Photo Friday: Costume Diary: From Oz

It's August, and time for the annual Australian Costumers' Guild Costume Ball.  on the weekend. This year's costume had a convoluted evolution. I wanted to try my hand at making a foam 'metal plated' top for some time now; when I was invited to do a talk on steampunk at the recent Terry Pratchett convention, I decided to feed on that desire and twist it. Hence my steampunk witches hat was made. I love this hat. And so do others, it seems. I received dozens of positive comments and even had offers to purchase it. The Ball weekend was looming and I didn't have an abundance of sewing time (I'm in the middle of a writing marathon). I decided to make use of my new hat - and the idea for a steampunk Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. I had an idea: I'd steampunk up a vacuum cleaner in place of a broom. I scoured opshops - but there's never an item when you really want it. Would Ms West make it to the ball? Finally, only a few weeks before the ball, a friend (thank you Veronica) found a steam cleaner (it was meant to be!) It was pulled apart and gutted, then sanded and spray painted (we just had enough of the gold left. phew). I used rub and buff to add some wear and tear, glued on some bits and piping and added a compass (to face West of course). A 'tesla tube' light was made using a cheap plastic test tube, LED and wires. MINI-COSTUME PICTURE DIARY:

  

    

And how could I go without a flying monkey? I made some mini goggles, a matching metal-plated fezz and steampunk wings.

 

And meet Hamish: With all the accessories finished, I decided on an all black outfit to highlight them. I wore a black top, skirt (made for previous costume) and new under bust corset - and some green and black striped socks to add a hint of green in lieu of green makeup.  Vintage motorcycle gloves doubled as flying gloves. And here is my final outfit: my steampunk Wicked Witch of the West (and found out the day before was the 78th anniversary of the movie - woah! Perfect timing.) Thanks to Steamkittens this photo from the Ball.

Photos ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved. Portrait ©2017 Steamkittens.

Photo Friday: Books, Tophats and Steampunk Festival

Tomorrow is the book launch for From the Depths and Tomorrow, When I Die at the Steampunk Festival at National Railway Museum, Port Adelaide - scheduled for after lunch on Saturday. Those attending will be able to buy copies of both ebooks at the special launch price of US$0.99 - just for the weekend of the Festival. If you're attending, come up to the table and mention this post to get the voucher code.

 

The third eBook is scheduled for September publication. I'll also be taking pre-orders for the third journal (paperback) The Illusioneer  & Other Tales - the compilation of all three eBooks. This should be arriving late September/early October.

PRE-ORDER your own copy of JOURNAL #3 at Steampunk Festival $20 - includes postage within Australia.

Come and see me at the table. The first 50 pre-orders get a signed postcard of the paperback cover (to be revealed over the weekend).

You can also purchase some of my newest craft projects - crocheted tophats (Green:$15/ octopuses:$20)

  

Here's my own tophat!

And if you are entering the costume competition, then don't forget to say hello. I've been asked to help judge the costume competitions on both days. Prizes will be awarded 2.00-2.30pm on both Saturday and Sunday. (Ask at the entry door for more details on how to enter).

Here's some costumes from previous events to inspire you:

Photos (c)2017 Karen Carlisle/ Catherine Curl. All rights resereved.

Photo Friday: A New Steampunk Hat for Nullus Anxietas

This weekend is Nullus Anxietas VI - an Australian Discworld convention. This is my second (third if you count the Unseen University Convivium held here a few years ago). I love these conventions. They remind me of the old fan cons. It's all about chatting, debating, having fun and - for me - the costumes! This week's Photo Friday is a pictorial costume diary. I made a paper pattern. Cut out the foam and glued with hot glue (had to thin out the tip to get a point).

  

Started gluing on thin foam bits to simulate riveted panels.

  

Of course, no costume is real unless there's blood - or in this case - hot glue burns...

I used Araldyte to make lots of studs. Lots and lots of them... Then I painted it black. Then used Rub'n'Buff to glam it up. And here is the final hat: a steampunked witch's hat to wear on the steampunk panel (and there are other plans for it as well.)

Here's the video costume diary.

[embed]https://youtu.be/URf1TLrWoYY[/embed] I'm also doing a writing workshop - Write your own Discworld story. Come say hello if you are attending. I'll be posting more photos to twitter and Facebook over the weekend, so watch out for them.

Photos and Video ©2017 Karen Carlisle. All rights reserved.