Steampunk Hands Around the World 2015 – Our Playground, Our Classroom, Our Workshop – Part 3

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”  – Leo Tolstoy

In this final part of the blog trilogy for #SteampunkHands, I’d like to introduce you to a few of the members who have been inspired to create! So, for your enjoyment and in no particular order, meet the Tribe:

~ Louisa Doak, Illustrator ~

Mother of Rhuk by Louisa Doak

Mother of Rhuk by Louisa Doak

“I came across the Aether Nomads through the fascinating Navigatrix about a year ago, and have enjoyed playing there since. As an illustrator, I always love the challenge of a complex character, and what appeals to me about working with the Aether Nomads tribe is the chance to work with living characters, not confined to a static existence on the page. It makes the illustrative process very collaborative, I can tease out details with a quick email to develop into features of the illustration.”

The Navigatrix among the Aether Nomads by Louisa Doak

The Navigatrix among the Aether Nomads by Louisa Doak


~ Empire Edibles ~  created a spicy, mocha hot chocolate blend, available as a solid stir into hot milk version, or a tinned powder. It was delicious and I’m sad to say that food laws prevented it being sold outside the UK…


Empire Edibles


~ Amanda Gray of Lady Gray’s Emporium ~


“The Nomads travel through time and cultures, so it seemed natural to land myself in Morocco when it came to my contribution to the project. When one thinks of the art of tea, Britain is often conjured, perhaps even Japan. But the Maghreb region of North Africa is positively RICH in tea ceremony. To me, Steampunk is largely about immersing oneself in history, fantasy and daydreams all at once and this philosophy is one I tried to capture in my Moroccan Mint tea. Upon tasting, I wanted to take my guest on a journey through the aether and into the bustling streets of Marrakesh and Moroccan tea houses. This spirit of exploration is at the heart of the Aether Nomad project.”


downloadLady Grays Emporium


~ Josué Ramos, author ~

“My name is Josué Ramos and I am a writer, editor and steampunk from Spain.
After the first Steampunk Hands I learned a lot about multicultural Steampunk and how we writers can develop Steampunk in my culture and my country; but I also learned about Steampunk in other countries and cultures.

Since this last year, I am very interested in pushing the boundaries of Steampunk (Steampunk outside England or the Old West. In exotic places. Even in a lost colony at the other side of the universe). I think we should escape from clichés; so, I started to do it in my writings; and one of the best ideas came from the Aether Nomads Project.

I found a lot of inspiration thanks to The Navigatrix and the other members of the group, who post photos, drawings, pieces of text…I work with the group translating the most important announcements and documents to Spanish. But my first contribution was a novella: “Illusions”. It tells the story of Lidia, a Spanish girl from 1880 who lost her only child. After that, she found a young lost boy from the Aether Nomads tribe. A good friend of mine is working on translating it to English. In the meantime, I will try to publish it here in Spain. Wish me luck.”

(Good luck, Josué!)


~ Maharaj Neel Bhaga Singha aka Blue Millenium, Artist ~

Maour Devi by the artist BlueMillenium

Maour Devi by the artist BlueMillenium

‘Maour Devi, the Goddess of Victory, appears only to those who are seeking for Truth, showing the path towards new quests to our Aether Nomad adventurers.’

“Soaking in the Steampunk universe even before it bore this name, I am an illustrator specialising in ‘coffink’ and ‘teank’, the only inks capable of bearing the journey between the dimensions and my transformation into Tiger form (but that’s a story for another day).

Maharaj Neel Bhagha Singha

Maharaj Neel Bhagha Singha, image courtesy of Tenhaku Photographie

I put forward Indianity and Oriental Vaporism generally and participate in the development and the understanding of the movement through Chitra Event.”

Blue Millenium :

Chitra Event:


~ Sarah Chernik, cosplayer and writer

Sarah Chernik as Farukka

Sarah Chernik as Farukka

Sarah Chernik of Canada has been featured in the latest issue of Ladies of Steampunk magazine. She is a cosplayer, tribal bellydancer and writer. Her short story, ‘The Imuhagh Necklace”, is now available to read on the official Aether Nomads blog:

~~~~~From My Personal Tribe ~~~

Rhuk Gliders

Rhuk Gliders

~ My husband surprised me with this drawing of the Rhuk Gliders, an aspect of the Aether Nomads’ identity, which was his original idea. This concept, that beyond the various airships of the Cloud Caravan were a protective flock of giant birds, with tribe members slung beneath in Faraday cage harnesses. There is more to this developing idea and you are most welcome to join the tribe and help to further the story!


~ Matt Inkel of ArcaneArmoury

Aether Nomad inspired crossbow design by ArcaneArmoury

Aether Nomad inspired crossbow design by ArcaneArmoury

I was delighted to receive this wonderful little crossbow as a gift, made by my brother Matt. (My inner child was delighted to discover that it also fires Nerf™ darts!) The arms spring out from a folded position upon pressing the catch. I must admit that I’d been badgering him to make an Aether Nomad item for a while but he has been rather busy. There is an #ANProject idea in the pipeline, but in the meantime, he will happily take commissions.

Finally, I just have to introduce you to ~ The Scamp.

The Scamp

The Scamp

Yes, this is our dear little Cogling! She has created her own character, who comes from a dimension called OddLand, is ‘half girl, half robot and half rat’, has a mechanical dragon and gets her powers from coconut juice. She was, apparently, discovered by the Aether Nomads and delivered to the care of the crew of ‘The Unpronounceable’ (of which my character is the navigatrix). I’m so happy to have my family be a part of this adventure, too!

Toward the future

We are looking to establish Aether Nomad tribes (groups) in various countries, led by active, enthusiastic and reasonably organised group members who would have the title of  AN Ambassador. Before this can really take off though, the admin are working towards a more comprehensive Foundation document, explaining the key concepts and making sure that the Aether Nomads stay firmly in the realm of Steampunk.

Perhaps one day we will have small groups of Nomads attending conventions and setting up tea tents; graphic novels featuring appearances or perhaps solely focussed on their adventures; tribal bellydance troupes performing using this as a theme; all kinds of handmade costume and accessories available; short stories; music. Oh yes, please, let there be music.

We would love to hear from you – your feedback, your ideas, your questions.

May your travels reveal the treasures within….

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