Sunday, September 5, 2010

Introducing: Steampunk Sunday…

In the past year or so I’ve really started to enjoy the steampunk genre. I’m not a tech savvy; most of the gadget and scientific aspects of the genre is lost to me, but I can definitely appreciate the aesthetics of it. I adore the Victorian, or Neo-Victorian, aspects of it, especially the couture…corsets and dresses yay!

As many of you know I’m quite taken by Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, which is what spurred my interest in the genre. My plan is to read and review some of the newer books in the genre, maybe not every Sunday, but once or twice a month.

To kick off this new feature I want to share a little field trip I went on yesterday, followed by my review of Blameless (the 3rd book in the Parasol Protectorate series). Next week I’ll review O. M. Grey’s Avalon Revisited and her short story, Of Aether and Aeon.

To some Denmark might seem like a very liberal and progressive country, however, when it comes to subcultures such as Goth and steampunk we’re very far behind and options for clothing stores and clubs are very limited. So imagine my surprise when I found out there would be a, sort of, trade fair or con in Copenhagen. Being a closet Goth; I was ecstatic!

Dark Market was held yesterday at a venue in the center of Copenhagen. Considering how small it was (only about 10-15 stalls at most) the turn out, for the time I was there, was pretty great. I had done some research online and there were only a couple of stalls that caught my interest, as a result I was only there for about an hour.

One of the things I was looking forward to was Elves Garden, which sells beautiful, Neo-Victorian, handmade jewelry, but also has some amazing steampunk inspired jewelry. I had a chance to talk to Malene, who makes all of these beautiful creations. She’s such a delightful person. She takes a great deal of pride on finding right materials in order to create these beautiful pieces. I just checked her store and Etsy and from today she’s adding pieces inspired by the Danish folklore surrounding elf girls.

I fell in love with a very pretty brass and Dragon’s Breath glass necklace.     

The one in the middle is mine (sorry for the bad lighting, it was very dark in the room and the flash was no help).

 

The second thing I wanted to check out was the artwork by Zindy Nielsen. Zindy creates some beautiful work, which reminds me of the art of Victoria Fran├ęs. The pieces I saw very all simply stunning.

 

Zindy offers a large variety of items, I bought a beautiful bookmark. Please go to her and she what she has to offer.

One of Copenhagen’s few alternative clothing stores, The Black Sheep, was at Dark Market as well and offered a 10% discount on all items at the market as well as the store all Saturday. Stupid as I was I didn’t bring enough cash and only had my credit card when I got to their stall, but I went to the store in town afterwards and bought myself a wonderful black, lace parasol.

Isn’t it marvelous?

I had a really nice chat with one of the staff members and he told me they would get a shipment of steampunk watches next week. Yay!

Honestly, I’d hoped the market was bigger, but I had good time and talked to some nice people. Again, please visit Malene and Zindy’s web shops and see what they have to offer.

 

2 comments:

LanYap said...

The necklace is beautiful and the parasol I am openly coveting! Thanks for posting pics!

Zindy S. D. Nielsen said...

Thanks so much <3

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