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Visit to Uppsala and Stockholm, 17–18 October 2018

On the 17th and 18th October Paula Hohti, Michele Robinson, Piia Lempiäinen and Anne-Kristine Sindvald Larsen travelled to Sweden to meet our fellow textile researchers and colleagues and share research ideas about historical textile research. It was Dr. Cecilia Aneer, who so kindly had arranged a very exciting two-day program for us. 

We spent the first day at Uppsala University, were we met the researchers from the Textile Studies unit and had a seminar, with each of us presenting our current research. We talked about the aims and goals of our project, and heard presentations covering a range of topics, from tailoring techniques and textile science to cultural meanings of dress. This gave us an insight into the topics that textile researchers in the Scandinavian context are currently discussing. 

After the seminar, we walked through the beautiful city centre of Uppsala, into the Cathedral, which holds a museum collection of historical liturgical textiles. Many of these are made of stunning medieval and early modern patterned silks and velvets. In the museum, we also got a chance to see some unique surviving garments from our period, including the golden gown of Queen Margareta (d. 1412), and the famous ‘Sture costumes’ that used to belong to Svante Sture, a sixteenth-century Swedish Count and statesman, and his two sons Erik and Niels, all murdered in Uppsala Castle in 1567. 

Queen Margareta’s gown.

The Sture Costumes.

We ended the day with a lovely dinner at the Art history Department of Uppsala University, where we had a chance to get to know each better and learn more about each other’s projects.

On the second day we travelled, together with Cecilia Aneer, from Uppsala to Stockholm to visit the Vasa Museum. Here, we were greeted by Fred Hocker, the research leader of the museum’s collections, and the textile research assistants, Anna Silwerulv and Karolina Pallin. 

The Vasa ship.

With this team of experts, we learned about Vasa-ship and its history, and the textiles that were found in the ship when it sank in the harbour of Stockholm in 1628. In addition to examining the textiles and objects that were on display at the museum space, we were fortunate to be able to visit also the storerooms of the museum that included a notable collection of further clothing and textile objects, from shoes and shirts to delicate buttons, pins and jewellery. 

Textile fragments from the ship.

After the guided tour to the impressive collections of the Vasa-museum, we spent the rest of the day with the research team, learning how they document, study, and re-interpret the textile fragments that were found at the 16-century ship in the museum textile documentation project, simply by looking at the objects closely, or by using microscopic analysis. This was really interesting for us, since most of the textiles that were found were from ordinary people. 

Tule mukaan neulomaan renessanssin sukkia!

1 February 2019

Refashioning the Renaissance -projekti järjestää vuonna 2019 kansalaistiedeprojektin, jossa rekonstruoidaan 1500–1600 -lukujen neulottuja sukkia.

Tämän projektin tarkoituksena on rekonstruoida varhaisen uuden ajan pohjoismaisia neulottuja sukkia, ja tuottaa tietoa niiden valmistuksesta. Ryhmään ovat tervetulleita eritasoiset neulojat, mutta koska ryhmän on tarkoitus olla melko itseohjautuva, ja ryhmäläiset itse tulkitsevat ja tutkivat säilyneitä sukkia ja niiden malleja, perustiedot neulomisesta ovat edellytyksenä osallistumiselle.

Ryhmässä on mahdollista neuloa erilaisia sukkia villasta tai silkistä, ja neulomisen lisäksi tärkeä osa prosessia on säilyneiden sukkien tutkiminen kuvista sekä tekoprosessin dokumentointi. Järjestämme tapaamisia säännöllisesti ja luomme Facebook-ryhmän, jossa ryhmäläiset voivat keskustella ja jakaa kokemuksiaan, mutta osallistujien täytyy myös sitoutua työskentelemään omatoimisesti. Aluksi kutsumme mukaan myös alan eksperttejä kouluttamaan ryhmäläisiä sukista, käsityöprosessin dokumentoinnista sekä rekonstruktioista. Valmistuneet rekonstruktiot jäävät projektille tutkimuksen käyttöön, ja niitä käytetään projektin muissa eksperimenteissä ja esitellään projektin tapahtumissa. Joitain sukkia saatetaan esitellä myös museossa.

Neuleryhmä kokoontuu ensimmäistä kertaa torstaina 28.2. alkuillasta pääkaupunkiseudulla, jolloin tutustumme projektin aiheeseen ja toisiimme, sekä käymme läpi käytännön asioita.

Jos olet kiinnostunut liittymään mukaan tähän kansalaistiedeprojektiin, lähetä sähköpostia osoitteeseen refashioning@aalto.fi 15.2. mennessä, ja kerro hieman neulomiskokemuksestasi, sekä pääsetkö osallistumaan ensimmäiseen tapaamiseen.

     


Image 1: Stockings form the Turku Cathedral Museum.
Image 2: ©Livrustkammaren.
Image 3: Stocking from the collection of National Museum of Denmark. ©Fashioning the Early Modern.


Refashioning the Renaissance project will launch a citizen science project in 2019 that will focus on 16th and 17th century knitted stockings. The project is organised in Helsinki and Espoo, and the language of the group is Finnish. The aim of the project is to reconstruct early modern Scandinavian stockings based on surviving examples, and collect information and analyse the making processes. We are now looking for experienced volunteers to join the group. 

The volunteers are knitting stockings in silk and wool, interpreting original designs and documenting their process. We are engaging with expert makers and organise training, and supply the materials. Finished products are used by the project for research, and displayed in our events and possibly in a museum.

The first meeting is organised on 28 February at Aalto University. 

Dr Sophie Pitman joins Refashioning the Renaissance project

5 January 2019

We are very exited to welcome Dr Sophie Pitman to Refashioning the Renaissance team. Sophie joins us from the Columbia University, where she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at The Making and Knowing Project. Her doctoral research, conducted at the University of Cambridge, focused on making, wearing, and owning clothing in early modern London, and she is interested in reconstruction as a methodology for historians, and collaborates with makers and museums. In Refashioning the Renaissance, Sophie leads the experimental work of the project. 

To read more about Sophie and her work, see our People page.