H.M.S. Chronabelle: The Intrepid Lady Kodak

Lady Kodak by Krista Brennan

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SPB: What is it about outdated technology–like dirigibles–that appeal to and inspire you?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 There’s a sense of adventure and nostalgia with outdated technology.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.

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One Response to H.M.S. Chronabelle: The Intrepid Lady Kodak

  1. Doogie says:

    Lady Kodak… you are so right. What happened to the fun in functional? Whimsy is key to keeping healthy and sane. The Book of Proverbs tells us that “laughter does good like a medicine.” and our society needs to lighten up and enjoy the wonder of creation and our own creations as they seemed to do back in the Victorian days.

    As a former graphic artist and tinkerer, I can say my days of glory were in my early youth when we invented our own toys and fun back in the 50’s and 60’s. I miss the feel and freedom of those times.

    Steampunk is my nostalgic “what could still be” state of mind and your interview reminded me of what I love about it… people like yourself.

    Thank you for being you… and, carry on.