to a new Italian Renaissance Costuming Mini
Challenge. Our mini challenges usually run from the first to the
last day of a month, and this one is no different. From January
1 - 31, 2014, participants will be required to create an item,
or items, made from, or with, fur, in the style of the late Italian
Renaissance (1480 - 1600). Either real (re-purposed or recycled), or faux fur may be used.
The item or items must be started from
scratch no earlier than January 1 2014 (in your time zone). You have
until 31 December 2013 to register as a participant (details
on how to enter, below).
and Types of Fur
Lining - Fur was primarily used as a full lining in
garments. Garments could have their linings replaced when the fur
became too worn, and this was then recycled into garments worn
around the house. Both men's and women's garments were lined with
various furs. These garments were: long loose over-gowns (both for
indoors, and out); short over-gowns, cloaks, sleeved cloaks, and
capes; short mantles; riding capes; maternity gown (short);
dressing gown; ducal gown; Venetian underskirt. In
addition, sleeves are cited in at least one source as possibly
being lined with fur independently of the garment they were to be
attached to, as well as "trousers" (upper hosen).
Facing/trimming - Fur as also used as a facing/trimming, in
both short and long over-gowns.
Accessories - Muffs. Shoes, and boots, as well as gloves,
could be lined with various furs. I have also found a
reference to fans in Venice being made "of lynx and
ermine", prior to being forbidden by the sumptuary laws of
1522. Furs were also carried by women which were made from the
entire pelts, including head and feet, of various animals.
was also used to line bedding - a "bed ensemble",
"bed throw", "blanket", and (bed)
mentioned are: squirrel (variously mentioned as 'fine squirrel',
'squirrel bellies', or even 'squirrel tail'); sable, ermine, wolf,
lynx, marten, pigskin. There are also mentions of black lambskin,
white lambskin, Spanish cat, cat, puppy, suckling animal, and a
"false ermine" made from sheepskin with black tails.
All you need to register as a
participant is to send me an e-mail
(link below) providing your:
name (legal, not SCA name
(state/province and country)
head and shoulders photo, by
no later than 31 December 2013.
The item/s you enter must be started - from scratch - no earlier than
January 1st 2014 (in your time zone).
Your item/s need to be completed by
January 31st 2014 (in your time zone).
I will accept progress
photos - that is photos of the unfinished item/s - of your items
IF you wish to take and send them to me, as these are very
useful for evaluation purposes. However, progress photos are NOT required.
A photo of each completed
item (or several photos if required) MUST be sent no later than
, so please ensure you have your camera, batteries, cables, etc., ready to use when you need them.
A short write-up documenting
your item/s period-accuracy and all hand-work done needs to
accompany the photo/s. Please make sure that
the e-mail address you use to email me is one that you use and
check regularly so that I can contact you if needed.
If I've forgotten to address anything, or if you have any questions please ask before the challenge begins.
Only one winning item
will be chosen, based on the following factors: period-accuracy
(most important) hand-work (second in importance), and aesthetics (very subjective of course). The prize will be a Gift Certificate from the online retailer of the
winner's choice, to the value of $US20, or $AUS20, or £15, or
€15, to be provided by yours truly.
about the challenges. The
inaugural Italian Renaissance Costuming Challenge (IRCC) ran from April to August
2011 in celebration of The Realm of Venus' tenth year online.
It was the first challenge I had ever run, and a lot of fun for
not only the participants, but for me too. I decided that since
the IRCC leaves eight months of the year free, running a
mini-challenge would allow for those who prefer a shorter, more
focused challenge, or for those who want more! Thus was born the
Italian Renaissance Costuming Mini-Challenge: a month-long
challenge, usually on a theme voted on by those who participate on my Facebook Page.
The first Mini-Challenge was the 'Idle
Hands' challenge which ran
in October 2011, followed by 'Over
and Above' in February this year, followed by a special
mini-challenge - Perfectly
Period Pink - in September to October 2012, to raise money for
image taken from: Countess Livia da Porto Thiene, 1551. The
Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.