Well, I just know you're busting to hear about how I spent my Saturday. It was Wellington's very first ever Steampunk Convention, Aethercon 2012. What a great day! I had a stall in the bazaar, selling the same things we sell in the shop - antique brass locks, rings, sprockets, buttons - all manner of things for costumes and props alike. Ironically, our supply of steampunk buttons was quite low as so many attendees had already bought them for their costumes on the day :)
I didn't have time to make a new costume (say awwww) so I blinged up my favourite stripey 1910ish jacket with some screw head buttons.
I was so thrilled with my hair!! Those rolls are stuffed chocka with ratts made of my own hair, and held up that rather heavy tophat and goggles with great ease. My hair fall augmented the back. I love big hair!
Below are some of the attendees.
A wonderfully evocative costume and character, with a genuinely NZ feel to it. Loved it!
Father and daughter punkers. Apologies for the awfully blurry photos - I didn't have my glasses on, and didn't realise they were out of focus, and that there was a smear on the lens that is causing the mysterious blurring in every photo. Not a tear in the space time continuum after all!
Mother daughter this time. Miss is a mad scientsit complete with leather apron and phials of mysterious powders. Lovin' the goggles, made of preserving jar lid rims and leather!
Lady Jane Craven, a symphony of elegance and finery! I love the cut-away jacket!
Lord Leslie Craven, who unfortunately I never got a photo of in better focus than this.
Agent Darling, all the way from Oamaru, which is, for the non locals, a small town in the South Island with a stunning Victorian precinct that has led to a highly active Steampunk presence. It is in fact the Steampunk Capital of NZ.
Our photographer. The camera is real, on the inside. Loving it.
My dear friend Nini of Things Unseen Jewellery. We were Bazaar neighbours and her supply of rice crackers and chocolate kept me going since I forgot to bring any lunch. Thanks Nini!
And that was a small sample of the amazing people who came through. I have more photos to share next time!