|Me - age 12|
Okay, so my research methods and sewing ability may not have been quite "up-to-par" at that point in time. But my motivation, creativity and enthusiasm were definitely running wild. Day after day I snuck up to my Mother's bedroom to try to teach myself to use the sewing machine. Eventually it paid off.
It was in 1986 (at the age of 12) that I experienced my first Civil War Reenactment. When my parents took me to the 125th Anniversary battle of
Bull Run. Just days after the event, I had designed and created my first Civil War period day dress. (As seen in the picture above). Yes, I can admit that it was not exactly period; styled from the TV miniseries, "North and South," and made up of synthetic satin. But it was a start, and I received enough gentle optimism and advice from fellow reenactors that I was able to begin my research in earnest: visiting libraries, museums, examining period pieces and images for details. From that time on, I continued researching historical costumes, learning something new almost every day. The most important thing I discovered, however, had to be that learning, when it comes to historical clothing, never ends.
- Internship with the Manassas Museum in Virginia, where I tagged and identified historical clothing in their textile collection
- The North Carolina Museum of History, where I identified unknown pieces in a family collection for the costume curator
- Consultancy for a production of "Gaslight" at NC State (my alma mater)
- Construction of period undergarments for the James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville, NC
- Consultancy on a series of short stories with a historical background
- Independant costume work for productions at the Classika Theater and The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Renton Alexander (7) - my "little-Einstein"
Emily Ann (5) my "spit-fire-red-head"
(2) my drama king Anderson
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