Fake Taxidermy Black Bird Gothic Hat.

I love making fake taxidermy pieces or as I like to call it taxifakery. It brings to mind Victorian science collections of birds and insects. Plus surely that is the whole point of Steampunk too, that the taxidermy is fake and Frankenstein-ed.

This is a cute Gothic perch hat which will look great perched on top of any hair do.

Gothic Bird

Dead little bird!

Dead little bird!




Making Hats.


I felt sorry for this poor vintage creature when I found him at the London Dungeon car boot sale. Yes! they really did have a stall selling all their Jack the Ripper tour stuff and booty when they moved location in London. I curled the vintage creature round the brim of a brown tweed hat with a few other curios and artifacts.

Vintage companion hat.

Vintage companion hat.


The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball, London, UK

Ethically sourced deer horn headpiece with added plaited hair braids.

Ethically sourced deer horn headpiece with added plaited hair braids. Photo by Soulstealer.

The Goblin King’s Annual Masquerade Ball is a themed and costumed ball which explores the darker side of fantasy.  Featuring promenade theatre, music,  interactive creatures, puppetry, art installations, goblin markets and many other surprises in suitable goblin habitable locations.

These are a few of my friends in their splendid outfits – Ethically sourced deer horn headpieces are created by Professor Maelstromme.

Ethically sourced deer horn fascinator

Ethically sourced deer horn fascinator

Creatures - photography by Soulstealer, UK

Creatures – photography by Soulstealer, UK



And the teaser trailer link below


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Human bones rain down at Whitby after church yard land slide.

Some more photos from the Bram Stoker International Film Festival fashion show 2012 taken at Whitby, UK. the celebrated town of Dracula and wonderful for all followers of goth.  Whitby has recently been in the news for its terrible land slides in the graveyard where reportedly “human bones were raining  down” on to the cottages and gardens below. A very sad scene for such a historic and beautifully situated Church. Link to the story on the BBC below.


Whitby church yard land slide.

Whitby church yard land slide.

Introducing model: Terri De-Lis Altilar at the fashion show, wearing human jaw bone, skull mini top hat, rib cage corset and sheer black fish tail skirt. I promise no bones were used from Whitby’s church yard.

Skeleton Outfit - image by Jon Tzm Dea

Skeleton Outfit – image by Jon Tzm Dea

Bram Stoker fashion show

Bram Stoker fashion show

Accessories: Professor Maelstromme  http://www.facebook.com/amanda.scrivener.54#!/pages/Professor-Maelstromme/243301422348426


Clothing: Wyte Phantom
Model: Terri De-Lis Altilar
Image: Jon Tzm Dea


Lesburlesque ladies in DIVA magazine this month with Rosie Lugosi.

Fantastic photo of Rosie Lugosi from Diva magazine wearing the straight razor and bird skull lace choker I made for her and purple glitter corset and fur coat by Wyte Phantom.


Lesburlesque ladies in DIVA magazine this month with Rosie Lugosi (writer and performer). http://www.facebook.com/pages/Deidre-Dreams/268799043155188#!/rosielugosiperformer


Mad Tea Party Fascinators ~

While clearing out my mums attic I found a wonderful childs doll small china tea set. My mum gave me a bottle of Pimms for doing it! so after a couple of glasses I made the teacups and saucers into hats.  I immediately went out searching all of the local antique shops for more, the mismatched the better.  I have added artificial flowers, hair net, hat pins, spoons, vintage odd earrings and even a spider!

Pretty china small teacup and saucer fascinators

Tea Party Fascinator

Tea Party Fascinator


Pretty Teacup and Saucer hat!







During the summer I work for a bat consultancy company.

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? 🙂

View from tower

Lacock abbey, Wiltshire

I have a stall at Whitby Gothic Weekend this weekend.

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.

Whitby Abbey ruins and beautiful coast view.

found antler fascinator

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.



Old creepy abandoned adventure park with an old wooden Roller coaster.

I enjoyed walking round and taking photos at the creepy old abandoned adventure park at Williams Grove. I love the old distressed wood and leaves laying on the tracks.

Old Cyclone

Old wooden Roller Coaster

I have an exhibit at the MAD (Mechanical Art & Design) Museum

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




Prof Maelstromme makes new friends.