I’m a history nut!
Not the dates and big things – costume challenges have lead me to research what was worn in Babylon, ancient Egypt, medieval England, Vikings etc.
I have an enormous collection of history books – lots of which tend to be designed for a young audience with lots of pictures – I LOVE the pictures – I can spend 10 minutes pouring over a stature of William Wallace (Brave Heart), just to work out how his belts are designed.
I can google for hours on the subject of the history of hats, or the history and styles of crowns.
Lately, I’m absorbed by all things medieval and Viking – yes, I’ve been watching The Vikings, and Game of Thrones.
I’ve learned that the leather and metal armour that has a snake skin appearance is called scale mail.
I’ve already started planning a Viking chest plate to suit Ragnar Lothbrok or Bjorn Ironside. And the same chest plate I plan to use to create a John Snow outfit as well. I’ve become a regular customer of my favourite leather supply store.