About the Author
Eliza West grew up among the hills and valleys of Vermont. Extensive childhood explorations of the Shelburne Museum and early forays into the clothing-making arts amplified her passion for history and design. She pursued both these interests at University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where she earned a combined honors degree in Early Modern Studies and Historical Costuming. Through coursework on early-modern science and technology, she became interested in comparing how people designed and invented things in the past and the present. Eliza has interned at Colonial Williamsburg and worked at both Shelburne Museum and Fort Ticonderoga, where most recently she was Head of Costume. In this role, she researched and produced historically-accurate garments for the site’s staff, and helped her colleagues use that clothing as an interpretive window into the past. In her spare time, Eliza enjoys contra dancing, and creating both historical and modern clothing for herself. At Winterthur, Eliza is excited to explore the nexus of craft, technology, and design.