I am an artist, costume maker and re-enactor. I went to Sandroyd School , then Bedales School. After that I went to Putney School of Art, Wimbledon School of Art and graduated from Kingston University.
I have been going to Science Fiction conventions since 1987 and have been a Medieval Re-enactor since 1992.
I have previously been a member of the Far Isles Medieval Society, the Sealed Knot and the Medieval Siege Society.
I am currently a member of the Paladins of Chivalry.
I have been entering costume in competition since 1987 and was made a Master Costumer at the 2005 Worldcon in Glasgow by winning the Best In Class award as a Journeyman.
I have been exhibiting and selling artwork at Science Fiction conventions since 1987 and also exhibit at local art shows.
As my by-line says ‘artist and costumer’, I think it’s time
for a post about costuming.
I attended Mancunicon, the British National Science Fiction
Convention, over Easter and decided to wear two constructed uniforms as hall
I have always been of the opinion that Steampunk is more
than cogs and goggles.
The first uniform was World War 2 based
I can, occasionally, be subtle. At first glance, this looks
like any WW 2 uniform.
Allow me to deconstruct it.
The trousers are no.2 dress; the blouse is no.3 (battle)
dress and has Dr Geoff Banyard skull & goggles badges on collar and
epaulettes, as well as major’s crowns. I also added real British medal ribbons,
but carefully in a random order. There
is a Dr Geoff unit badge on the right shoulder for the eighteenth regiment,
showing a badger with a gun.
The shirt and tie are
modern British Army and the hat is Soviet Army, but with a Royal Ordinance Corps
The belt of the Sam Browne is a modern reproduction, but the
shoulder strap, holster and accessories are genuine. Sam Brownes were never
worn with battledress.
The gun is a Steampunk sculpture
The second uniform was more Victorian Steampunk and felt
like service dress for Space Service. You will note there is no sidearm- but who
needs a sidearm when one has a Type 32 Winston Class Dreadnaught?
The seated pose photo was taken by Jackie Burns and is used
Once again the uniform hangs together well.
It is made up of a Blues & Royals Officer Mess Dress
jacket with major’s crowns on the epaulettes, a wing collar shirt and Victorian
stock, a Georgian Uniform waistcoat, a Guards officer’s waist sash, Royal Artillery
No 1 dress trousers and a Royal Engineers forage cap.