If you going to Scarborough fair, don’t forget your renaissance pins!

“Are you going to Scarborough Faire? Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme …” are lyrics that originated from a medieval English ballad, but were popularized in 1966 by singers Simon & Garfunkel.”

During the Middle Ages, the seaside town of Scarborough, England, hosted a trade fair that lasted 45 days. It was an important venue for tradesmen from England, Europe, and the Byzantine Empire. Such a large occasion attracted a variety of buyers, sellers and entertainers that fed and entertained the tradesmen.

Although there is no longer a Scarborough Faire, many renaissance fair celebrations take place every September to mark the original event. Most feature entertainers in period costumes, food and crafts, while some even stage jousting competitions.

The 2009 Scarborough Renaissance Festival in North Carolina asked us to create an official performer’s badge. They sent us a black-and-white line drawing that featured a castle draped by a large dragon with banners above and below.

Our designers kept true to their design, yet enhanced it to make it memorable. They created the badge in antique silver to give it a “rustic” look, while the castle and dragon were sculpted in 3-D to give them a life-like look. When created in 3-D, the Renaissance Festival banners were shown to be “billowing in the wind,” while the 3-D link chain encapsulated the entire image.