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Sally C. Fink began drawing and making up stories to go with those drawings when she could first pick up a pencil. Many sketches, many stories and many years later, she wrote her first novel in 1988.
Best known as a costumer, she began costuming in 1973 when she entered a “Futuristic Fashion Design” contest sponsored by the convention Equicon. Nearly 40 years later, she is a many-times-over Master costumer in the International Costumers Guild, a Laurel and a Pelican in the Society for Creative Anachronism and is still making costumes. Known for her large, elaborate headpieces and love of purple and glitz both fannishly and in the SCA, she has had over a dozen one-woman costume and art-to-wear shows at local venues in western Pennsylvania. From 2004 to 2011, one of her fantasy costumes, “The Iron Orchid,” was on exhibition in the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame in Seattle, WA.
Sally was born in Somerset, PA, in 1951. She went to college, hated it, and dropped out after one semester. She then went to the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, loved it, and graduated at the top of her class in 1972. She has worked as a department store fashion illustrator, manager of a fabric store, and copywriter/layout artist for a newspaper where she was eventually promoted to art director.
These days she is either at the sewing machine or the computer. After many years making historical clothing, she has recently returned to science fiction/fantasy conventions and competition costuming. Costumes and clothing also figure prominently in her novels. And of course, her two purring, four-footed housemates contribute their own special input to all her creative endeavors.