Welcome 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". Pink may 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.

For this 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 Participants page.

A little 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. 

Banner image taken from: Domenico Ghirlandaio, Birth of St John the Baptist, 1486-90, Cappella Tornabuoni, Santa Maria Novella, Florence



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