I had a brief run-in with historical reenacting which started sometime in early 2017; what followed was a roughly two-year flurry of clumsy late-night hand-sewing, leather-punching, metal-filing, wood-carving, open-fire-cooking and even a little sign-painting, not to mention the hundreds of dollars spent on period-correct wool and the nights spent “roughing it” under a canvas flap.
This illustrative triptych (below) was created as a tribute to three good friends, all reenactors.
Each frame shows the subject “in kit” (wearing historical 17th c. clothing). All garments shown are items they own and wear regularly to historical events, having either made them themselves or commissioned them from a like-minded craftsperson. The whimsical poses are a nod to “Twelve Fools,” a series created by Dutch golden age caricaturist Pieter Jansz. Quast.