Friday, September 25, 2020
Saturday, September 12, 2020
Next weekend I will be teaching two classes at Costume On. There are a variety of classes representing different time periods and aspects of costuming; there's a lot historical yummy in there, so take a look! Here's a peek at what I'm teaching. I have spots available, so if you're interested, sign up!
Most people think of antique punch paper as hanging on a wall or tucked away as a bookmark, the tiny paper bearing a message of hope or faith. The art form was well-established in the mid to late 19th century, but the possibilities are endless for interpretation today!
The creators of such art were not always young ladies practicing their needlework for their patient parents. Instead, there are examples of punch paper being used for practical purposes, such as with boxes, wall hangings, and even with sandpaper! Paper is a blank slate that allows creative license, no matter the century. Men and women alike used punch paper in a variety of ways, from using them as gifts to adorning the house. They are an inexpensive but accurate addition to many historic impressions.
In this class, Kristen will provide close up photographs of different antique punch paper items, as well as her thoughts about the construction or reproductions she has completed. Different techniques when working with punch paper will be discussed as well, along with some patterns included to help inspire future projects. Students will have an opportunity to learn how to cut and construct a pipe-light stand from Godey’s Lady’s Book, 1867. Kits will not be provided for this class, but a supply list will be made available for participants.
In the past twenty years, many museums and organizations have put their original collections online. There are numerous sources available to research, with each having a different set of directions. It can be overwhelming to understand each when trying to build research for an impression or project. Yet it is these primary sources that create the most authentic experience for any history lover!
In this class, we will explore different online archives that are free and accessible. We will discover how to save items and create our own research index. Discover new online research possibilities, the language of looking, as well as learn how to navigate their formatting.
Students will receive a handout that includes a list of resources for further study, as well as a plan for how to organize their online searches in a way that serves their own impression.
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