Ode to Mina Harker

Mina Harker Necklaced of antique and vintage crucifixes and rosary beads.

The Mina Harker Necklace is one of my oldest designs.  Originally, I did not make them to sell, because I made them before I even had a business selling my wares.   I made them to wear with black slips and vintage black kimonos back in the day when I went to goth clubs in London. They combined my love of intricate statement jewellery and my extensive collection of broken, and abandoned rosaries.

I named this design after one of my favourite fictional characters, the typist and undead survivor, Mina Harker, that ex-school teacher who traversed the liminal world of the damned, the infected of soul who lived to tell the tale.  There have been many Minas in other fictions but perhaps my favourite is The Letters of Mina Harker by Dodie Belamy, where Mina is re-visioned as a sexually active woman living in San Fransisco during the 1980s– she is also the author, speaking.  If you have not read it, you should!

Joey in full deathrock glory wearing his Mina.

This design has had more manifestations and versions than any other– and probably each has been a little painful to let each one go.  Most have found fascinating homes with artists, designers and creative visionaries.  Here your can see a recent custom design I made for Joey of Scout LA.

 

 

 

Fifteen Best Sellers this Spring

This Spring’s Best Sellers at Feralstrumpet.co.uk

Spring is here, the sun is out and festivals are fast approaching! Here’s what Strumpets have been buying at the shop– 15 of the most popular items. To see them all, visit the Best Sellers collection at feralstrumpet.co.uk.

  1. Witches Ladder Bespoke Necklace.  Made to order based on your unique path, inspired by your story. 
  2. Old School Goth Glasses Chain Great to use with Sunglasses as well as regular specs or reading glasses! 
  3. Bronze Nahusha Hoops in 12g Delicate and luxe for stretched lobes.

  4. Aluminium Tesla Hoops in 4g Our largest hoops are still lightwieght and easy to wear through tunnels or bare stretched lobes.
  5. Nahusha hoops in aluminum. Minimalist hoops designed for stretched lobes or tunnels. 
  6. Aluminium Pennanular Brooch for bulky knits Perfect for chunky knits, this lightweight rustic brooch won’t weigh your stitches down!
  7. Mini Tesla Hoops, our most popular gauged hoop in a smaller diameter.  This is a great unisex design.  A totally wearable yet bold hoop!
  8. Patchwork Heart Necklace. One of my earliest necklaces, this long standing favourite is a testament to the survivor’s spirit. 
  9. Tribal Hoops This design is well loved amongst tribal belly dancers!  It has an ear wire for a regular piercing but also can be worn in stretched lobes through a tunnel.
  10. Triple Moon Goddess Necklace This Victorian Inspired piece pays homage to the triple moon and its correspondence to the triple goddess. 
  11. Pennanular Brooch in Bronze A lightweight brooch suitable for worsted or DK knits.  The bronze I used resembles rose gold.
  12. Druzy Geode Ear Weights Earth bling at its best– these ear weights are designed to be worn through stretched lobes.  They hand from Aluminum hoops and can be worn through bare piercings or tunnels.
  13. Worry Ring Made to order in your size in either copper or sterling silver, these look wonderful when stacked, as they thread together.
  14. Morrigan Glasses Chain A shorter version of my Old School Glasses Chain, this one has Celtic Knot accents and Moody Czech glass instead of skulls.
  15. Witches Moon Earrings. These glorious, pentagram adorned statement earrings are relatively new to the shop, but are flying out the door!

A new Logo for Feral Strumpet

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Meet the new logo for Feral Strumpet, created by Alaura of Desnoir. After seeing the work she did for Black Moon Cosmetics, among other brands, I knew she was the woman for the job!  After giving Alaura some ideas she was able to create this design which is medieval, gothic and also based on some of my best selling designs, the Nahusha hoops and Pennanular brooches as well as the Worry Ring. She created the perfect design on the first version– I love it and feel it encapsulates the mysterious, delicate and beautiful world of Feral Strumpet that I have created.  Alaura was a joy to work with and I recommend her highly.

While you are perusing Feralsturmpet.co.uk‘s new look, take a peek at the mighty shop update in the What’s New Collection!

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Boxing Day Treats at Feral Strumpet

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We are making room for new designs in 2017, and are busy filling up the Boxing Day Sale Section at feralstrumpet.co.uk.  Starting on Boxing day, you’ll find some old favourites there and many more new pieces– one offs and prototypes, all an additional 50% off with coupon code KANGAROO.  This offer is good from Dec. 26th-Jan. 2nd, 2016. (This offer can’t be combined with other coupons or offers and can’t be used retrospectively.)  Here’s a peek at just a few of the designs that will be on sale! boxing_square_text3 boxing_square_text5 boxing_square_text4 boxing_square_text2 boxing_assortment

It’s a Dark & Decadent Halloween at Feral HQ

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From now until All Hallows Eve, save 20% off all dark, decadent pieces in the Gothic Adornments collection at Feralstrumpet.co.uk.

It’s my favourite time of year, when adults can ask each other, “what are you going to be?” We don’t have many trick-or-treaters where I live, but I stock up on candy anyway.  As the veil thins, we honour our ancestors but also indulge in other delights– I always share some with them on my altar.

How are you celebrating this Samhain or Halloween?

 

Happy Birthday, Doctor Dee

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Magical objects said to belong to Dee, now housed together in the British Museum.
Magical objects said to belong to Dee, now housed together in the British Museum.

Today is the birthday of Doctor Dee, court magician and mathemetician to Queen Elizabeth the I.  My ambivalent fascination with Doctor Dee can be traced back to a single object– his scrying mirror in the cabinet of curiousities that is the Enlightenment Hall of the British Museum. During my monthly pilgrimages to the British Museum, I would always pay a visit to this most seductive of objects, desplayed beside a crystal ball and a pair of Enochian tablets– tools to decode the angelic language dee and Edward Kelley thought would be the key to communing with angels.

The Scrying Mirror Ring, made to order in your size at Feralstrumpet.co.uk
The Scrying Mirror Ring, made to order in your size at Feralstrumpet.co.uk

His angelic conversations were always conducted with Christian piety, perhaps sparing him from the witch trials rampant at the time. He had hoped the angels could help heal the very real spiritual rift left from the dissolution of the Catholic church and the new Church of England.

This is an exray of a painting of John Dee performing an experiment in front of Elizabeth I.  The exray reveals a circle of skulls at his feet.
This is an x-ray of a painting of John Dee performing an experiment in front of Elizabeth I. The x-ray reveals a circle of skulls at his feet.
Portrait of John Dee.
Portrait of John Dee.

We are left to wonder just what kind of magician was Dr. Dee? The newly revealed circle of skulls at his feet in the painting above– and that they were once painted over– speaks to this ambivalence. He was perhaps foremost a librarian– his library was the largest in England.  After six years abroad, advising monarchs in Central Europe, Dee returned to London to find his home and library vandalised and ransacked.  He was an imperialist, one of the early architects of the colonisation of America.  Perhaps its no wonder that this power object, his “devil’s mirror” was Aztec obsidian imported to England in the early 1500s. The coloniser and colonised are wedded in the deepest ways, but I digress.

The Scrying Mirror Chandelier Earrings at Feralstrumpet.co.uk
The Scrying Mirror Chandelier Earrings at Feralstrumpet.co.uk

Was the mirror even Dee’s? We only have Horace Walpole’s word on this. Fiction is often closer to the truth, and the stories we have inherited have already given shape to a shifting past.  In the iconic portrait of Dr. Dee, he seems to be contained in a round wonder cabinet, his black cap resembling his “devil’s mirror”, a black nimbus framing his head. His pointed beard, like the finger of a planchette aimed into the dark, asks us to decipher some secret at his heart.

Terry Pratchett, that true bard of the English soul, got it right– here we have a wizard of the Unseen University– and I a Granny Weatherwax wanna be, staring into the dark glass.

The Scrying Mirror Neckalce at Feralstrumpet.co.uk
The Scrying Mirror Neckalce at Feralstrumpet.co.uk