Steampunk Asylum, Lincoln, September 2013

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   Our first Asylum. The biggest Steampunk event of the Year – and what an event it was! We were there mostly as traders, selling Steampunk and Victorian themed articles of clothing to fellow Steampunks – but we also managed to  go to the ball and take part in the Fashion show.

  We arrived on Friday,  staying in a hotel conveniently located just a few minutes walk from the centre of Lincoln. On arrival we had just about half an hour to  unpack and then deliver all our bits for the fashion show – almost across the street!

 The Fashion Show.

  Prior Attire  was participating in two parts of the show – first part was mostly historical costume – and here we showcased a 1877 poloniase ( modeled by lovely Jill) and a 1883 evening gown in pink silk ( modeled by Sandi) and 3  riding habits – 1785, 1810 and 1885 – forming a nice bridge with our Steampunk collection to be shown in the second part – The Steampunk Amazones. Lucas was drafted to do the commentary, so both of us were busy ! the habits were modeled by Anett, Adrienne and me.  you can view  the habits in this post

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getting ready…

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Sandi modeling our evening wear…

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almst there – all of the models, some of them in Steampunk bits, some in historical habits . Natasha, Jill, Mercedes, Rogue, Anett and Adrianne. And Lucas, with all the pretty girls!

The show started – first the historical part…

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1885 habit

then a quick change into the steampunk gear and the Amazones were parading on the catwalk

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just before… girls having fun with props..

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lots of fun….

 Alas, with me supervising the attire and modelling, and Lucas commentating, neither of us was able to take photos of the show:-(  but dont worry, you can see the collections here and here, and i will add the official pictures once they make their way over to me.

 I also regret not being able to take photo of the other designers  there were some truly spectacular  designs, clothes, hairdos etc around – very, very varied, and very very impressive!

 After the show, things were packed up, showed into the car – and we could at last relax – and more importantly, eat something! we found a fantastic little Mexican restaurant jut next to the venue, so without much ado we  got in and tucked in – and the food was amazing!

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looks good, tastes even better – at Tequila’s

 not only the food was good – the music was superb and since we were the last customers, we even got to dance a couple of salsa tracks and a merengue – with some of the stuff joining in. i bet it must have looked pretty weird, Mr. Darcy spinning the Ringmistress around, but it was fun!

 Next day = the market! we were at Westgate centre, all set up by 10 and ready to trade .

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fascinators and corsets on this side….

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and skirts, bloomers and jackets on this….

 there were loads of interesting  stands and people around – and this time we did manage to take a few pictures!

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Kate turned out sporting one of our skirts – customized with her own fabric to match the corset

After a very busy day we had just enough time to get back to the hotel, get changed and to head for the ball…

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 the ball started with drinks and food, very welcome after all that work – but alas it disappointed on the dancing front. we did manage to find a few tunes on the dj’s list and  the name of the ball was saved by having a couple of slow waltzes – and a few couples did join us on the dance floor. alas, about 4 waltzes was all we had and after that music turned to bland pop and nobody danced at all. fortunately, the remaining entertainment was great -especially when the unmissable Professor Elemental appeared on the podium – the whole room vibrated with the rhythm of his chap-hop, and the lyrics were great. for those of you who haven’t had the pleasure yet – check his site…http://www.professorelemental.com/home

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  Next day saw us trading in our Neobedouin guise ( thanks to Navigatrix for the pic!)

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 and again,  we were busy chatting to all the folks, selling and buying things. alas, being stuck at the stall, we missed out on all the other events going  on in other places – the dirigible races, parades etc.

  Altogether, a smashing event – if you are interested in attending next year, her’s the link – http://steampunk.synthasite.com/

 and if you need clothing – well, the have put the remainder of the stock on ale in our etsy shop – have a browse!

Steampunk Stamford market 2013

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Just back from a lovely event in Stamford –  we learnt about it quite late, when all the stalls were sold out, but since there was a cancellation on Thursday, we were invited to trade! it was a short notice, but since Stamford is only about 50 minutes drive from Bedford, we decided to take the opportunity to play:-)

 The event was organized by Lorna from Fell From Grace, and was held in a lovely town of Stamford – a historic town, all built in stone –  very, very pretty!

  There was quite a lot of Steampunk fun going on over the whole event, alas, since it was such a short notice for us, we had already committed to other plans. sill, we were happy to attend the market!

 The market was open to the public from 10 to 4.30, and was quite a busy little affair. There was a good turn out of the traders, with loads of interesting things, and there was a lot of entertainment going on on the stage, so  we were far from bored!

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All ready at the stall-  and for today’s event I chose to wear my outfit from the Steampunk Travellers collection – the Conductrice – as t is both stylish and rather comfy! I also wore my Victorian Tavistock boots ( supplier: American Duchess) from the first time – and so was learning how to use my button hook !

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 I had a quick look around the stalls before the public turned out –  lots of interesting things, lots of familiar faces – and a few new ones too!

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love the clock bag!

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both pics from a stall Pommygranit

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 The trader and his lovely boxes – from Dodo Black Rainbow

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Addixtion-designs team – plus Cpt.Bellinger temporarily absent from his stall….

and a lovely underbust in interesting fabric from the Addixtion..

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 opposite us we had Handcrafted Leatherwork with a full range of leathery things! exciting!

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 and next to us, lovely ladies from Ornamentology

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Let us not forget the organizers – busy as always!

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 and my own dear husband, intently gazing at the stage…

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and on the stage we had several things happening = poetry and rapping, magic – and most exciting, competition! the best facial hair…

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contestants debating tactics…

( the winner was Cpt.Bellinger, btw)

ther was a best Steampunk pet competition – won by Otto..

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 and traditionally., Tea Duelling..

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to add to all this excitement we had a terrible case of South Tottenham ( when the soggy biccy falls into the cleavage of the lady..). fortunately, there were a lot of volunteers ready to help…

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 And there was the public –  and it must be said that at Steampunk events the public tends to be just as interesting as the rest of the performers – we had a few really lovely chats with interesting people!

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 Here we met Navigatrix and Matt from Arcane Armoury

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 outside, the two worlds mixed a bit more – and not a few people wandered inside, lured by the costumes and colorful, unusual things – many said that they have never heard of steampunk and that was their first contact – and that they enjoyed it immensely, liked the idea, the gear, the creativity and the ethos behind it – so there may be a few more fledgling steampunks in Stamford by now”

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 And to boot it all, at the end of the day we were all treated to delicious scones!!!

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  and me, as always,  managed to get a few pics snapped, to show off my new boots!

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 and after last minute purchase of two Chinese parasols ( really, we grabbed the things as they were being packed and carried out of the hall)…

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 we packed up and it was time to go home.

  I must admit i was a tad tired…

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but happy with my own purchase – a prop for the photo shoot of our next collection, Steampunk Amazones – a lovely whip!

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  And now, I think it is time for a glass of port and some rest! Hope you enjoyed the write up, many thanks to all the organizer and participant for a fantastic day!

Izabela PItcher, Prior Attire – and our Steampunk page:  Off The Rails

Steampunk in Cambridge market 07/07/13

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photo by Dave Humphrey

 

We had the pleasure to attend the steampunk market in Cambridge – the first event of its kind there, organized by Sharon Cannings – and what an event it was! It was the first ‘Strictly Steampunk’ market for us, so we were both very excited.

 The market was held in the Gulidhall – with lots of space and excellent facilities. The weather, for a change, was rather atypical for British summer – hot!  it simply called for an attire suitable for the heat and so I dug out the Neobedouin set from the cupboard, snatched my stepdaughter’s scarf and was ready – an extremely comfy attire and although warm, i wasnt boiling in it:-)

 The market itself – magic. Loads of interesting things to purchase, try on or simply look at.  a stand with tea, coffe, and most importantly, cake.Friendly faces everywhere, amazing merchandise and fascinating costumes – and the beauty of it all, lots of visitors came up dressed up accordingly despite the heat!

 Trading subsided at about 1 oclock a bit – mostly due to everybody watching the tea duelling in the bar area. the competition was fierce but fair and attracted a lot of attention from the public – the room resounded with cheers and applause as every duel reached its conclusion.

 In short – a cracking event, we sold stuff, accepted orders for more stuff and we also bought stuff ( quite a lot actually…) We chatted to the visitors and other exhibitors, met old friends and made some new ones – a great day.

 let the pictures speak for the event…

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hugely popular hats and Major Tinker busy at work. many a fine gentleman waked out from the hall looking even finer, sporting a topper or a bowler – or a fez

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yep, me at our stall, just before the opening:-)

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the hats and the naughty little cameos were a hit

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lovely jewellery, as always!

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our neighbours

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fantastic leatherwork here – got quite a few items from them! and all the cash was going to charity, even better!

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the Cog Store! lov ely work!

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beautiful outfits at our other neighbours, Addixtion

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let the duel commence!

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customer trying on some of our stuff

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and Sharon at her stall!

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the entertainment = good stuff!

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lucas – must have been taken early on as he is not sporting all the gadgets and goods he purchased over the day…;-0

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and the Neobedouin back home in the evening, completely shattered….

 

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