So I suppose I owe the internet an update! I successfully completed my thesis and graduated with merit from the University of Glasgow! It seems ages ago now that I was over in the UK but I guess it wasn’t really all that long ago. Since graduation I’ve been keeping busy with volunteering and I recently completed an internship at the Agnes Etherington Art Center on Queen’s University campus. I assisted with a risk assessment and a condition survey of the costume collection they have there and it truly was a dream! It was such a shame that it was so short! I love to work with the collection and the institution in the future! Also, Kingston was awesome. I very quickly settled in and took advantage of the wonderful community they have there.
Currently I’m interning at the Canadian Conservation Institute and doing some work in private practice on the side! I’m continuing to apply for all the textile conservation jobs that I can and I’m eager to hear back from the institutions I’ve written to over the past month. It looks to be busy summer!
I’ve also been able to find some time to sew a dress or two – a couple of n vintage vogue pattern reprints and a trapeze dress. Hopefully I’ll get a post or two up on them soon! Also I planted peas which is turning out to be an increasingly satisfying endeavor.
My life is focused on my thesis right now. I basically want to get it done as soon as humanly possible so I can get started on my adult life! How exciting is the prospect of not being a student! I’m never spent a significant amount of time not a student. I worked my university summers of course but it’s just not the same. I’ve whined and complained about living a temporary life for years. And now I’m so close to settling in and committing to all the things I want to do…. as soon as I get this thing written!!!!
I also picked up some of this basil the other day. Who knew basil was so British!
I made some bread! It’s still cooling so I haven’t tried it yet but it looks pretty good!
Ok I just tried it and yup, it’s as good as it looks! I bit salty though. I uncharacteristically followed to recipe’s amount of salt but next time I think I’ll reduce it to a teaspoon. I also replaced half a cup of the white flour with whole wheat because and everyday loaf HAS to have whole wheat. Only special occasion loaves can have all white flour. It’s a rule, go look ti up. I also just cooked it in a regular stock pot because my ceramic dutch oven is at home (boooo!). I did have to take off the plastic handle so they wouldn’t melt but it worked out fine! Here‘s the recipe in case you’re interested.
I also just watched a really interesting short film on youtube. It features Kelsey Freeman from Daily Reenactor. I think she has other photography/travel site(s) but I only follow her tumblr so I’m not familiar with them. I admire Kelsey for her outreach efforts about the hobby although I do feel that she and I are looking for different things from the hobby. The film is titled No Time Like the Past. It’s really interesting and, to my untutored eye, has pretty good production values for a student film. It’s about half an hour but if you have the time you should check it out.
And, of course, I have some opinions about some of the things that were said. Well mostly the things that Will Ritcher said. I will agree that the way that reenacting has evolved into the hobby that it is today has produced some inherent issues. But criticizing reenactors because it they are not capable of time travelling to actually experience the past is unfair and an over-simplification of a complex issue. This line “oh they’re just pretending” is not accurate to why reenactors reenact and deliberately downplays the important role that reenactors can play in preserving different aspects of history. I guess I haven’t been around in the hobby long enough to meet those that I feel I can fairly criticize for their lack of respect because I’m sure they’re out there but just because they exist doesn’t mean all reenactors share the same attitude. I also found his perspective to be overly focused on the military aspects of reenacting. Clearly as a (former?) member of the US armed forces, the military is and was a big part of his perspective but I felt that many of his comments are skewed by this perspective. It’s interesting how the film juxtaposes his negative comments against his Urbex-ing techniques that clearly drawn on his own personally “historical” military training from his past as a member of the armed forces. And I just have to say it: I call myself a reenactor and generally pursue the hobby in a typical weekend-at-a-fort sort of way and I still have no interest in carrying a gun thanks. That doesn’t make me any less of a reenactor! Reenactors are a diverse group of people and anyone watching the film would certainly see that!