Veteran’s Day 2014

Just a simple thank you to all the veterans today. If you’re in St. Louis, stop by Soldiers Memorial downtown. The museum is FREE and my STL Cakeway to the West sculpture “The Spirit of St. Louis” is there. I would love to see your pics on Facebook and social media.

Thank you for reading and thank you to all who have served.

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-Victoria

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Happy Birthday to mysteampunkproject.wordpress.com

It’s been two years ago this month that I started this blog. I can’t believe that much time has passed already. My adventure into steampunk as an art form has been creative, stimulating, educational, fun, but most of all, satisfying. If you want to read any of my blogs, there all here. But if you only have time for one, let it be this because there is such a spectacular array of neat things here.

I’ve welcomed you into this process and I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride so far. I’ve had my share of ups and downs, creative explosions and delays. Personal and professional challenges have arisen, sometimes seemingly out of nowhere. If you’re new to blog, please take a gander at my previous entries. It was one year ago this week that I had a major surgery that truly changed my life.  I am grateful to be alive. And yep, I blogged about it (see How to Turn a Herniated Umbilical into Vampire Material).

I’m keeping this entry short. I’m going to share a few of my favorite pics and give an update on Strax and the Widow. Strax will be digitally published next month. I’ve jumped some incredible hurdles to finally get it into print. But I don’t regret a single minute of the work. It has been pure pleasure. Thank you to my beta readers, editor and designer. I can not wait to unleash Kate Church on the world. Please watch my social media links below for a definite release date and enjoy some of my most popular works.

As I selected the pics below, I realize how far I’ve come as a maker, creator and chameleon. I did all the make up, modelling and costuming for the pics below unless credited otherwise. Enjoy! And thank you for reading.

Steam WhiteSPCountess  (480x640)My first and favorite hat, not for sale.

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Yes, I love hats. I hope you do too because….

Fire Feather Hat 1Another favorite hat. But it’s for sale in my Etsy store.

CH8The Clockwork Hat, also available in my Etsy store.

Dual key hole necklace.

Dual key hole necklace.

 Some unique and gorgeous jewelry.

I’ve definitely had some fun with horror and cosplay as well:

Cover of Everyone Looks Better Undead.

Cover of Everyone Looks Better Undead.

 

And then some style. Day of the Dead Indeed

And then some style. Day of the Dead Indeed

Cover shot for "Can You Hear My Heart Beating?"

Cover shot for “Can You Hear My Heart Beating?”

 

Iconic image of how a hero "should" be.

Iconic image of how a hero “should” be.

A bit pensive.One of my fabulous hats and my favorite steam wig.

Some steam influence on two large public art projects, The Harry and Hanley Project (“The Clockwork Cat”) and stl250 Cakeway to the West (“The Spirit of St. Louis”).

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A little mystery here.

 I’ve gone on some fun adventures:

Compton Heights Water Tower and the Gypsy Caravan.

Compton Heights Water Tower and the Gypsy Caravan.

Autumn In Lafayette Park. Photography John Moore.

Autumn In Lafayette Park. Photography John Moore.

The Countess Awaits on the Bridge. Photography John Moore.

The Countess Awaits on the Bridge. Photography John Moore.

Under the Bridge. Photography, John Moore

Under the Bridge. Photography, John Moore

Comic Con STL 2014

Comic Con STL 2014

 

PL12Best house tour ever, from Lafayette Square earlier this summer.

And so much more to come, thank you for reading,

-Victoria

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Let Them Eat Cake, From St. Louis, Pt.1

During this adventure into Steampunk as an art form, I’ve been lucky enough to use it as a theme for some interesting public art projects. Last year I did the “Clockwork Cat” for The Harry and Hanley Project. A couple years ago, I did a steampunk corset and hat coupling for Soulard Art Market’s “Fashion Art” show. I featured both works in previous blogs.

Late last year, I was selected to participate in the stl250.org “Cakeway to the West”. My hometown, St. Louis, MO, the city I love, is celebrating its 250th birthday this year. stl250 is the community group promoting different events surrounding the city’s anniversary. “Cakeway to the West” is the visual component of this project. 250 fiberglass cakes were supplied to artists for “decorating”. Artists provided a theme and worked with the Regional Arts Commission and the Contemporary Art Museum on execution and placement in the St. Louis region.

My love for the machinery aspect of steampunk led me to choose Charles Lindbergh’s flight over the Atlantic in “The Spirit of St. Louis” which also became the name of my cake. Not only is the wonderful airplane featured on the cake, but a portrait of Lindberg and two airlines which started in Missouri, Ozark and TWA, are featured as well.

The top of the cake is painted with a faux propeller. Painted clouds form the icing. An oversized pair of goggles rests on the backside, while a flight scarf is draped around the two layers of the cake. I used one of my favorite mediums, soft acrylics and medium gloss sealant, to complete “The Spirit of St. Louis”.

I hope you enjoy some of the “in process” photos. My cake was placed at Creve Coeur Lake in St. Louis County. I can’t tell you exactly where, as stl250.org is doing a bit of a scavenger hunt. So please. feel free to look at the stl250.org website to see the Cake Leaderboard and join in the hunt. And just like the “Clockwork Cat”, I’ll have a steam inspired photo shoot as soon as we have some better weather.

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Please note: I had difficulties with my hautehen.com website in January and February. It is under reconstruction with a new host and I’ll let you know as soon as it’s back up. I’ll also have the new parts of the Mardi Gras mask series in the next couple blogs.

Thank you for reading and your support,

-Victoria

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