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My name is Karen (aka Katerina) and my passion is costume and 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).
My Art, Calligraphy & Illumination
Embroidery and attempts at lace work
SCA antics - events and Household Casa Viola
(c). K.Carlisle, 2004-2008.