Topsy-Turvy

Definition of topsy–turvy

  1. 1:  in utter confusion or disorder

  2. 2:  with the top or head downward

Well that does describe the current state of my textile-history-nerding quite well, I think. Let me explain:
With every subject I’ve ever studied, there will once in awhile come a moment where something just ticks into place, and leaves everything Topsy-turvy. I remember when I first figured out how write a paper for school, the pieces somehow placing themselves magically into a new understanding of the text as a whole. Everything got more complicated and complex over night! This, it would seem, is a bit like what has happened the last weeks preparing this years medieval reenactment season. I might have grown a few new brain cells, because looking back I am rather, ehrm, embarrassed of my own research. Turned out, when I really looked at it: half of the illustrations that have been my “go to” sources were either the wrong period, I can’t find the original source of it or it turned out to be simply… Italian! And the fashion difference there is often quite severe, so goodbye old friends and hello new!
In a way I’ve started over, trying to leave behind all the stuff I “just know” because I once learned it – and go back to the sources: extant textiles, illustrations and written sources. A very humbling experience that I am very exited about – even though my OneNote library is a mess and a bunch of things will need to be started over!

So here it goes: I accept that I have made mistakes and will make plenty more – and probably always be embarrassed with what I made and wrote ten years ago.

I will leave you with these beautiful mistakes:

A parchment hole in a manuscript which was repaired using embroidery. Circa 1417. It is currently in University Library, Uppsala, Sweden.

“A parchment hole in a manuscript which was repaired using embroidery. Circa 1417. It is currently in University Library, Uppsala, Sweden. (Uppsala University Library)”

 

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