My schedule has been set for the summer.
If you’re in San Diego at the World History Association Conference I will be presenting my Meiji fashion paper on June 25th at 4pm
My classes for Pennsic on medieval household account books and textiles will be on Monday Aug. 9th at 9am and 11am.
I also have several students joining me for projects this summer in exchange for classes in Victorian corsets. We will start will a pile of medieval gowns for Ellie and move onto the painted silk banners and stenciled bedding for our tent before moving onto my gowns. And of course their corsets. Generally I want them to get more out the experience than I do. I need lots of labor but they learn silk painting (I’m also giving them the extra silk paint and silk for their own projects) and stenciling as well as some historic costuming and sewing skills. I also pay for all the materials for one corset each. So I may actually get though my long list of thing s to do before the end of July with their help.
We are going to hit the ground running too in mid-May. By then my first of two classes will be ready to teach at Pennsic and the second will be well underway. The students, who are going to be nameless for now, will help me to build a database of items and prices for around 1350 for my second class-Keeping Your Own Account Book for Your Persona. This way you can translate your daily expenses into something with a Medieval price equivalent. The database already has more than 150 entries for textiles and I will (rather, we will) move onto food, lodging, travel, horses, labor, animals and so on, for both incoming and outgoing expenses. So what would your yearly income be for your persona? Are you currently living beyond your means? How much does it take to go the tournament anyway? How much for that new gown you HAD to have? I hope the database works as intended. For now it will be limited to England between 1300 and 1450. If I can find someone to translate Medieval Latin or French I can expand that to France and the Low Countries too.
So onto the database for this evenings project and a long medieval textile glossary I will post here later on in the week.