Steamdriven showing Thursday, Aug 25 2011 

Steamdriven showing – I hear it was amazing. I was invited as the Costume designer and consultant but I had to work… booo work .

SELLING NEW YORK Thursday, Aug 25 2011 

Selling New York – HGTV has a television show called Selling New York. They contacted a friend of mine Dr. Grymm, from Grymm Laboratories, to throw a party for some high-end mortgage brokers at a steampunk-themed apartment on 29th Street in New York. Twenty Steampunks were invited to see the apartment first hand, show the brokers what steampunk is and to answer any questions they might have. It was a wonderful space in an average New York neighborhood. The person that would love this apartment has to have very specific taste and 1.75 million dollars. I enjoyed some parts and others not so much, but there was a lot to recommend. I am also not used to city living. We were all discussing that it would be one of those apartments that you buy and then rent for parties but living there would be hard.


Times Daily 

Core talk 

1000 steampunk creations Thursday, Aug 25 2011 

1000 steampunk Creations book signing – This is a great book, though yours truly is not in it. The images are amazing there are some really great ideas and if there is something you really like there is a contact index in the back. It lets you see the steampunk world from a lot of different angles.

Before the signing there was a little social time where the big topic of discussion was the convention that will be in Fitchburg called the Great New England Steampunk Exposition.  We took our seats for a two hour panel about the book creation and some of the artist involved, as well as announcements on upcoming projects and events.

Conneticon Thursday, Aug 25 2011 

Conneticon– Wonderful as always but when you are doing it for 35 years you should know what you are doing. One of the only things I would have liked was if they had had healthier meal choices, after two cheeseburgers and three slices of pizza you just want a salad. Also, just a planning fluke and no ones fault, it was the same weekend as the fireworks at riverfront. Hence the traffic was awful on Saturday and all the restaurants had an hour wait, unless their cheapest meal was a 25$ salad. The Panels I heard only good things about. I only got to one because I was in the artist colony selling items. I did really well and sold almost everything so it is a good place to sell.

All in all, lots of fun costumes and events, and totally worth the price.

Summer Steam Outfit Friday, Aug 12 2011 

I am sorry that I have not been able to post over the last month after working two jobs in theater, the last thing a really want to do is type up a paper. As you can tell writing is not my strong suit, sure I have had hand written papers on subjects but not really for public consumption.
We have much to cover so let me get started. I was at a book signing this weekend which will hear about in the events portion of this website, along with the rundown of Connecitcon.
One of the many topics under discussion was how to dress as a steampunk in the summer months. Now here in New England we have 4 seasons and this might not apply to people in the South. Here we have no idea what to do. I am here to help.

Phase 1-abandon the outfits made of wool, velvet, polyester, and Acrylic and most of clothing with a lining. You want a fabric that breathes like cotton and linen. Be warned thought these fabrics wrinkle a great deal and you will need to iron them.
Phase 2- get rid of the constrictive clothing (this is mostly for woman). Things like Jackets, coats, long pants, and many layered skirts, Yes that does include corsets. Now ladies don’t jump down my throat. I am a big fan of the corset and would rather wear one than not and there is only one way to wear them in the summer if you are desperate.
1- wear as little under or over it a possible
2- if you are still dead set on wearing one, you will need baby powder. The powder will wick the moisture away from the body and prevent chaffing under and round the corset.
Phase3 the more skin the better- Now normally I oppose this theory. In my head I see it this way. You are not trying to be sexy so much as trying not to faint.

Thing of these things while coming up with a summer outfit
Men’s  attire
Put the vest aside and use suspenders
Laborer – miner
Dock worker
Chemist or explosion expert (shirt sleeves and a apron)
Bather (a Victorian day at the beach)

Women’s attire
Just plan Victorian under garments
Tom boy
Street urchin
Steampunk Lolita ( I do it a little different, I wear long skirts and flip flops)

Phase 4 leave the hat on the stand and go with a parasol
It is the reverse theory than that of wearing a hat in the winter. Your hat holds heat and like the corset sweat gathers in the head band and it can chafe. Woman will want to wear their hair up off their necks to let the breeze at there it. We also have
a lovely invention called sunscreen.
Phase 5 drop the macho persona. I hear all that time “but my character would not wear that”. Excuse my French but don’t be a macho ass. (I say macho because I find this more with men then woman). Sometime it does not fit in their story line that they currently have. You can look at this form two angles. One is to make the summer look a younger version. When the captain was a cabin boy, the engineer was a mechanic or the Scientist was a lab assistant. Two Just suck it up and don’t complain.