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Original Paintings & Steampunk Jewellery
created by
Rainey J Dillon
CALL BY TO VIEW MY WORK AT Lwr.Ground Floor Studio The Josie Baggley                              Company -The Ferocious Mingle 60 Camden Street Dublin 2
The Josie Baggley Artist Studios are now open at 60 Camden Street Dublin 2. We have EIGHT lovely spaces available within the The Ferocious Mingle building at 60 Camden Street. Artists would have their own private studio and access to a private movie theatre and venue area (open to the public only at wk/end open days) )  where exhibitions/display may be organised and extra work room availed of. Artists can also enjoy the relaxed vibe of Oscar Verne's Coffee-Bar in the retail part of the building..  For further information please call in to The Josie Baggley Company at The Ferocious Mingle at 60 Lwr Camden Street and ask to speak with Rainey 086 2219463

Mighty Minerva The Navigator
~The Sunday Business Post~
April 15th 2012 by Lisa Brady

Rainey J Dillon

Exploring the past doesn't have to mean stagnating there - as proved by the resurgence of subcultures spawned by nostalgia. One such trend, steampunk, mixes elements of Victorian life with fantasy and science fiction.Steampunk, so called because it centres on a time when steam was a major source of power, features futuristic innovations based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style and art."It's a fantasy on being back in the Victorian era: you're looking forward to the future but you've got extras, so you're contemplating life in a different way," says Rainey Dillon, who first became interested in the genre in the late 1980s after reading science fiction works by Jules Verne and HG Wells.

She incorporates the concept into her art and jewellery-making - vintage pocket watches and pendants with collectible dolls inside, about a quarter-inch in height.Encased in glass and pewter or hanging as talismans are tiny ruby slippers and stars; mechanical monkeys, geckos and clockwork rabbits. Bird wings and old springs and bolts are inset against glitter, antique lace, paper or pearls. Her paintings are reminiscent of a Tim Burton production - with monocle-wearing gorillas, mustachioued bunnies and Christ depicted as a "Honey Boy".The look is sometimes grotesque, sometimes controversial, but always thought-provoking. "Words are important to me, so I might use one word in an old font, or an antique typewriter key for the initial of someone's name," she says. "I use antique wallpaper - some from as far back as the 1890s in my art - falling apart but beautiful. I've made wedding set pendants for brides and grooms too."

Dillon says that over the last couple of years, the interest in steampunk has increased in the capital; before that, "no one had ever heard of it"."There's always been a vintage community in, say, Temple Bar in Dublin, but today the trend is huge - it's almost in danger of being mainstream," she says. She brought her own vintage business, the Josie Baggley Company, around markets over Dublin for almost ten years until finally the time was right to set up on her own territory.
Today, in the Ferocious Mingle , set up by Dillon and Eamonn Mooney last November, traders and shoppers indulge in the fantastical. "Generally, 'fancy' guys don bow ties, lacy shirts, top hats, bowlers, then you have the Disney steampunk ones who wear goggles and carry laser guns. The girls wear fancy gowns, boas, dress as fairies, clowns, in burlesque . . . anything goes," says Dillon, who dresses in vintage most of the time.

"The market has a 1920s feel to it. We play black and white films and old music, and independent chalets all sell vintage or vintage inspired goods."

No longer perceived as jumble junk, vintage markets are now where savvy fashion-conscious meet and purchase. The reason why people today are enamoured with markets, Dillon thinks, is because secretly everyone loves finding a little treasure.

"There's an element of luxury, when you know no one else is going to have the same thing. I recently bought a 1930s gold clutch, lined in silk with a jewelled kiss lock, hand stitched, for 20 quid. And you don't just get a product, you get a history attached to it, the extravagance of the time, the craftwork of the time. It makes you feel special, and everyone wants to feel special, especially in this day and age."

 Lwr.Ground Floor Studio
~The Irish Times Magazine~
March12, 2011 by Tara Brady
Link To Master of Steampunk Article
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