I recently worked at the Armageddon Pop Culture Expo, and when I could, I managed to duck out and experience all the awesomeness that makes Armageddon so much damn fun. As well as people watching (cosplayers, fannish types, wrestlers, oh my!), I always make an effort to visit the talented local crafty types that exhibit at local cons here in Australia (I don’t know if this is common elsewhere in the world, but it is certainly a welcome addition in amongst all the nerdery!).
One brand that caught my eye was Jubly-Umph, the Melbournian brain child of the talented Tasha Joy. It’s certainly not uncommon to find tattoo art these days – Ed Hardy, I’m watching and mourning you – but it is uncommon to find tattoo art that is fresh, not derivative and not covered in a spewing of sequins (Ed Hardy, still watching you). Jubly-Umph’s designs are all that and more – hyper-feminine with an edge, with intricate detailing and a dash of steampunk and geekery for good measure. I was smitten.
I managed to restrain myself – I’ve gotten very good at asking/getting people to ask me “can you take this with you to Tokyo?” – but my very, very well-used Vivienne Westwood purse is in dire need of replacement, which I was going to do once in Japan. In the interim, I wanted something bigger, with more placement for cards and cash – and I couldn’t say no to this. I mean, I’m not normally into steampunk et al, but it pretty much had a picture of me printed on it, guys!
Stacks of room! The printing and overall quality is excellent, as is the detailing. The only qualm I had when I bought it was that the purse its self wasn’t “structured” – in that it’s quite soft, and floppy, due to being made with microfiber and other fabrics – but a month or so in to using it, I actually don’t mind at all. Basically, I’m pretty much in love with it, and was well worth the AU$29. You can purchase your own here: The Scientist Steampunk Wallet.
As well as a full range of earrings and purses, Jubly-Umph carries necklaces, the most gorgeous handbags you’ve ever seen, cardigan clips (yes, yes – oh my yes!), mirrors and brooches, as well as Tasha’s original prints and more. She’s also just started stocking iPhone cases – yep, I’ll have one of those, thanks!
Because I know you’re all dying to go purchase something, here is the link for Jubly-Umph’s store (and they ship worldwide). Get on it – you won’t regret it.