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.