also feast-o-crated large events in partnership with my husband, Master Domingo Diego Diaz de la Vega. He handles the cooking and I handle the serving. I enjoy the planning and logistics of it. I have been Head Lady in Waiting for Duchess Asa, baronial scribe for Tir Ysgithr, regalia officer fir Tir Ysgithr, and unofficially the seneschal for the College of Brymstone. I enjoy volunteering to be guard or lady in waiting for various royals and nobles. I have taught classes in war scenario design for rapier combat, fabric identification and selection for period clothing, and running a feast.