It's occurred to me that I have never actually posted these. I swear there's a Fourth Law I just came up with recently, but it escapes me. Anna's 1st Law: If at first it doesn't fit, fold the fabric another way until it does. Anna's 2nd Law: Measure over 9000 times, because you can only … Continue reading Anna Dokeianina Syrakousina’s Laws of the Conservation of Fabric
So, while I'm taking a short break from heavy SCA sewing and research, I want everybody to help me keep my brain ticking. Every week, or however often I get questions, I'm going to have a question/answer column here on my blog. Feel free to ask me anything about Roman and Byzantine history, textiles, clothing, … Continue reading Ask me anything!
We always see them: the funky printed cottons in the stores. Sometimes we can't resist, and then we wonder why the heck we bought it in the first place. Clearly, you can't make garb out of silly prints! Or can you? This summer, I had a weird awakening. It's no secret to my readers and … Continue reading Yes, it is OK to have fun with garb!
Well, I'm moving, anyway. I've successfully completed my masters program, and I'm relocating to join my lord husband across the country at his naval posting. I have lots of cool stuff on my master's thesis I can't wait to share, but this blog will be on hold a bit while I pack up here in … Continue reading We’re moving!
Over the last few weeks, I completed a new court outfit based on the Eisiterion of Agnes of France, dated to the 1180s. It's later period for my persona, but I was intrigued by the differences between the 11th and 12th Century as far as shape and embellishment went, so I gave it a try. … Continue reading 12th Century High Court Wear and Proper Execution of the Byzantine Side-Eye.
I took a break from iconography for a while because I felt like my art wasn't up to snuff, and I was thinking of giving up. By the way: never give up. I had the pleasure of working at the Museum of Russian Icons over the fall semester of 2015, and I learned a lot … Continue reading Surprise! Icon!
This is a very short disorganized blurb, and I apologize, but I wanted to get some notes down from what I'm exploring as far as my thesis goes. As I've mentioned previously, my master's thesis is exploring the last will and testament of Kale Pakouriane from 1098. I'm going into her inventory and trying to … Continue reading The Importance of Mantles in Middle Byzantine Fashion