Those of you who’ve Liked my Facebook page or follow my Google Plus page or my Tumblr blog (Noble Selves) will already know about my steampunk passion, but I’ve decided it’s time to share it here as well. I love the aesthetics of the style, the combination of Victorian and modern punk, the layering of clothing, and the earthy colours. I also love the jewelry and hats, so much so that I make some of them – or at least decorate them – along with the masks I’ve been making for years. I wear steampunk clothing most days (without the corsets), and I’m even writing some steampunk. There’s something about the gustsy female lead characters in steampunk, their disregard for the limitations society might try to place on them and their adding useful things like utility belts over their corsets and hitching up their skirts regardless of the opinion of their others that appeals. Steampunk heroines are feminists who retain and celebrate their femininity. They know when to use their feminine charms and went to use a ray gun. That’s my kind of gal!
So I have to mention Steampunk Nell. She’s the heroine in the steampunk story thread in my new Prunella Smith book, The Locksmith’s Secret. It’s coming soon, I’m just waiting on another beta reader to get finished and send me some feedback.
I took this photo of my steampunk masks being worn with a steampunk costume, and you’re welcome to share it, so long as you keep the attribution there. Click on the photo to go to my mask shop and see these masks and loads more plus the steampunk accessories. You might find a nice Christmas present for someone.