Chiaretta di Fiore
Lady Chiaretta di Fiore
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I am Chiaretta di Fiore, formerly Kataryn Mercer, called "Kit" by friends. I am a costumer by preference with an interest in recreating clothing worn in the 16th century, through both historically accurate or innovative methods. My primary passion is Italian costuming, and I dabble in painting potter, woodcuts, and embroidery.
Kit is the daughter of an English silk merchant and an Italian woman. She was born in 1545 in London, England. Though they are working class, her father's successful business allows Kit access to the finest silks from abroad, as well as the latest fashions, particularly from her mother's hometown, Florence. Recently, her family has relocated to Florence to improve business connections, and there they reside currently. Formerly called Kataryn Mercer, compatriots have renamed her in the Italian style to Chiaretta di Fiore.
Laurel: Mistress Vienna de la Mer (as of January 25, 2014) Apprentice/Student Siblings: Mistress Elena Hylton, Aurelia Alfaiata d'Alcáçova, Arabella De Mere, Katerina de La Bere Household: Maison d'Allaines le Comte Guild: Keepers of Athena's Thimble, Journeyman
Awards and Honors
- On Garbing A Gentlewoman: 16th C. Florentine Fashion
EKU 4/2015, Pennsic 8/2015, Costume College [non-SCA] 7/2016, Pennsic 8/2016, Winter Schola 3/2017, Costume College [non-SCA] 7/2017, KWASS 3/2018
- Construction of a Florentine Sottana for Beginners
Pennsic 8/2015, Costume College [non-SCA] 7/2016, Pennsic 8/2016, Winter Schola 3/2017
- So You Have The Dress, Now What? 16th C. Florentine Accessories
Pennsic 8/2016, Costume College [non-SCA] 7/2017
- Enjoy Your Drawers: 16th C. Florentine Underwear
Costume College [non-SCA] 7/2017, KWASS 2018, Novice Schola 3/2018, Meridies Coronation 4/2018
- An Introductory Lesson on Woodcutting and Block Printing (w/ Aziza bint Noor al Shiraziyya)
Artisan's Village 6/2016
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