April 21st, 2009

red cape thinking


Okay, so for my super-serious-no-really! fan fiction I've been writing, I've been doing a lot of research on murders and crime rates during the 17th and 18th centuries. I noticed that from about 1620 ~ 1740's/50's crime looks to be almost non-extant. Even the crimes that do happen after that point aren't nearly as despicable, for the most part, as the criminal activities both before this time period, and after about the 1880's. Yes, there are some very good exceptions to that rule but when you look at the over all statistics, I was noticing that criminal activity was just...not really there.

I stumbled across this article and saw that, yeap, there was a severe down turn in crime during the 17th - 19th centuries. The article gets preachy at the end but has some really amazing points at the beginning. It is interesting to note that a lot of the violence today is gang/group activity related which feeds pretty well into the article given the idea of the individual versus group. It seems that violence might be tied to the cultural constructs of group dynamics rather than individual wills which really is an interesting idea within itself...

SALE! Fabric!


If you click on the second page, Fabric.com has some linen/cotton blend fabric on sale. On the Home Decor, they have some of the silks as well. It's not the greatest for colors but that is why God invented dye.

There isn't much left. I got some of the red linen/cotton and some of the grey. I've been looking for some grey linen/cotton for a while because I want to make a new underdress for my pink 1500's Italian. The old underdress is....old. Also, I want to make matching sleeves so this should work!