Krista grew up in Vancouver, BC on the beautiful west coast of Canada. She’s always adored medieval dress since childhood and found inspiration in historical styles. She studied art history, painting and pattern drafting in college, and began studying historical dress construction, materials and styles on her own. She also became a convert to natural fibres and enthusiastic about traditional crafts, especially fibre arts; spinning, dying and weaving. She later built a small loom, stud frame shed, and much of the family furniture out of peeled pines and spare lumber, but that’s a different topic!
She spent nearly three years backpacking and soaking in the heritage of Britain, where she met husband Neil. They traveled together and now reside in the BC Cariboo region near 100 Mile House. She has been drawing her whole life, with an emphasis on clothing, and has been sewing clothing projects since about 1990, inspired fashions at first then historic reproduction, then back again. She loves doing things the old-fashioned way and using the natural materials that were available in the past.
Neil Pinkett does not presently have a full web presence, due to hosting complications, but can still be contacted through this site. When something come up we will place notice here. At present he has a page at GoBC: http://www.gobc.ca/100-mile-house-travel/neil-pinkett_3809
Why Foliate Face?
A foliate face is one of the four main styles of “green man”, a character depicted in wood or stone in hundreds of medieval churches across Britain and beyond. The face is usually human but leaves sprout from the skin. The meaning behind this character is something of an enigma, and it has been interpreted in a variety of ways over the years, being picked up for instance by the environmental movement as a symbol of our inter-relatedness with nature, and the continuous regeneration of nature. Green men vary greatly, so it is conceivable that there are several different explanations. They often appear near the most sacred parts of the church, yet they likely predate the arrival of Christianity. For further information and images of green men, please look on our links page.
Late though my thoughts are, I wanted to let you know that I am thrilled with how the shirts look and feel and everything. You are awesome. You rock. Your talents are formidable. Lemme know when you're settled and in a position to do more stuff. I will happily solicit more of your work. I will happily testify to the amazing awesomeness of your craft.
Be well. Best of luck with the move...
~Hi Krista, The kids delivered a super and entertaining rendition of Shakespeare's Much Ado... They all looked wonderful individually and for most scenes collectively. Many of the girls made kirtles and surcotes with lovely color blends. Thank you for your part in making us look authentic. It will be great to have your surcotes in the collection for the future!
Thank you, KF
My apron arrived today and it is just beautiful. Thanks so much for making it for me. I'll be back,
I have my eye on a Victorian Chemise! Bye for now.
The package just arrived. Looks great!
See you in July!
~Krista, thank-you for the clothing. Your craftmanship is admirable. I hope your business continues to flourish.
Beautiful work as always. Thanks again for everything. Keep well.
Thank you so much for the shirt! I can't believe you made it so quickly. I'd also like to say a big thankyou for the other shirt, S's Frock & of cource my amazing waist coat.
Best Wishes, I
P.S. You really are amazing!!!
~Krista, Thank you for the wonderful items you made me. I was very happy with how they looked and how they felt.
Your grateful client,
~Krista- Your work is increasingly amazing! The hats are soooo beautiful!
~Krista-...(I'm very happy to have been able to put it to use so soon, thank you, the jedi costume was a great hit at my Halloween party!)
Once again, very happy with my robe, thank you so very much!
The ruff is absolutely beautiful. You did such a lovely job. I never imagined I would have such a perfect thing. I will send you a photo of the painting I am doing with it, when it is finished. Thank you so much. I may have another project for you in the future -
~Krista-Very pleased with how the gown turned out. Can't wait to see it with everything underneath, with the jewelry, etc.... so excited!