Just a little update..

Hi, everyone!

Sorry that we haven’t been online much to give you news and such from the world of steampunk, but as usual we have been very busy in our ordinary lives. Varga have been busy with her LARP that is about to go off in just a few weeks. My has been away from the city and is now focusing on her upcoming studies, as am I. I’m turning from part-time French to full-time archival science, a big turn around but also a fun one.

The biggest news so far, though, is that August 20th  presented itself to be the birthday of one of the greatest authors ever (at least in my mind): Howard Phillips Lovecraft. This year it marked the 122 anniversary of his birth, and I, for one, celebrated that with reading some of my favourite novels of his 🙂

Next year I’ll bake a Cthulhu cake, I promise!

Xx, Arathin

Steampunk Night in Stockholm

Attention all Steampunkers in Stockholm!

The Science fiction Bookstore (Science Fictionbokhandeln) will be holding a Steampunk Night in April! The date is currently not set in stone, but it will probably be on the 18th or 19th of April.

This is because of the release of the Swedish translation of the book series Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger. Carriger will visit the bookstore and among book signing and interview, there will also be activities and discussions about steampunk. Eventually Carriger will also visit Gothenburgh and/or Malmö, but nothing is decided about that.

I haven’t read the book series yet, but I have been curious about it for quite some time now. As soon as I gain more time for free time reading I’ll probably attack it 🙂

In the meantime I think it’s great that they have decided to hold a theme night like this, and if enough people show up, I’m sure they will have it again ^^

I’ll come with more info on the Steampunk Night as soon as I know anything else, promise!

Xx, Arathin

Tesla, electrical genius

One of our sweet readers, Therese, requested that we write more about steampunk DIY and science. So I thought, why not start off with someone that in my mind is one of the most influential people when it comes to the science part of steampunk? Who I am thinking of? Nikola Tesla, of course. I may be still quite new to the scene, but it seems to me this electric genius has had a pretty big impact on the subculture.

To start of with a little history, Nikola Tesla was born 10 July, 1856, in the village of Smiljan, in the Austrian Empire. His father was a priest in the Serbian Orthodox Church, his mother the daughter of a priest in said church and he had one older brother (who later died in a riding accident) and three sisters. After graduating from the Higher Real Gymnasium in Karlovac, he went to study electrical engineering at the Austrian Pylotechnic in Graz in 1875. He never finished his studies though, but dropped out during his third year. After that he broke all relations with his family and went to Margur where he worked as an assistant engineer. After one year his father tracked him down and persuaded him to go to Prague and the Charles-Ferdinand University. Tesla, however, only attended one term and left school after his father had died.

During his lifetime Tesla lived in Budapest, Paris and New York, where he worked alongside Thomas Edison – who later on became his adversary in the electric field. He filed several patents and came quite close to recieving the Nobel Prize in Physics. Mostly Tesla is renowned for his work on electric currents, most specifically he formed the basis of alternating current (AC) which was one of the things that helped usher the second industrial revolution. He also did immense work on magnetic fields and created the Tesla Coil, a resonant transformer circuit capable of producing high voltage, low current and high frequency alternating current electricity. While Tesla used it to conduct several electrical experiments (a list and more information can be found HERE), it is today mostly used for educational displays, entertainment and in some cases also in fetish performances.

In 1943, on January 7th, Nikola Tesla died of the complications after a heart thrombus in a hotel room in New York, 86 years old.
But Tesla lives on in the steampunk subculture, where several of his inventions has come to find their places. He also frequents other parts of popular culture, such as literature, comics and movies. For a full list, go HERE! Without Tesla, I don’t think steampunk would look the way it does today or be as science-oriented as it is. So, thank you, Nikola Tesla 🙂

Source: Wikipedia

Xx, Arathin

 

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The dark, melancholic storyteller

Edgar Allan Poe (1809 – 1849) was an american author and a poet.

As a two-year old Poe lost both his parents and was adopted by John Allan, a rich businessman in Richmond, and his wife. Poe adopted John Allan’s middle name, but kept his biological parents’ last name.

Poe stayed a couple of years at theRichmondAcademyand was send to the University of Virginia after that. After one year John Allan refused to give Poe more money – probably because of Poe’s gambling problem. When John Allan died in 1834 was Poe left without any heritage.

Poe’s debut came in 1827 with the poetry collection “Tamerlame”. In 1831 he published a greater collection called “Poems”. In the middle of 1830, Poe was known as an established novelist, critic of literature and a successful editor. At the same time he got married to his 13-year old cousin Virginia.  Their marriage didn’t last long.Virginia died of tuberculosis in 1847 – this and problems with alcohol affected Poe strongly, and his already weak health became worse.

Virginia’s death is, as a lot more in Poe’s life, a history surrounded by myths.

Poe mostly wrote about beauty and death with a melancholic tone, and is also filled with a musical rhythm – “The Philosophy of Composition” (1846) is all about this.

Besides of all Poe’s classic poems is his detective stories and horror stories the source of inspiration and germinal to the whole horror-world. Many of his works have been used as foundations to a lot of movies and cartoons.

 

/My

Mr. Pearl – A corsetted vision

If I told you that you should know about the name Cathy Jung, you must know about the name Mr. Pearl.

The reason is simple; Mr. Pearl is one of the worlds most talented, appreciated and succesful modern corsetdesigner.

Mr. Pearl in one of his 18″ corsets, (before he started wear corsets he had a 30″ waist) which he have been wearing day and night the last ten years.

Mr. Pearl, or Mark Pullin as his real name is, was born 43 years ago in South Africa as the first child to an english father and a half english, half dutch mother. He got one brother, Grant. His father worked as a toolmaker and his mother as a secretary.

Pullins father always wanted his son to become a lawyer or a doctor, but even since childhood Pullin have been encanted by ballet, (he’s an old balletdancer) corset and art. But exactly when, how and where did this huge fascination for corsets begin?

“My grandmother wore corsets so I became fascinated by them,” he sais. “They were always salmon-pink. She used to let me lace her up. It took a long time as there were lots of eyelets and laces, but it was a great treat.”

Under two years he was married to a South African actress, but in 1994 they split up and Pullin moved to London and became both corset-maker and Mr. Pearl. In 2002 Mr. Pearl leaved London for Paris, where his corset-art have been stationed since.

“How would you describe the feeling of wearing a corset to someone who has never had the opportunity to put one on? What fascinates you so much about the way they repress and transform the body?
 
“Permanent embrace” just about sums it up. There are also ways to behave when wearing a corset. Clients often have ideas or fantasies about this before the commissioning stage and later there is much to explore vis a vis heightened social interaction. In fact, the body becomes voluptuous and palpably “there” rather than repressed.”

There’s many famous faces who have been seen in a Mr. Pearl corset, among them is Dita von Teese. When you ask Dita about Mr. Pearl, this is her answer;

“I feel very fortunate to know this man who lives for glamour and keeps this lost art of corsetry as it once was alive and well. In this era when everyone wants everything quickly and cheaply, Mr Pearl is here for those of us that comprehend the true art of haute couture, understand the value of it and are patient enough to take the time to let it happen.”

Today have Pullin no contact with his family. Pullins father says that he knew that the boy was gay the first moment he saw him, but also says that hes hugly talented.

Which we just can agree with him about, or what do you say?

 

Mr. Pearl in 1999.

~My
Sources: A fat chance Kylie! and Mr. Pearl: CoutureLab World.

Published in: on March 27, 2011 at 21:07  Comments (7)  

Maybe another inch?

Everyone who’s a bit nerdy when it comes to corsets and everything around them surely recongnize the name Cathy Jung.

And why should you do that?

Well… Cathy’s waist is a bit… extreme.

Her waist is incredible 15″ (38 cm) and with that the smallest waist on a living person. (The one who had the smallest waist of all time was Ethel Granger, her waist was 13″. (33 cm))

Cathy, now 71 years old, started with waisttraining back in 1985, with 26″ as her natural waistline, in a 22″ corset.  Two years later she started to wear a corset 24/7, and  since then her goal was to reach a smaller waist for every year that passed.

Cathy herself says that the negative parts of tightlacing is normal things, such as driving a car or manage social problems. “Not everyone understands what we’re doing and thinks a small waist is beautiful.”

Interviewers: Do you intend to go smaller?

Cathy: Possibly, a little bit. Maybe another inch?

~My

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