Fu Ching Lan

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Fu Ching Lan
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Resides: Angels
Status: Active
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Fu Ching Lan

Persona

Enscribed by Fu Ching Lan:

During the reign of Zhu Di (1402-1424), known as the Yongle Emperor, I was born in the city of Nanchang, near the Tengwang Pavilion. Regarded as one of the Four Great Towers of China, this beautiful building, located on the east bank of the Gan River, was originally built by Prince Teng in 653 AD.
Named Fu Ching Lan, I was raised by my loving parents, Liang Liang and Fu Ching Wan, members of higher society who frequently visited the pavilion, called the Greeting Kindness Hall during that time. This was a time of great importance for China because of a senior court eunuch named Zheng He, who was also an explorer, an admiral of the royal fleet, and a very popular diplomat. The Emperor ordered Admiral Zheng to take the fleet of treasure ships on a series of trading expeditions ranging far and wide across the sea. My father was assigned as an ambassador, and were he went, so did I.
My beautiful mother was too delicate of a flower for such long journeys so she remained at home while I ventured with the fleet. First to the ancient Kingdom of Koryo (Korea) at the very young age of 7. It was here that we met General Yi Seong-gye, who would later rule as King Taejo. Thanks to my father's efforts a close relationship between our Kingdoms was established.
We even traveled as far as Nippon (Japan) and were received at the court of the Shogun who treated us with great respect, befitting a nation that owed tribute to the Dragon Emperor. The Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimochi greeted us warmly, even though he was sad because his father had recently died.
It was during those travels I was hard at work learning from my many tutors how to read and write in several languages, and all about court protocols, politics, geography, and seafaring. These where required by my father, whereas my mother wanted me to learn the arts of embroidery, calligraphy, and how to be a perfect wife for my future husband. 
The death of the Dragon Emperor during battle against the dreaded Mongols put an end to our travels (and any thoughts of marriage for me) when his successor Zhu Gaochi suddenly called Admiral Zheng He and the fleet home. The new Emperor was not interested in any nation other than ours. Shortly after we returned from our great voyage, we were shocked to hear that he ordered the beautiful treasured fleet burned and canceled the trade agreements my father had worked so hard to establish.
Seeing the way the wind was blowing, my father took our family to Chengdu, the capital of the Sichuan province and from there we traveled along the Silk Road to the ancient Indian kingdom of Magadha. It was like a sea voyage, except we had miles of land instead of sea to travel. Even so, as always, he established trade along the way for future business ventures, and to keep his family safe.
Alas, he was taken ill with a mysterious disease before his dreams could be realized. We got as far as the city of Lhasa, high in the mountains, where we were abandoned by most of our servants and tutors who wanted to go home to China. Only the two most loyal remained with us: my "uncles" Zhao Han and Deng Enlai. I had to teach Uncle Zhao all that I learned from my father so that we could pretend he was head of the family. Strangely enough, my mother found life in the mountain much to her liking.
Through much patience, diplomacy, and hard work, we established my father's dream of a thriving business for trading goods that went from China to India and beyond. But that was his dream; mine is to go far beyond that, to travel even farther than my father's imagination had taken him.

Offices & Positions

Event Staff

Classes Taught

Projects & Publications

  • Arts & Sciences Pentathlon 2003 - Embroidery; People's Prize
  • Arts & Sciences Champion, Barony of Altavia (with Lord Ryuusaki Raiden, for their combined efforts on the leather worked dagger sheath), 4/29/06

Associates

  • William Blackfox Award nominee for "The Seraph", 2003
  • William Blackfox Award 2014
    • Winner, Best Graphics and Layout, "The Seraph," 2014
    • Nominee, Best Newsletter, "The Seraph," 2014
  • William Blackfox Award 2015
    • Winner, Best Article "How to Make Your Own Vinegar" by Master Donal O'Brien OL, Winter Issue 2014

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  • SCA-Related Artwork
    • Barony of the Angels Facebook page (Barony of the Angels)
    • Altavia/Angels Joint Yule 2014 Facebook page (Altavia\Angels Yule)

Scrolls

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Coronation Winter 2013 011.JPG Detail of Harp Argent Gwendolyn of Amberwood

Garb & Other Hand-Crafted Items

Coptic tunics researched, designed, and crafted by THL Fu Ching Lan and Lady Arianna Foxford for Baron Peter Cadarn and Baroness Gabrielle nicChlurain on the occasion of Angels Anniversary 2014

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Baron Tunic - front
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Baron Tunic - back
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Baroness Tunic Dress - front
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Baroness Tunic Dress - back
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Hand-embroidered Dog roundel
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Hand-embroidered Rhino roundel

Items created in 2015

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Maestra Flavia Beatrice Carmigniani device
2015 JohnApGriffin Device.jpg
Baron John ap Griffin device
091215 FlaviaJohn Chair Covers.jpg
Chair covers for Maestra Flavia & Baron John
07-2015 Lyondemere Paper Umbrella.jpg
Paper parasol for Baroness Rutilia Fausta
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Tunic for Baron Peter Cadarn
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Detail, tunic for Baron Peter
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Inkle-woven trim for Baron Peter's garb
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Chair cover for Baron Peter
091215 Gabrielle Chair cover.jpg
Chair cover for Baroness Gabrielle nicChlurain
2015 Outlands Bag Presentation Gift.jpg
Largesse for Kingdom of the Outlands
2015 Niko Greek Garment 1.jpg
Greek garb for THL Nikolaos Phaistios
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Greek garb for THL Nikolaos Phaistios

Items created in 2016

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Viking Dress
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Viking Embroidery
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Russian Hat
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Leather sporran, Calafia-Gyldenholt Friendship Tourney 03/05/2016

Banners

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030716 FuChingLan NikosBanner.jpg Banner for THL Nikolaos Phaistios, 2016
030716 FuChingLan MoniqueSauniereBanner.jpg Banner for Lady Monique Marie Sauniere, 2016
030716 FuChingLan HughApRhysBanner.jpg Banner for Lord Hugh ap Rhys, 2016
030716 FuChingLan Detail RhysBanner.jpg Detail, Banner for Lord Hugh ap Rhys, 2016
030716 FuChingLan CassandraCollinsBanner.jpg Banner for the lady Cassandra Collins, 2016
030716 FuChingLan BrianaMacCabeBanner.jpg Banner for Lady Briana MacCabe, 2016
030716 FuChingLan GordonFlag.jpg Gordon Clan Flag for Calafia-Gyldenholt Friendship Tourney, 03/05/2016
030716 FuChingLan GordonBanner.jpg Gordon Clan Banner for Calafia-Gyldenholt Friendship Tourney, 03/05/2016
Angel banner 1.jpg New Barony of the Angels banner, designed and painted by THL Fu Ching Lan
Angel banner 2.jpg New Barony of the Angels banner
Angel banner 3.jpg New Barony of the Angels banner
Angel banner 4.jpg New Barony of the Angels banner
Angel banner 5.jpg New Barony of the Angels banner
Promissory banner 1.jpg Banner promissory won by Master Manus le Dragonier, made for THL Beatrice MacKelli
Promissory banner 2.jpg Banner promissory won by Master Manus le Dragonier, made for THL Beatrice MacKelli
Gabrielle nicChlurain Banner.jpg Personal banner created for Baroness Gabrielle nicChlurain