I am a child of a German mother and while my first language was German, I grew up in the US so that I developed bilingual skills. I am passionately interested in historical clothing, which obsession started at age eight when reading an entry in the encyclopedia about styles of dress through the ages. Pursuit of the subject continued along with my studies in languages through university.
Subsequently, after spending 15 years as a genealogical librarian helping to read various kinds of old handwriting and documents, I’ve spent many years combing through 16th century books and manuscripts looking for ever more information. My absolute specialty is vocabulary based on clothing and textiles, and in addition I do make and teach about early modern German clothing. I have been blessed with a talent and background that allows me to channel these old words into modern language – and it isn’t always easy!
It is my distinct pleasure to help bring to life the secrets that lie in the squiggly lines decorating the pages of these wonderful master tailor’s books. They humble and excite me, and it is my wish that the readership use our offering to take German Renaissance clothing to the “next level”.
I began researching Early Modern German clothing and household subjects over 12 years ago and am still fascinated by the daily life of the 16th century. I am so excited to be able to make this book of over 80 extant clothing patterns available to you!
I have also published “Landsknecht Woodcuts”, a reprint of 1883 volume of rare 16th century woodcuts.