to the new Realm of Venus' Italian Renaissance Costuming Mini
Challenge. Our mini challenges usually run from the first to the
last day of a month, but in honour of Breast Cancer Awareness
Month in October this challenge will run from September 15 to
October 15. Participants will be creating an Italian Renaissance
themed item, or items, as few or as many as they wish, in the
colour pink, or featuring pink, with the aim of raising money for
a breast cancer research organization in their area. Maybe along
the way we can dispel the myth that "pink isn't period".
appeal more to the ladies, but please do not let that dissuade the
gentlemen among you from joining us. If pink was good enough for Giovanni
Battista Moroni's Gentleman in Pink (and it IS in pink, not
light red - I've seen it with my own two eyes!), then it should be
good enough for anyone. Or you could always create for the
pink-loving woman or little girl in your life.
mini challenge the item or items must be started from
scratch no earlier than September 15, 2012 (Central Australian
Standard Time, see countdown ticker below). You have from now until 14 September to register as a participant. For information on how to
register please see the
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. It was popular enough
to have inspired the Artemisian
Costuming Challenge and was run again this year during the
same months of the year. But a four month-long
sewing challenge can only occur once a year. 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.
image taken from: Domenico
Ghirlandaio, Birth of St John the Baptist, 1486-90, Cappella Tornabuoni, Santa Maria Novella, Florence