So, for the last 7 months I have been living in a party house with some friends. The internet wasn't working in my room---thus, I haven't used it much until now.
I'm still working at the costume shop, fulltime, and its great! I learn so many new things, and I get to work on great things. Downside, we're understaffed, so I serve as the graphic designer/marketing/tech person as well. Tech. Hah! It's interesting though. I have also been hard at work on my art, finishing the Men in Kilts Calendar series (only 1.5 to go!) and other pieces. Starting on February 11th, I will be selling prints and originals of my artwork at Sherwood Forest Faire! It will be 8 weekends, and I hope to make a bit of profit, and get drunk along the way
So, until then, I am hard at work on the art and a corset mock-up for my bride customer. BUT, as it is set in the time of the Crusades, I am STOKED-AS-FECK to jump on some new medieval costume pieces. I want a hooded mantle, hooded peliçon, surcote of my own special design, bliaut, and another gown. For the peliçon, I found a fantastic navy/black/grey mixed wool that I will edge in brown fur. I would love to line it in fur, but in this central Texas weather, that might get too hot too fast! But then again...we tend to have sporadic weather, and apparently where this faire is located, it gets chilly. I bought some horn toggles at a Viking Market in Germany last summer, and I plan on using those as well...I only bought two, so I may just have the peliçon open from neck to navel, and use the toggles under the bust. I think it will be easy, and the hood and low neckline will create a nice fold.
First things on the list will be the peliçon, mantle, and gown.
I plan on making them all in one weekend!