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Elevenses: Strolling the frost fair

Good morning Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you are all feeling remarkably eleven o clockish because it is, indeed, eleven o’clock and so I hope that you will come and join us as we stroll around the Lancastrian Frost Fair, taking in the sights and looking for dainty delicacies to nibble on.

I say strolling, which implies a leisurely pace, but my Very Quiet Gentleman Friend is doing an embarrassing amount of huffing and puffing and gasping for breath which is quite off putting I can tell you and leads me, once again, to question exactly what constitutes ‘Very Quiet’ in the realm above the waves.

I say strolling, but perhaps that is a misnoma for the exercise as in fact my tentacles are all still in splints from the ice skating affair and Mrs B has kindly rustled up an old wheelchair from somewhere and we have strapped a couple of floor board planks to the wheels so that Max can push me through the snowy cobbled streets and over the icy river with ease.

Oh the joy! I cannot tell you how immeasurably more enjoyable it is to experience a winter’s walk from the cozy comfort of an armchair…there are fire eaters and jugglers, oh my goodness is that an elephant thy have over there?! It is! I’m amazed the ice does not crack! Mind you, they are roasting spit an ox with impunity over there and I am certain it is going to lead to disaster.

There are so many things for sale. Luckily Max is a bit of a Finger Smith and we manage to procure some excellent spiced buns and treacle toffee before slipping away into one of the ‘fuddling tents’. These are made of the barge sails propped up haphazardly with poles and inside you with find some of the most lethal chai-cocktails to be mixed this side of a Tiffin Den.

We sampled ‘Purl’ (a steaming black brew made with lapsang and wormwood) which the vendor told us would have a man gibbering for days, and ‘The Spiky Mother’ (A pungent Assam with chilli and dark chocolate) which had apparently already hospitalised a crowd of eight, but we must be candid and say that, even after four or five cups of each, Max still had the wherewithal to hot foot it out of the tent and away before the angry vendor could catch up with us an extract his payment.  (no mean feat pushing an octopus in a make-shift sled)

He almost cornered us but luckily Max employed a pocket full of escapological marbles (if you naive to the uses of escapological marbles to thwart a pursuer just ask the nearest five year old) and we left him cursing in the gutter.

 

So here we are, keeping our heads down in a much quieter area of the ice and ready to show you some of the delights for sale…

Moth Festival (The home of Hopeless Maine on etsy) have a massive amount of Steampunk delights for you to spend your pocket money on, including this spiffing steampunk manifesto print which we are coveting for our parlour wall…

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Hapi Cult (skateboards, skate wear and street wear for urban Magic Makers) have these fab new Hapi Life spell t shirts

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Steampunk Parliament  has a huge array of beautiful Steampunk lace jewellery, cute wall plaques and colouring books.

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We wish you all a very splendid afternoon and hope you will join us for more frosty fun next week so, until then, please be always,

utterly yourself

 

 

 

 


Soup of the day: With Steampunk treasures from Jamlincrow

Hello! Mrs Albert Baker here, otherwise known as The Last Witch Of Pendle. Obviously there is no Pendle any more, since The Chronic Agronauts utterly destroyed it with treacle and sprats, but I’ve set myself up quite nicely here in Lancaster, running this little soup kitchen for the street urchins. There certainly are a lot of them and I’m always looking for helping hands to cook up and serve something delicious!

Helping me this morning is Joe, creator of the beautiful steampunk inspired jewellery  at Jamlincrow. Good morning Joe, thank you so much for coming to help me in my soup kitchen today! Tell me, have you brought along some soup to share with us?

I’m rather partial to a good vegetable soup, until recently I had always dipped lightly buttered bread in my soup. However, the other day I hollowed out the top of a baguette and filled it with cheese and shoved it in the oven as a little experiment. Hot crusty bread with lashings of melted cheese was quite the treat to accompany my soup. So that is what I have brought with me today! 🙂

 

Mmm, it smells delicious, I’m sure the little urchins will enjoy it immensely. Now while that is simmering away nicely, why don’t we take a look at some of your lovely creations, have you brought some along to show us today?

Well, let’s see, what have we got…… ah yes I have this magical key necklace featuring some splendiferous clockwork watch mechanics from a bygone era. Also a sprinkling of Amethyst to mesmerise all that gaze upon it!

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What else can I rummage up? How about these cufflinks, with some rather special Tissot watch movements. Quite the extravagance for the discerning gentleman!

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Or maybe a tie bar would be more the ticket…

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A lady such as yourself would look rather fetching with a colourful dragonfly fluttering around your neck. Careful, not to dangle him in the soup though!

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They really  are  marvellous, I especially like the key and dragonfly necklaces! How long have you been in the business of making steampunk jewellery?

Thank you so much for your kind words! People do seem fond of my dragonflies and keys…. I think being able to customise by choosing their own colours adds to the attraction 🙂

I reckon I must have been steampunking around with jewellery for about 5 years now. It doesn’t feel that long, time flies when you’re working with watch parts and winged insects 😉

 

Oh yes I suppose it must! And what inspires you when you set about making a new design?

 

I’m lucky enough to have found my soulmate, who is a constant source of inspiration to me. In fact she is the reason I started my Jamlincrow journey in the first place!
So my work is often guided by insightful mutterings from my better half 🙂

 

Oh what a beautiful story! Now then, you have a lovely range of jewellery in your shop but if a customer wanted something special do you take custom orders?

 

Yes indeed! I get all sorts of requests, so people only need tap at my chamber door and ask the question…… don’t be shy.

A lot of my custom requests are for steampunk plug earrings (for people who have stretched ears). I seem to have carved out a little niche for myself making those.

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Goodness! Whatever next! And, where can we find your work displayed, featured or for sale?

 

Although I always have plans to get my website up and running, I would say my Etsy shop should be your first port of call for now 🙂
jamlincrow.etsy.com

I am also an official supplier to the National Maritime Museum who stock some of my items, including my watch mechanism cufflinks at The Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

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You can also keep an eye on what I’m up to on my Facebook page!

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And finally, the all important question, on which the fate of the world may hang…  the kettle is sing so which is the brew that inspires you more when you are creating, coffee or tea? (and how do you take it?)

TEA?!?! Yuck! What a disgusting thought. I’m all about the coffee 😛
Usually an Americano or two in the morning, moving on to a Cappuccino as an afternoon treat, each with 1 and a half spoons of sugar. Wow, no wonder I don’t sleep well :/

Coffee? I think I do have a little jar around somewhere, yes here we go…

Well thank you so much for coming to help out in the soup kitchen today, Joe, it’s been wonderful to chat with you and I must say that soup smells delicious. I think it must be about ready and the little urchins have their rosy noses pushed up against the glass in anticipation so shall we start dishing it up?

Most definitely. We can’t sit around here nattering all day when their are empty bellies to feed!

 

Thankyou so much for joining us in the soup kitchen today,I hope to see you all again next week when another exciting guest will be helping me dish up some tasty soup so, until then

Blessings on your brew my dears!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Soup Of The Day with Punk Fairy Sally Jacob

 

Hello! Mrs Albert Baker here, otherwise known as The Last Witch Of Pendle. Obviously there is no Pendle any more, since those dreadful land pirates, The Chronic Agronauts, utterly destroyed it with treacle and sprats, but I’ve set myself up quite nicely here in Lancaster, running this little soup kitchen for the street urchins. There certainly are a lot of them and I’m always looking for helping hands to cook up and serve something delicious!

Helping me this morning is Punk Fairy artist and creator , Sally Jacob! Good morning to you, my dear, thank you so much for flying in to help me in my soup kitchen today, Sally, I see you have brought the sunshine with you! Now do please have a seat here at the table and I will put the kettle on. I hope your journey to our dimension was a good one?

Well, I always love flying in – especially on a broomstick!

Splendid! It certainly looks good weather for it! Well now before we take a look at some of your marvellous artwork, tell me, have you brought some soup to share with the orphans?

Sadly my skills at cooking are very lacking, so I haven’t been able to bring any homemade soup with me. However I am more than happy to provide somebody else’s soup!

Not to worry my dear you know Mr Temperance and Miss Plumtartt left some of their ‘interesting’ brew behind when they last visited, I have been looking fr an excuse to get rid of it before it eats somebody. Now, while that is simmering away nicely, why don’t you show me some of your wonderful creations?

I’m sharing one of my more recent paintings, called “Bound”, which I feel has steampunk undertones, and an older piece called “Broken”, which has some fun steampunk wings. I’m also sharing a magpie feather and watch movement fascinator, clock hands headpiece and Octopus and titanium quartz necklace.

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Your creations are absolutely stunning my dear, and your artwork is wonderful ! Have you always had a passion for art?

Thank you, art has always been a big part of my life, it’s not necessarily that I consciously decide to keep painting, but the ideas are always there and I have to express them. I was always creative as a child and I don’t think I ever stopped. I get to express that creativity now with my artwork and also the jewellery and headpieces I create.

Marvellous, and what attracted you to Steampunk in particular?

I love the mixture you get with steampunk, you can have so many ideas and put them together and they just work. I have always has a passion for history, and I love that with steampunk you get to give it unusual and interesting twists.

Indeed, and where do you draw your creative inspiration from for each new piece?

That’s hard to say, I get asked this a lot and I don’t have a definite answer. My art is very much shaped by my life and the things my brain is processing at any given time. I will get mad moments where I’m obsessed with painting certain things (the latest one was moths!) and I will find that little part will inspire a whole painting. With the jewellery and accessories I will usually become inspired when I find a component, or I’ll want to make an elaborate headpiece with a sort-of character in mind.

And how do you source your materials?

Well, painting wise its straightforward art shops. With the jewellery I make I love to include found objects like keys, bits of watch and clock … and my headpieces often include vintage beading and trims, sometimes taxidermy all of which I hunt down at local flea markets.

If a customer wanted something particular, do you take custom orders?

Absolutely, I’m always happy to take on custom orders.

Ah, now the kettle is boiled, can I offer you both a hot beverage? What would you like and how do you take it?

Tea with milk please, you can’t beat a good cup of tea!

 Here you are, now do tell me, where can we find your work displayed, featured or for sale?

My work can be found for sale online, via my website www.thepunkfaeryartworks.com, and in the real world I trade at various events in the Southwest.

Wonderful! Well thank you so much for coming to help out in the soup kitchen today, Sally, it’s been wonderful to chat with you and I must say that soup smells delicious. I think it must be about ready and the little urchins have their rosy noses pushed up against the glass in anticipation so shall we start dishing it up before it becomes hostile?

I think that’s an excellent idea, and thanks for having me here to chat.

 

 

A pleasure my dear. Thankyou all for joining us today and I hope you will cme back and see me next week, until then, 

Blessings on your brew my dears!

 

 

 

 


Soup of the day:Kaydance Heggarty

Hello! Mrs Albert Baker here, I do apologise for my absence the past two weeks, I have been lending my culinary skills to help the orphans of Hopeless Maine and you can read all about my terrifying adventures on that strange gothic island right HERE.

But thankfully I managed to escape and helping me this morning in the soup kitchen is Steampunk crafter Kaydance Heggarty , a very good morning to you, my dear, thank you so much for coming to help me in my soup kitchen today, may I take your hat and coat? I’m afraid the fog is awful again this morning!

Ah yes, a real pea-souper (groans at own joke)

Indeed! Now do please have a seat here by the fire and I will put the kettle on. I hope your journey to our dimension was a good one, you did not encounter any skywaymen in this dreadful fog?

Indeed not, I was most fortunate.  But perhaps you refer to my somewhat dishevelled and ragged appearance? No, no,  please do not concern yourself!  This is just a small disguise to persuade the skywaymen that I’m much too poor to warrant their attention.  Seems to have worked admirably although I must admit the smell emitting from this clothing is a little distracting….

Oh I see! What a marvellous idea! Well now before we take a look at all your lovely trinkets and curios, tell me, have you brought some soup to share with the orphans?

I’ve brought this scrummy vegetarian potato and cheese soup. I came across the recipe on  my travels.  It is absolutely delicious and very filling, I do hope the orphans like it?  http://funnyloveblog.com/2015/02/19/easy-loaded-baked-potato-soup-vegetarian/

Mmm, it smells delicious, I’m sure the little urchins will enjoy it immensely. Now while that is simmering away nicely, why don’t you show me some of your wonderful creations?

Some of these items are already available from my Etsy shop, other items will be coming in the next month or so although already available upon enquiry via my facebook page.

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They really are marvellous, I especially love the tempus fugit necklaces, and the little Nemo’s Nemesis pendants! Have you always been interested in crafting ?

Why thank you, that’s most kind of you.  But to answer your question, crafting was something I enjoyed immensely as a child.  I’m afraid as an adult I let adult concerns consume me and forgot the joy achieved from creating items for oneself.  It was therefore with immense pleasure that I discovered Steampunk and its inherent creativity which reawakened my interest in crafting (although I have moved on somewhat from using toilet rolls and sticky back plastic).

And what attracted you to Steampunk in particular?

I’ve always had a love for Victoriana, particularly Victorian gothic decor and architecture but it wasn’t until my brother pointed out to me that some of my ‘tat’ (as he likes to refer to my various knick knacks) smacked of Steampunk that I ever heard of it.  It was a revelation and I voraciously searched out sources of Steampunk literature, music and fashion.  Then with a little Dutch courage under my belt I took my fate in my hands and joined a local steampunk group.  Serendipitously, I already had a considerable number of rather gorgeous military style jackets and natty little lace up boots which fitted the bill perfectly.  I think steampunk was simply something for which I had been unconsciously searching and once I had discovered it I couldn’t get enough.  The inherent creativity of the genre was simply an added (if rather large) bonus.

I see, and where do you draw your creative inspiration from for each new piece?

Numerous ways, sometimes a phrase will suggest an item such as the Tempus Fugit (Time Flies) necklace, other times I see an item and immediately see the use they can be put to and come up with a name later such as Nemo’s nemises  lockets (incidentally I must point out no Kraken were hurt in the creation of these little lockets).  Usually, it is just trial and error to see what works and what doesn’t.  Often it is just a case of seeing something that catches the eye and thinking I could do that but with ‘this twist’ or ‘that twist’, or ‘can I stick a gauge on that?’  It’s just a different way of bringing the individual components available together in what to my eye is a pleasing manner.

Yes Collin the octopus was a little concerned when he saw those tentacles… so if you do not use live specimens how do you source your materials?

Some of the rarer items are sourced from the black market, other items are scavenged from local establishments that deal in second-hand goods.  Occasionally an item falls off the back of a passing airship (wink wink) but the majority of the constituent items are imported from the Far East via the aethernet.

Oh not to worry my dear your secrets are safe with me, I am certainly no friend of Her Majesty’s Good Folk! Now then, if a customer wanted something particular, do you take custom orders?

Of course, and it has lead to some interesting conversations.  In particular I remember a request for an altitude gauge for a pair of fairy wings and the ensuing conversation as to the relative safe heights at which fairies are able to fly.

And, whilst I currently mostly my jewellery just at markets I always have my tools on hand in case anybody wants to place a ‘special request’.  I am hoping to expand the jewellery range listed on my online shop in the next few months.

Ah, now the kettle is boiled, can I offer you both a hot beverage? What is your poison and how do you take it?

Oh lovely, thank you.  A lovely cup of tea please (English breakfast if you have it?) with a moderate dash of milk.  Mmmm….. lovely.  Look, I’ve brought some Malted Milk with me for us to share.

Here you are, now do tell me, where can we find your work displayed, featured or for sale?

Thank you.  I currently have a little virtual shop under Etsy but as I previously stated I’m also very happy to take orders and enquiries via my facebook page.

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/HeggartysCurios

https://www.facebook.com/Heggartys-Curios-1716812748557828/

 

Wonderful! Well thank you so much for coming to help out in the soup kitchen today, it’s been wonderful to chat with you and I must say that soup smells delicious. I think it must be about ready and the little urchins have their rosy noses pushed up against the glass in anticipation so shall we start dishing it up?

Oh yes, then I really must dash as I have some urgent orders waiting for me back at my workshop.  But I must say it’s been absolutely lovely to join you today….

Marvellous, thankyou all for joining us in the kitchen today and I hope you will come and visit me again next week,until then,

blessings on your brew my dears!

 

 


Soup Of The Day: With Doktress Melange

 

Hello! Mrs Albert Baker here, otherwise known as The Last Witch Of Pendle. Obviously there is no Pendle any more, since The Chronic Agronauts utterly destroyed it with treacle and sprats, but I’ve set myself up quite nicely here in Lancaster, running this little soup kitchen for the street urchins. There certainly are a lot of them and I’m always looking for helping hands to cook up and serve something delicious!

Helping me this morning is steampunk creator Angela Bruce aka  Doktress Melange! Good morning Angela, thank you so much for coming to help me in my soup kitchen today! Tell me, have you brought along some soup to share with us?

 

Yes it’s Spicy Butternut Squash….

Ingredients

1 small to medium butternut squash
1 onion
1 red pepper
2 large carrots
3 cloves of garlic
2 large red chillies
1 teaspoon of finely grated ginger
Chicken or vegetable stock (about 1 to 1.5 litres, enough to cover the veg)
Quarter of a teaspoon of ground coriander
Salt and Pepper
Method
Roughly chop the squash, carrots and pepper and sweat in some butter until soft
Add chopped chilli and garlic and grated ginger (vary amount according to own taste)
Continue to sweat
When everything is nice and soft stir in the ground coriander , salt and pepper and add the stock and cook on a low heat for 30 minutes (if using stock cubes you probably won’t need the salt)
Use blender to blend
Serve with either a swirl of cream on top or some freshly chopped coriander leaves

Mmm, it smells delicious, I’m sure the little urchins will enjoy it immensely. Now while
that is simmering away nicely, why don’t we take a look at some of your stunning
creations, have you brought some along to show us today?
Yes, I’d like to present a melange of my recent creations; these include two canvases, 2 sets of mini drawers and my speciality, resin pendants.

 

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Your steampunk creations really are wonderful, what inspires you when you sit down to
create each one?
My inspiration comes in two forms; it can be dependent upon the item I’m creating or it can come from a found object which sets off sparks of creativity and invention.
I am inspired by reclaiming objects and giving new life to items that otherwise would have been discarded.
When I am creating a canvas a major influence is Sci-Fi film and TV. I’m particularly interested in the portrayal of post apocalyptic and dystopian futures; the essence of which I strive to convey in my artwork.
What I make largely depends on what comes into my possession, I have upcycled bottles, mirrors and made steampunk prop guns from assorted bits of brass and copper. Part of the excitement is not knowing what I’ll be doing next.
When it comes to jewellery, I try to simulate the capturing of time by embedding watch parts in resin. I like to arrange the parts in such a way as to give the impression of a functional item. During the artistic journey I find that there is a natural evolution of ideas which form the creative process. In other words I don’t know what the completed object will look like until it is finished.
The only appropriate place to keep your steampunk necklace when not wearing it is in a steampunk jewellery box. When it comes to boxes and drawers the process is again spontaneous and continuously evolving until such time that I feel it is complete. This often involves long spells of consideration and modification before completion.
And where do you source all those amazing materials?
Sourcing is a constant consideration involving imaginative recycling of anything and everything. I am always beady eyed as to what might be salvaged before it is forever lost in a land-fill site. I also scour charity shops and car boot sales in the hunt for treasures
Do you take custom orders?
Not as a rule as I find it stifles the creative process but there have been exceptions. I recently made some steampunk cubes to be used in a music video for the song Dead Air by the band Bless the Fall. I had a very short deadline to get them sent to LA but was given the leeway to make them however I liked so it was all quite exciting.

Splendid, and where can we find your marvellous creations for sale?

http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Doktress-Melange

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/DoktressMelange

https://www.doktressmelange.com

https://www.instagram.com/doktress_melange
Marvellous, ah now I hear the kettle singing and so I must ask my final question, on which the fate of the world may hang… which is the brew that inspires you more when you are creating, coffee or tea? (and how do you take it?)
It has to be tea and to get those brain cells awake and the steam firing on all cylinders I have a refreshing cup of lemon and ginger tea.

 

Well here you are, my dear! Thank you so much for coming to help out in the soup kitchen today, Angela, it’s been wonderful to chat with you and I must say that soup smells delicious. I think it must be about ready and the little urchins have their rosy noses pushed up against the glass in anticipation so shall we start dishing it up?

As for the rest of you I will see you next week when another very special guest will be helping me serve up some splendid soup so, until then

Blessings on your brew my dears!

 

 


Soup Of The Day: With Spanky Spangler Designs

 

Hello! Mrs Albert Baker here, otherwise known as The Last Witch Of Pendle. Obviously there is no Pendle any more, since The Chronic Agronauts utterly destroyed it with treacle and sprats, but I’ve set myself up quite nicely here in Lancaster, running this little soup kitchen for the street urchins. There certainly are a lot of them and I’m always looking for helping hands to cook up and serve something delicious!

Helping me this morning is Denise, creator of the awe inspiring jewellery and Steampunk sculptures at SpankySpangler DesignsGood morning Denise, thank you so much for coming to help me in my soup kitchen today! Tell me, have you brought along some soup to share with us

Yes, I have a rather wonderful and tasty vegan recipe I found on one of my jaunts around t’internets. I can’t remember where I found it but the ingredients are; 10 tomatoes, a vine of sweet cherry tomatoes, a large onion, 6 cloves of garlic, olive oil, salt, pepper, 2tsp Garam masala, a can of coconut milk, 2tbsp tomato paste and 300ml veg stock. 

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Chop the tomatoes into quarters, half the cherry tomatoes and cut the onion into chunks and separate the layers, place on a baking tray with garlic (in its skin) and drizzle over olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper. Roast veg in the oven for about half an hour. Once veg is roasted, transfer to a large pot (don’t forget to remove the sweet and sticky roasted garlic from its skin) and add stock, tomato paste, coconut milk and stir well. Add the spices and more salt/pepper to taste then bring to the boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Carefully transfer to a blender or processor a few cups at a time and blend until smooth, or chunky if you prefer (you could use a stick/immersion blender too). Serve with a swirl of reserved coconut milk and croutons or crusty bread. 

Mmm, it smells delicious, I’m sure the little urchins will enjoy it immensely. Now while that is simmering away nicely, why don’t we take a look at some of your stunning creations, have you brought some along to show us today?

Yes, I have brought along some of my insect brooches, some sculptures and my Victorian inspired jewellery some of which use vintage and antique clock and watch parts, movements and cogs, along with vintaj brass and sterling silver charms, chains and findings to hold it all together.

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Your steampunk sculptures really are amazing, what inspires you when you sit down to create each one

I have always had love of nature, in particular creepy crawlies. I was an odd child and I used to spend hours searching the garden collecting insects and spiders and observing them, watching the way they moved as they scurried and across my hands… A lot of people find them disgusting and are even afraid of them but I find them fascinating and when I became interested in steampunk it seemed natural to me to try and create clockwork versions… On some strange level I guess I want people to find them as interesting as I do but without the negative reaction. 

And where do you source all those amazing materials?

I usually find bits and pieces at markets, antique fairs, car boot sales and pestering local watch tinkerers but I mainly make purchases online, Etsy and EBay have a vast array of antique and vintage clock and watch parts!

Your insect sculptures have a particular resonance in light of the recent decline in bee populations and the development of robotic pollinators, was this intentional at all and do you think it is important for art to challenge us in the same way that dystopian fiction can?

Yes, the decline in bee populations has influenced my work, although robotic pollinators could pose a problem as Charlie Brooker has shown us in his televisual show Black Mirror (Hated in the Nation)! And yes, it is important for art to challenge our perceptions, our reality and also to show us possible future scenarios if we don’t change our wicked ways! I much prefer our fuzzy little helpers get the support they need to survive what we have done to them in our search for perfection, rather than relying on robots, that’s if the technology could exist! I have just recently started selling my jewellery on EBay, they allow a percentage of money from a sale to be donated to charity, I have set up my insect brooch listings on EBay and Etsy to donate 15% of each sale to the Bumble Bee Conservation Trust because they are so important to our survival! 

You also produce some amazing anthropomorphic illustrations would you like to tell us a bit about those? 

My anthropomorpic illustrations take influence from whimsical childhood memories; Alice in Wonderland, Brer Rabbit, Wind in the Willows, Rupert Bear and Tales from Fern Hollow, along with my obsession for collecting Sylvanian Families! 

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Your beautiful creations have captured the hearts of the Steampunk community, tell me, besides your online store,where else can we find your work displayed, featured or for sale?

My work is only for sale online at the moment although I have exhibited at a number of art galleries in the past, including The National Glass Centre, Artsbank Gallery and The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle. I also sell my bits and bobs at conventions, craft markets and Lou Lou’s vintage fair. Details can be found on my website. 

And now the all important question, on which the fate of the world may hang… which is the brew that inspires you more when you are creating, coffee or tea? (and how do you take it?)

Tea of course, with a splash of soy milk, but no sugar as I’m too sour to sweeten!

(Or perhaps ‘sweet enough?’) Well thank you so much for coming to help out in the soup kitchen today, Denise, it’s been wonderful to chat with you and I must say that soup smells delicious. I think it must be about ready now so lets start dishing it up. 

Max and Collin will be All Punked Up in the parlour tomorrow for some tantalising Tea @ Three and Peril will be reading some fabulous fiction from his Lovely Library on Friday. I will be back next week with another exciting steampunk guest to help me out so until then,

Blessings on your brew my dears!

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