A figurehead- courtesy of Martin Soulstealer
Some of you may remember my daughter from her vivid and beautiful wedding in February. The photo above shows her in a slightly different light. (I really love the luminous moon effect)
This weekend I was invited to a book launch in Nottingham for “Steampunk Apothecary”, by Jema Hewitt. The above is an illustration from the book.
Jema, allias Emilly Ladybird, is a hugely talented costume and jewellery designer who loves Steampunk. Step by step she guides you through the mechanics of making some of her creations. Delightful little stories are accompanied by jewel-coloured illustrations. You don’t even have to be interested in Steampunk to admire this beautiful book. (though it helps!)
The fairy wing tiara
An enthusiastic role player in the Steampunk world, Jema has used many of her friends to give an authentic feel to the book. I was looking forward to meeting a few of them at the book launch.
Lisa advised me that I should wear clothing appropriate to a Steampunk afternoon tea. (but admitted that a pretty blouse and skirt would be fine) Phew! She added that she would be wearing her blonde wig, as that is how she appears in the book. The result was quite amazing. She was particularly proud of the fascinator. There is actual tea inside the cup, but it won’t spill! Lisa made the entire outfit, of course. I was scarcely off the train and we were in Hopkinson’s Vintage store, purchasing a tiny antique teaspoon to sit on the saucer.
My domestic goddess in her kitchen- don’t you love the outfit?
She’d spent the previous evening writing cards to accompany the cakes which would be an essential element of the event. Remember the wedding cake? Well, Jema had made five fabulous new cakes. The flavours :- Rose and raspberry Dolly cake; Blood red beetroot and chocolate cake; Vanilla rainbow Fairy cake; The Kraken’s courgette and lime cake, and The Libraries Brandy and Ginger cake (my favourite!)
At this point you’re going to want to see the evidence, aren’t you, but it did start to disappear very rapidly.
Let them eat cake. They demand it! With Lisa’s pretty cards.
They were just as colourful inside, but I was too busy eating
After a while I went off to make friends and take some photos. The official photographer of the book, (and of Lisa’s wedding), Martin Soulstealer, was busy setting up some shots. Rather alarmingly, Lisa was balanced on a chair, poised over the balcony, above Jema’s husband Nick, recreating the scene from the book. I had to try for a quick shot, nowhere near Martin’s level of artistry.
Here are just a few of the “supporting cast”.
Jema eating cake, accompanied by Mr. Woppit
Cake and fascinators were everywhere!
Distinguished gentlemen and pretty ladies abound
Rebecca looked fabulous!
There will be more tales to tell. Did you see Mr. Woppit cavorting on the table? He is adorable! Just one more illustration from the book? You could be tempted.
Something for the gents- delicious tiepins!
So, that’s a Steampunk book launch. Do look out for Jema’s extraordinary book. It’s a work of art. In September there’s a new book coming, dedicated to cakes and sweets. I’ve had a sneak preview, but I musn’t give any secrets away! Here is the link if you want to purchase, or just have a look around Jema’s work. http://steampunkjewellery.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/new-books-pre-order-offer.html
See you soon.