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HI, my name is Val. I'm a Past President & member of the San Diego Costume Guild,Costumer's Guild West in Los Angeles, and Orange County Costume Guild, & a representative of the San Diego History Center, and an honorary member of SITU (Someplace in Time, Unlimited) in Seattle. I make my own historical costumes but don't sell any unless I get tired of it.The eras I've made so far are 1770 up to 1918. My favorite is the 1880s bustle.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Using Pinterest as a costume research tool



June 16, 2012
Last night my friend Cindy convinced me to start up a Pinterest board to hold all my photos for my costume research. The most important reason would be to save them if my computer crashed and I lost everything. Since this has happened twice in the past, and my albums are bursting at the seams, it seemed a logical step. I honestly did try to save them to a disk periodically but they got too big for the disks. I also printed them on paper and kept them in notebooks. Both of those ideas are about 3 years behind and the idea of saving more of them, this time to a thumb drive, was very overwhelming.
Recently I heard a little blurb on the news about the Cloud where you could upload your photos and save them. I’m slightly familiar with the Cloud, since I know that’s where my books on my Kindle are saved. But I wasn’t able to find out how to even get started on it. So for right now, Pinterest seems an easy start.
Except being easy doesn’t mean quick, especially when I probably have over 5000 photos saved. I thought I had even more but remembered many of these are duplicated when I’m working on specific gowns and I copy them all to the folder for that gown.
Pinterest doesn’t seem to have written instructions on how to set one up. In fact it’s very mysterious where you have to have an invitation from someone to “join” it. Cindy was very patient with me for an hour it took me to set mine up and figure out how to just get started. It reminds me of Facebook where everything is so cryptic. It didn’t surprise me that it has some connections to FB. At least mine did.
After finally getting my first photo, and my first follower, Cindy, uploaded, I went to bed. Except it took me over an hour to get to sleep because my brain was still trying to figure this thing out. First thing this morning I began setting up albums on Pinterest and uploading some photos. So far I’ve only got 4 albums and about 20 photos uploaded to each. I have so many more but wanted to get at least get it going.
In my introduction, I started to explain my purpose of my collection of photos, but they limit the number of words you can upload. So basically I find and save photos from the internet and many off of ebay of gowns and accessories that appeal to me, or to educate me on the styles of each time period. Sometimes it’s just a collar or a lapel, a hat or the entire dress. I also save photos showing fabrics of the time, either from catalogs or extant gowns, in hopes that it educates my eye in picking fabrics when I shop.
I’ve been collecting these photos for almost 10 years, and most of them I never recorded where I found them. My most important criteria was the year. But some of them are just generic showing the 1800s, etc. Because I’ve learned how to recognize the years better, I’ve been able to correct those dates now. But I’m sure many are still wrong. I’ve been lazy looking through them.  So enjoy what I have so far. There’s much more to come.   http://pinterest.com/timetravels/  

11 comments:

  1. I use Pinterest for the same reason, and so do many costumers. Just be careful, it can get quite addicting! :)

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    1. Artemisia, do you mean like the last 4 1/2 hrs and I'm still in my pajamas addicting?
      Val

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  2. Well I think you're off to a fabulous start!

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    1. Yep, and its addicting. I'm discovering photos I haven't looked at in a long time.
      Val

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  3. I've thought of doing the same thing. When researching on-line for extant examples, I try to bookmark them but oftentimes if I want to save several photos, wich are on different pages, from the same site, it only allows me to bookmark one. For the ones I have bookmarked, I have so many marked that I get a little confused trying to to back and find what I previously saved.
    I'm still pondering setting up a pinterest page though, since I'm so busy homeschooling and sewing and blogging.
    Laurie

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    1. Laurie, if you start out a little at a time, and add as you find them, it won't take much time. But I have 10 years of photo collecting so its taking me awhile. And I haven't even started on my other fashion decades yet, just my current favorites. :O
      Val

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  4. I find Pinterest very handy for the same reason you do!

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  5. I'm trying it now. I have often worried my photo studies would disappear if my computer crashes. It will be time consuming to get them all on there though!

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    1. Wanda, I'm on my 3rd day. Slowly but steadily getting them up there. After you get the hang of it, it goes a lot faster.
      Val

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  6. I'm back reviewing your information because I am thinking about joining Pinterest and trying to figure everything out. =)
    Laurie

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I would love to hear if this was any help to you. Pretty please!