Nice Reviews!

Oh look! An age hasn’t passed since my last update! 😀 I just received the latest issue of the Costume Society Newsletter for Autumn 2016, and the two students who attended as Bursary winners wrote summaries of their experiences of the Manchester conference. They both included nice reviews of my talk!

The advice I had received … was to be open to every single talk; that titles in my programme could not be used to judge the lecture that would follow. This was much needed advice, as previously I had not seen the interest in Early Modern Needlework Pattern Books: Designs for Democracy, or in The Rise of the Fashionable Mass Produced Blouse: 1914-1918, design manufacture and consumption. Yet both of these held my fascination till the end. I saw their impact on the world around them and the people’s lives in which they were entwined. The speakers of both these lectures must be thanked and congratulated, as they were incredibly engaging and informative.

Thanks, Lily Batsford! I’m glad my genuine passion for my topic comes through when I share with others.

Ellie Birch wrote at length about how I confirmed aspects of her own dissertation on gender inequality in Early Modern Britain. She starts by saying that I gave “a fascinating talk on the topic of Early Modern Needlework Pattern Books: Designs for Democracy...” Thanks, Ellie! I wish we’d been able to talk more about our shared interest.

Best wishes to both of them in their studies, and I hope to see them next year!

Fast into Fall

I don’t have formal classes for my master’s program this session, because I am starting to work full-time on my thesis. I also have one more talk to prep for the Textile Society of America’s conference. Life is feeling hectic and harried. Time to simplify and down-shift. My return to academia has taken on a life of its own, and if I want to continue to grow the momentum while living a life that feels spacious and abundant, something’s gotta give. I’m downsizing my stash of sewing supplies, my library of books, my costume wardrobe, and my bric-a-brac. My Etsy shop was started when I was living in France and frequenting the flea markets, and I don’t have the time I used to for product development, photography, and marketing. Knowing I should be doing those things is becoming a bummer. So I’m also thinking about having a sale and clearing out as much inventory as possible before putting it on hiatus. Like the autumn leaves that will soon fall from the trees, my life is starting to pare down to essentials to conserve energy for the winter and the mental challenges ahead.

 

Summer Update

A brief run-down of amazing events: I finished my first year of grad-school, the Versailles Ball was magical, I did research at the national library in Paris, I presented a successful conference paper in England for the Costume Society, I buzzed around the UK with my daughter seeing new sights and doing research, I received conference travel grants from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women as well as my university, and there are exciting opportunities developing for my PhD! I’m feeling very relieved, hopeful, thankful, inspired, and TIRED.

Versailles 2016 dressed for a court ball

Versailles 2016 dressed for a court ball

Me with French & American friends

Me with French & American friends

ALL THE LIBRARIES

ALL THE LIBRARIES

I love talking about the pattern books!

I love talking about the pattern books! (photo by Shaun Cole)

Idyllic Suffolk County, England

Idyllic Suffolk County, England

 

Manchester, UK

Manchester, UK

Conferences in 2016

More amazing news today! I have been invited to speak at the annual conference of the UK Costume Society! I am so honored and excited! While we were living in Paris, I was lucky enough to attend two of their conferences. I met the most wonderful people and learned so much that really, it was there that the seed was planted to go back to school. It’s exciting to already have an opportunity to share back with the community that gave me so much encouragement. See you in Manchester!

Costume Society 2016

2015 Babel Conference

The Babel Conference Off the Books was amazing! The presentations that attended were thought-provoking and inspiring, and I really appreciated when the panel had planned a lot of time for discussion. My paper was on 16th-17th century needlework pattern books and how they were often destroyed in the process of using them. I got lots of supportive comments and heard that I even helped another scholar solve a mystery about the 16th c. editions of Chaucer books she was studying! It was a wonderful group of people in general, and I also enjoyed Toronto. Yay for new friends!

LisaBabel2015

This picture was taken by someone who tweeted about my talk! photo cred @KristinNoone

Winterthur Textile Study Day

I wrote a short blog post about my trip to Winterthur in Wilmington, Delaware for a study day with fellow members of the Textile Society of America. You can read it here and see some of my photos from the day.

Grad school

Now that all my applications for grad school are completed, I am turning back to updating my website. I’d like to be happy with it soon so that once school starts I can just blog about my research and latest needlework projects. The learning curve is steep! But I think I’m almost there. Thank you for being patient with my work-in-progress and for finding me on Pinterest and Etsy. <3

New photo gallery

I’m learning how to add photos to my site and have managed to get a few into the Photo Gallery. I’d like to have some of my art as well as my finished costumes and embroidery work. Fortunately, the Etsy and Pinterest mini-galleries to the right update automatically when I add new items. I’ll keep working on the Photo Gallery, so check back later! 🙂