Thursday, 19 August 2010

A Steampunk Stairway to Heaven...

I just stumbled across this little gem of inspiration for anyone interested in Steampunk-ifying their home.


The wrought iron spiral staircase ascending to a mezzanine lined with bookshelves (and haven't we all secretly longed to have a library with a balcony? Heavenly!), the industrial pendant lights, the railway station clock, those magnificent Corinthian columns... I could go on and on about this room. With a few more overtly Victorian touches and/or brass scientific instruments about the place, this would be quite the Steampunk 'des res'...

Unfortunately, the original site doesn't give any further details as to where it is, who created it etc; so if you were hoping to commission your own little Steampunk literary haven, then the chance of finding the person or persons responsible is depressingly slim.

Monday, 16 August 2010

Sweet (Steampunk) dreams are made of this...

This is going to be a short post for two reasons.

1 - I'm in something of a hurry, but couldn't bear not to share this with you. And...
2 - It's simply so exquisite that it speaks for itself.

Enjoy!

Clockwork hard leather corset (custom) by BruteForceStudios on Etsy.

Sunday, 15 August 2010

A Sophisticated Soiree of the Steampunk Sort...

Calling all Steampunks! In case you didn't know already, the UK's biggest Steampunk festival, The Asylum is happening next month in Lincoln. Tickets are still available, so if you have the means, motivation and opportunity, I strongly recommend a trip there this September 10th-12th.

Such a large Steampunk gathering will undoubtedly result in a plethora of veritable delights - trade stalls, workshops, exhibitions, and the chance to meet fellow Steampunks. Indeed, some decidedly exciting news from the festival, is that renowned author Robert Rankin is to launch his latest book, The Japanese Devil Fish Girl, at a booksigning during the event. While all of this is an undoubted draw to anyone interested in the Steampunk genre, it's worth noting that even without the presence of the Asylum, Lincoln itself is well worth a visit. I actually considered going to Lincoln University, which given my propensity for historic surroundings, should tell you everything you need to know about the city. 'Picturesque' has never been so apt. Coupled with the added attractions of the Asylum, spending three days in Lincoln is a decidedly appealing prospect.


Alas however, I cannot go, as university once again beckons and preparations for returning to my dear alma mater will be in full swing. Packing, as I'm sure you know, is an absolute pain; and trying to cram everything I'll need for a year away from home into a suitcase and holdall, decidedly so. The sheer volume of clothing, shoes, books, toliletries etc. is almost unnerving, and is definitely not helped by that natural process of accumulation. The occasional yet continual purchase of little odds and ends, which at the time seem small and insignificant, but overall represent a sizeable volume which requires careful and strategic packing. Of course, the fact that I now have to accomodate a top hat, is of course, neither here nor there... *whistles innocently*

Perhaps it's a good thing I can't go to the Asylum - I'd probably end up with even more...

Friday, 13 August 2010

The Tale of the Tremendously Tip-Top Topper...

Hello again one and all! First, please allow me to offer my most sincere apologies for neglecting both you and this blog for so long. I'm sure you appreciate how the mundane specificalities of life can sometimes run away with you, to the detriment of everything else.

Second, allow me to return to Steampunk-ified goodness by relaying the tale of my delectable new top hat! I've wanted one for many, many months; spent hours scouring the internet, hours more humming and hawing over which one to buy; forced myself to finally make a decision; stressed over whether it would be everything I hoped... only to find, it is. Quite simply, I love it.

A vintage silk top hat - of the kind I cannot afford... alas.

Not being the most financially liquid of Steampunk devotees, a top hat was a somewhat major purchase for me. I originally wanted a nice little vintage silk number, only to discover that I possessed a childlike naiveté regarding the price of such things. Suffice it to say, they are expensive and decidedly beyond my budget. However, not to be deterred, I set my sights a little lower and finally arrived at a lovely Victorian style black wool model, complete with cherry-red satin lining. Delicious.

Although it already has a black moire-silk band, I have plans to make various interchangeable, colour co-ordinated hat bands to match whatever outfit I happen to be wearing. Hopefully, the little press-studs I've bought will be strong enough to allow me to add lots of ribbon, feathers and clockwork cogs and gears. I'm particularly keen to make a hat band for my still under-wraps Halloween costume...