As our week aboard the H.M.S. Chronabelle draws to a close, let’s spend a little time with the fourth adventurer aboard our beloved airship: Lady Kodak, a.k.a. Julia Lemke. As a graphic designer, Lady Kodak appreciates the bold extravagance of steampunk when compared to everyday Helvetica lives. Lady Kodak’s vision of steampunk functions somewhat as a corrective to the ever-efficient utilitarian rush of the 21st century.
The Steampunk Bible: What is your personal definition of Steampunk?
Lady Kodak: I think of it as sort of a romanticized, dystopian victorian era.
SPB: What is it about outdated technology – like dirigibles – that appeal to and inspire you?
LK: Our society today is all about efficiency. Sure, it works, but it’s no fun. There’s a sense of adventure and nostalgia with outdated technology.
SPB: Why did you all decide to “live” on an airship? What does it provide for you that 21st century reality cannot?
LK: We live in a world of plastic and Helvetica. Being on an airship is an escape from that. It provides adventure and excitement that the 21st century can’t compete with.
LK: What is it about the steampunk aesthetic that appeals to you?
SPB: As a graphic designer, everything about the steampunk aesthetic appeals to me. I’m particularly taken with the typography of the victorian era. It was bold and extravagant; that’s something we’ve lost with modern design. We’ve become so utilitarian that we’ve forgotten what beauty is, but steampunk aesthetics have that dark, romantic quality thats so impressive.