My name is Annika, I am a Heritage and Museum Studies major, and I am taking Doing Digital History to fulfill an HMS requirement. As of right now, this sounds like a very interesting class. I’m interested to learn more about the process and more behind-the-scenes of digital history, because I use digital history and digitized collections all the time. They are such a valuable and useful resource. I often get distracted during research projects because I’ll start looking at some website and their collections or whatever else piques my interest.
I’m not terribly used to blogging, especially not about myself and any sort of academics I’ve done. But I guess this is going to be the place to explore that this semester!
More about myself, I guess? As noted above, I’m a twin. We’re fraternal, before anyone asks. Coincidentally we’ve both ended up in the same town for college, though at different schools and for very different majors. I am interested in history, sewing, and art. Our interests overlap at art, because my twin is an animation major.
Are we identical? Please see above.
Do we get along? Very well, most of the time.
Which one of us is the evil twin? Both, actually.
Who’s older? Me. I had a whole two minutes of this world to myself before my brother came along.
Did we ever invent our own language? No, but we are 100% super telepathic so it doesn’t matter. This is totally scientifically supported…
Aside from the twin nonsense, I’m excited to experiment with putting something of myself out on the internet, because I have no social media so that’s not happening otherwise.
Some other things about myself are that I love sewing (I actually have a job in the costume shop on campus), I taught myself how to embroider when I was 11 years old, which is what started me on the sewing path in the first place. I’ve picked up a lot of other crafts along the way, I enjoy drawing, learning how to make earrings was the most dangerous thing that ever happened to me. I have an absurdly large collection of jewelry, a good chunk of which I’ve made myself, most of the rest of it is vintage or antique.
Sewing and hobbies normally direct a lot of my non-school related research. I picked up some antique scrimshaw earrings, which is pointing me in the direction of doing research on scrimshaw and the history of other nautical crafts. Where did this tradition come from? What are some of the more common art styles employed by sailors? What is the most prolific form of finding that we have? What are the best or easiest bones to carve? What animals did sailors get bones from? How many other examples of scrimshaw earrings are there? When were the ones I have made? What are stylistic indicators for different eras? Maybe I will find answers to some of these questions and write something up about it at a later date. To be seen.
With the confidence that I can go back and edit this later, hopefully posting something will actually allow this blog to work (fingers crossed).