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
Dates: 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
Dates: 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
Dates: Pennsic 8/2016, Costume College [non-SCA] 7/2017
Enjoy Your Drawers: 16th C. Florentine Underwear
Dates: 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 al-Shiraziyya)
Dates: Artisan's Village 6/2016
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