Monday, September 5, 2016

Civilian Symposium 2016

Yes, it has been quite awhile since I have posted and I apologize for that. Real life got in the way including a new job and moving to a new state...again. I have a lot of catching up to do so please be patient. I'm sure I will forget something, but I'll cover the big stuff for sure. So to start: The Civilian Symposium 2016.

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!


OldFashionGirl said...

Wow! Your dress turned out beautiful! I love the contrast! That Civilian Symposium sounds really neat.

Lindsey said...

Your dress turned out so beautifully!! I love all of the trim.