Welcome to The Purple Files / The Florence Files
 Welcome to the New World! Everything is changed, and introducing the Florence Files!.... again.







WHAT'S NEW in the Purple Files &
Florence Files!

You can follow my costume updates on Facebook

You can follow my writing/art/photography and purchase some of my creations at my blog:
Karen Carlisle/Off the Artboard

I am also on  FACEBOOK
TWITTER, LIVEJOURNAL, BLOGGER and TUMBLR

 
These pages have been reorganised to make it easier to navigate the areas that interest you. My name is Karen (aka Katerina) and my passion is costume and Florence!

My interests include: Embroidery, Calligraphy and Illumination, Art - Pen & Ink & pencil, Costume, Accessories and 16th century Florence.

There are many ways to describe what I like doing: living historian, costume re-creator or  part-time experimental reconstructionist - researching, experimenting and re-creating 'historical' personal items,  based on extant items and research available at the time. These are mostly of 16th century Medici Florence and Tuscany -  particularly clothing and accessories -   My dream is to get to study, hold and analyze extant 16th century Florentine clothing first hand, then to try to recreate it! This has at least begun, as I attended the first Costume Colloquium, Florence in November, 2008. I got to talk to the conservators of the three Pisa dresses, of the Prato camicia. We got to examine the dresses first hand. I also met Roberta Orsi Landini, Carole Collier Frick, Santina Levey, Maria Hayward.

I am a member of: Australian Costumer's Guild, UK Costume Society, Society for Creative Anachronism.

In the past I have had articles and/or art work published in Australian Realms (Australian roleplaying magazine), Cold Angel (freelance comic), Coztume (Austarlian Costumer's Guild newsletter) and Cockatrice (SCA A&S Magazine).

What You Can Find in these pages:

The Florence Files
These pages are dedicated to 16th century Florence and includes:
My research
and articles on 16th century Florence
My research and articles on 16th century Florentine clothing
My re-creations of
16th century Florentine clothing

The Purple Files
My original webpage is now the home to my less 'academic' passtimes and includes:
My Art, Calligraphy & Illumination
Embroidery and attempts at lace work
SCA antics - events and Household Casa Viola

You can follow my costume updates on Facebook

You can follow my writing/art/photography and purchase some of my creations at my blog:
Karen Carlisle/Off the Artboard
 
I am also on  FACEBOOK
TWITTER, LIVEJOURNAL, BLOGGER and TUMBLR


(c)Karen Carlisle 2014.








My blog is updated two times a week but, be warned, I only post on Tumblr when the whim takes me.
All intellectual content, photos and layout are copyright to La Signora Onorata Katerina da Brescia (K Carlisle), except those original renaissance artworks and extant articles whose copyright remains with the current owner.
If you would like to use something from this site, please contact me, and cite this website reference.

(c). K.Carlisle, 2004-2008.