The 22nd Civilian Symposium was held in Camp Hill Pennsylvania in March. As always, it was a wonderful experience full of great workshops, lectures and originals. I was privileged to speak this year. My topic was "To the Madhouse: Female Incarceration in 19th Century Lunatic Asylums". It was very well attended. I was not happy with the presentation as I went over time and did not get to cover some of the topics I wanted to. One of the perks of speaking at the symposium is getting a dress length of fabric from which to make a dress.
Here is my inspiration:
I attended the Fur Cuffs and Seeded Bracelet workshops.
This was really fun. Working with the fur can be a challenge though. I have not yet finished my cuffs with everything else going on but I plan to.
This was another fun workshop. I had done beading like this before when I was in Camp Fire Girls; I always enjoyed it so it was nice to know that it was a period skill.
2016 was the last Civilian Symposium as we know it and the last at the Camp Hill location. A symposium will not occur in 2017; however, a rebirth will occur in 2018. I have enjoyed my attendance at the symposium over the last 10 years or so but I am very excited about what is in store in 2018!