The Little Glass Slipper
Minnesota Renaissance Festival – 2015
Concept, Experience Artistic Direction

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Astrid – Mauve Ensemble
Minnesota Renaissance Festival – 2015/2016
Concept, Fabrication

The first incarnation of Astrid was a more romantic and traditionally feminine character.  As a matchmaker, she would have had access to wealth and travel.  I referenced historical garment examples to create patterns for her gown and apron dress, altering the historical lines to create a more tailored look.  I opted to bring some contrast into her costume through the bead chains and unified the colors by using a coordinating trim that included blue, mauve, burgundy, cream and tan.  

Vikings were thought to be fairly vain, showing their wealth ostentatiously though the wearing of precious metals and gems, so I selected a simple rough-faceted cabochon moonstone ring, a quartz wire-wrapped pendant, and a Saami style pewter & leather necklace in addition to my stone bead chains.

I used linen fabrics, but by utilizing varied thread weights and weaving patterns, I was able to create a varied but cohesive look.

Astrid – Blue Ensemble, version 2
Minnesota Renaissance Festival – 2015/2016
Concept, Fabrication

Astrid was a character that didn’t really see much street time, but I loved her nonetheless.  As a well-traveled shieldmaiden, I wanted her to appear imposing, relaxed in her prowess.  I selected blue for this outfit, using historical dye method tests to ensure the tones selected would have been attainable.  I referenced historical garment examples to create patterns for her shirts, pants, and hood – only making minor adjustments to allow for faster fabrication.  This is one of the few historical outfits to which I opted to add jewelry.  Vikings were thought to be fairly vain, showing their wealth ostentatiously though the wearing of precious metals and gems.  Since Astrid is a warrior, I selected a simple rough-faceted cabochon moonstone ring, a quartz wire-wrapped pendant, and a Saami style pewter & leather necklace.

I used only wool and linen fabrics, but by utilizing for varied thread weights and weaving patterns, I was able to create a varied but cohesive look.