Winchester, UK, the ancient capital is celebrating the Queen’s Diamond jubilee by hanging out the bunting in the high street. What an amazing sight, there is so much bunting hanging off of every building.
During the summer I work for a bat consultancy company surveying buildings for evidence of bats. Bats in the UK are an endangered species. I have not been able to make, create or sew anything this week as I attended a bat fieldwork course at Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire, UK. I had a brilliant time exploring the abbey, looking for, recording and finding bats! Mostly Lesser and Greater Horseshoe bats. Pipistrelle bats really do emerge from the mouth of a gargolye high up on the tower, how gothic is that?
Whitby is a seaside town in North Yorkshire, England. It has a combined maritime, mineral and tourist heritage, and is home to the ruins of Whitby Abbey. The fishing port developed herring and whaling fleets and was where Captain Cook learned seamanship. Tourism started in Whitby in Georgian times and developed with the coming of the Steam railway in 1839 and the Steam railway is still there today. Well known for its association with the horror novel Dracula by Bram Stoker, its Jet and alum were mined locally, and Whitby jet, which was mined by the Victorians became fashionable during the 19th century.
Goths meet here twice a year, April and October to socialize, enjoy the cobbled streets of the fishing town , cafes, pubs and shop in the brilliant selection of Goth and Steampunk stalls available over these weekends.
A friend of mine works in forestry and found these antlers in his woods. I have painted them purple and silver and mounted them on a purple colour fascinator. This item, spats, hats and jewellery I will have on my stall at Whitby, the Spa Theater 26th – 29th April.
I was honored to be asked by Brute Force Studios to make a matching leather crown to their leather fantasy costume made for Westcotts products booth at the Photoshop World Expo, DC. I also enjoyed giving a helping hand with the sewing, spraying and riveting of the leather outfit designed by Thomas Willeford.
Outfit the model is wearing is custom made for Westcott Lighting, Shot and edited by Ivan Delgado Fantasy model: Sarah Hunter, Fantasy crown: Amanda Scrivener AKA Professor Maelstromme, Leather Armour and outfit: Brute force Studios, Thomas Willeford and help in fabrication Amanda Scrivener AKA Professor Maelstromme.
Hand sculpted leather and airbrushed with color. Riveted together with sparkly gem rivets and held in place by a comfortable leather/elastic strap.
I found this cool old tan leather holster, just the right size for a lipstick, a mobile phone and a purse. I put it together with a bullet garter belt, one for each leg and some bullet conchos.
Below are a pair of Steampunk western style bullet garter belts I made. Adorned with lace, bullet casings and bullet conchos.
I designed another type of spat shape, that flatter the ankle for my niece to wear with her high heel shoes. I loved the shape so much that I made a pair for myself too in leather and spikes.
These are great fun to make and I will be listing some more designs on my shop soon.
Link to the shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ProfMaelstromme?ref=pr_shop_more
Professor Maelstromme is exhibiting exquisite items at this new Museum which opens to the public in March, located in Stratford-upon-Avon, the hometown of Shakespeare, UK
The MAD museum is a wonderful and exciting collection of machines incorporating gears, chains, pulleys and whirligig paraphernalia. The exhibits fall into three areas:
- Kinetic Art = art in motion
- Automata = interesting mechanical contraptions
- Steampunk = modern gizmos with a Victorian twist
Freaky doll head fascinators made by Professor Maelstromme called Clockwork Cannibal Charlottes. Little lost dolls with scary faces created into jewellery and fascinators, when you buy one and keep it in your bedroom make sure you lock it away at night!
Please read previous posts about Cannibal Charlottes for their full story.
Always fascinated by skulls I have created a range of mini top hats and fascinators using faux cat and crow skulls. As we loved them to death, and beyond; Not texidermy; Professor Maelstromme’s taxifackery. The structure that remains after life, is still beautiful (faux or not).
For sale on etsy, which will soon be accepting payment with credit cards as well as paypal.