Well, OK, no rocks, but otherwise a lot of paper and surely a scissor or two was involved.
Last week I visited The Royal Armoury with a friend and I especially wanted to see the new exhibition Renaissance fashion in paper. 28 life-sized hand-painted paper costumes with the goal to show off the abundance of the Florentine Renaissance court of the Medici family. The costumes ranges from 15th to 18th century, but the main focus was the 16th century, and I was so so happy! I can’t believe that anyone can make so much beauty with just paper, but obviously, there are people who can.
Because the original outfits have not survived, the artist has based her pieces on portraits and she herself creates the parts that we can’t see; the lower parts of the body and the backsides.
I’m going to share some of my favorites here with you, but I hope you can come to Stockholm and see for yourself! The exhibition is open until 19 March 2017.
Finally some twitching of inspiration in these resting hands. I really need to get some things done right now in the beginning of the reenacting season! My plan is to, at least, get some small projects done for Double wars, which starts in the end of April. My short list consists of; pink women hosen, a warm underskirt in wool and a linen schleier (a german 16th century veil). That’s a reasonable plan, isn’t it? I should be able to manage that…
Right now I’m working, so I can’t get to it, but what I can do with this twitching hand is to look for more inspiration. Because I really need more of that and more pictures on my Pinterest… So, I’m going through the website where one of my favourite pin comes from! Lots and lots of pretty stuff, so I’m making more pins. Here are some of the best ones.
So, as I’ve said before yellow is a colour that for me makes Viking garb look very authentic. The pictures bellow have been great inspirations for me!
So I bought some yellow wool at medieval week in Visby, and last weekend I spent in Visby at the SCA-event Lucia feast with Styringheim. And from Åsa Vävare I got some wonderful sewing silk!
The colour was hard to catch in picture, but it is a beautiful pale golden yellow that’s going to become a Viking tunic for me! Soon. Maybe.
As I maybe said before I’m developing my viking garb! I recently finished my Sköldhamns hood, which I’m going to show you sometime and I bought some wool in Visby to do a Eura dress! I’m going to do that. Later.
But when we recently bought some linen I also added some dark blue wool to make an apron/fronth cloth for my apron dress. I think a separate apron is a good why to dress up or down your Viking garb. With a beautiful fabric and/or maybe some trim or embroidery, you can make a pretty piece to add to your base garb to make it into a fancier court garb or other occasions when you want to look your best! Other times when you want to work or maybe do some cooking a simple separate linen apron can keep your garb from getting destroyed and you can easily wash it afterwards.
(Pictures from my Pinterest)
But how do I want it to look? The lower left picture made me decide on a dark blue. But how long and how wide do I want to make it? Some have very short ones, others ends before the dress hem under and some ends below the dress hem. I think the long length, as in the lower middle picture, is the prettiest. But I want it to start higher up in the top, evenly with the apron dress, as the dark blue one.
As for the width I think the model that ends under the brooches is the best, that doesn’t sticks out at the sides. And there between the brooches I’m going to add some trims that I have at home, made with tablet weaving, in wool.
So when I’ve put it together, I’ll show it to you!
If you want to read more about Viking female clothing and finds go to this page.
So, I have some tips for you interested in the 16th century! This is one of my focus periods and I also have a lot of friends who enjoys big hats, huge bottoms and mayor bling (”Major Bling!”). And of course I want you guys to take part of all the goodness as well!
For all of you there is, free and available for downloading, a book about german 16th century clothing that has been really hard to get now! It’s about clothing and house textiles in Nürnberg, Germany 1500-1650. It’s in german, but full of pretty pictures!
And for all of you Swedish followers, or those who can travel to Sweden for this marvelous occasion , there is the Tudor tailors! The writers of the book Jane Malcom-Davies and Ninya Mikhaila is going to Uppsala, Sweden and is giving lectures and workshops for a whole weekend. 4-6 march 2016, a weekend of ruffs, fabrics, mingling and renaissance food! I’m not sure if I will be able to attend it, but I really think it’s a wicked opportunity for all of us.
The event is in english but the facebook page is in swedish, but that’s what Google translate is for!
Get more information here!
So, if you haven’t guessed it yet, I’m Swedish. And therefor I’m pretty lucky when it comes to learning languages, especially English. I’ve studied English since the age of 9, I think. And since then I’ve heard English every day in songs, movies, TV etc. And because of that I have a pretty decent vocabulary and I’m quite confident when writing and speaking.
And still, I make mistakes, and now when I’m getting into some new things with this blog, I’m challenging myself and my use of the English language. So I’m about to do a lot of mistakes, I’m going to do some direct translating that won’t be correct English. Buut I hope you’ll understand me anyhow!
I think this is a good opportunity for my historical re-enactment and how I present it. In SCA we talk a lot of English and when we have contests and presentations in Arts and sciences they’re in English. So doing this blog is a good practise if I want to engage in that kind of things.
Okay, for my birthday, one of the gifts was the new and amazing book by Marion McNealy, who did a lecture I went on at Medieval week on Gotland!
The book contains three 16th century Austrian tailors’ guild masterbook manuscripts which gives us patterns to both mens and womens clothing, tents, banner and ecclesiastical fashion! I’m so in love with it and I want to do every garment in it… And you guys will be the first ones to see it when it happens… Sometime..
You can (and should) get it, for example from Amazon! Click here!