“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”

--Desiderius Erasmus

Monday, May 14, 2012

Technical weirdness.

None of the links to the class handouts are working. Darn you, Google documents!!

I will fix them. I don't know WHEN I will fix them, but soonishly. After this weekend.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Kitcheny goodnesses

The Consort and I went to England the third week of September, and we saw many wondrous things, including Dover Castle. Dover was built by Henry II as a guest house (a very fancy guest house, but where else would you put a foreign king?) but the site has been of military importance since the Iron Age and has been continuously garrisoned from shortly after Hastings until 1958. Dover is really a two-day day out, because there is just so much there to see--Roman, medieval, and both WW I and WW II. Mostly we spent our time in the keep and environs. English Heritage spent several years and a substantial amount of cash to "do it up right" and to show the keep as it would have been in 1184.

English Heritage's site about Dover.

The castle kitchens. Yes, it was really that dark.

 This time, without the fake sides of meat in the way.

And the hearth.

In general, the kitchen at Dover is not a place I'd like to try and cook in. Large, certainly, but not nearly enough light or ventilation. If I had to name a place, I'd have to say the Abbot's kitchen at Glastonbury Abbey (of which there are slides but none of them scanned) which although probably smaller is much better lit and ventilated. Glastonbury was the second-richest abbey in England, the first being Westminster. The kitchen was built in the 14th century.

Really nifty panoramic view of the interior of the Abbot's kitchen at this link.

Monday, July 11, 2011

New Handout!!

The class CD for the overgarments class is up--this includes the actual text handout, all the images referred to in the text, and a whole bunch of pictures of people wearing overgarments from 13th and 14th century manuscripts.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

No, I am not dead.

My hobby ate me.

[warning, SCA-ish heavy]

What happened was a) SUN on 11/13/2010 , for which I was teaching (some number of classes which may have been four), so I was busy with getting that ready. Then HSMs went and put myself and the Consort on vigil for the Order of the Laurel, and things kind of got squirrely. There was planning, and more planning, and research and more research, and then sewing, and more sewing (and a certain amount of ripping), and we were a trifle busy. Now that the elevation has happened, I can sort of breathe again. A little.

What I was planning on posting, initially, was the first installment of a 3-part article on 13th century overgarments. Now it's a 4-part, because I wasn't originally planning on including academic garments but since I've now made four of them, I really don't have an excuse not to add them.

Friday, October 22, 2010

New C&I and odds and ends.

After a review of the A and B blanks at Coronation by Master Gevehard, I touched up the whitework:

Detail A

Entire A

Detail B

Entire B

And the new one, which is in a Romanesque style:

We all live in a capital "I"...

There are also a couple of paternosters done, with the world's ugliest tassels, and I will photograph those and get them up as soon as I can. And a white linen twill cote, and a red sleeveless overgown/cyclas/surcote, made of the most evil worsted wool twill ever. No good photos of me in it, though.

Monday, August 30, 2010

New C&I work!!

I finished the A and B blanks a week or so ago, I just never got around to photographing them. These are the first two blanks in an alphabet of blanks, each of which should challenge me in some way. [Just doing 26 goldvine initials? Not a challenge.]

A is here.

B is here.

A is done with yellow underpainting for the gold. I can't say it makes a huge difference, actually, you really have to look closely at the right angle to tell the difference at all. Thus, I'm not likely to bother doing it again. The challenge here was a combination of diapering and whitework, and accomplishing same with a pretty pronounced shake in my hands (damn fibro!) and not having it be too visible in the finished product that my hands shake like aspen leaves in the wind.

The next one on the list is an I that I'd penciled but never finished, adjusted to be more Romanesque-y. Because it was there and didn't require a lot of planning out. ;-)

Monday, August 16, 2010

A not-entirely-random costumey thing.

In the Italian cotton book (which I forgot to grab this morning so I don't have the exact reference to hand, but if I wait this will continue to not get posted) there is a 13th century German reference to someone complaining about the women wearing brightly-coloured short jackets.

The artistic styles in the time period I recreate are somewhat stylized and frequently quite iconographic such that there are many items of clothing mentioned in accounts and other literature that are not pictured in the manuscripts. And then there's this:

The scan is not the greatest, and it isn't as high-res as I'd like, but if you look carefully, down in the lower right there is a devil wearing a green dagged vest*. It could be padded. Now, this manuscript was made in Castile (it's one of the many Spanish commentaries on the Apocalypse) so there may be no relation at all to the abovementioned German jackets, but it was an interesting discovery nonetheless.

Devils commonly appear dressed in feminine articles of clothing that churchmen preached against, so it's quite probable that there were complaints about that particular fashion.