Fifteen years ago I bought the album ‘Diabolical Streak‘ from Projekt, the independent label shop. That was my travel ticket to the world of Jill Tracy and I have not looked back since then.
As the official bio goes, ‘Jill Tracy is a San Francisco-based singer/pianist/storyteller and “musical evocateur” who has garnered multiple awards and a passionate following for her beautifully chilling cinematic music, sophisticated lyrics, old-world glamour, and curious passion for strange tales’.
From my point of view, Jill Tracy is the diva of the dark cabaret genre. Her ‘musical seances’ are legendary, she has performed life in places like the haunting Mütter Museum and ‘Evil night together’, precisely a song extracted from ‘Diabolical Streak’, was featured in ‘The Final Symphony’ of Dexter (the successful serial killer drama series, yes).
I.- About Royal Couture
Royal Couture is an emerging high fashion company born to shake up the bridal and party fashion with its creations. Their clothing is characterised by the magic and refinement extracted from dance, opera, painting and the most acclaimed icons of the international Haute Couture. The essence of Romanticism and Art Nouveau distinguish garments that transform their wearers into the protagonists of an enchanted story to be remembered forever.
Using unique fabrics coming from distant places such as India or New York, so exclusive that turn the garments into unrepeatable works of art, Royal Couture makes daydream garments through handcrafted production in Spain. Extremely elegant and exclusive patterns, hand-sown embroideries and exquisite attention to detail are some of the identity signs of the brand.
Singularity in its purest state, isn’t it?
Yesterday Irene and I had the pleasure to attend the presentation of ‘El Dirigible’, the Steampunk novel written in Spanish language by Joseph M. Remesar and published by Dlorean Ediciones within their ‘Colección Tesla’ in 2013, at the Steampunk-themed bar Ithilien.
Joseph Remesar talked to the attendees about his career as writer, his sources of inspiration, the reception of ‘El Dirigible’ and its multicultural approach, etc. Let’s remember that this novel has been nominated to the Ignotus Prize 2014 by the Asociación Española de Fantasía, Ciencia Ficción y Terror (AEFCFT)
I have to say that the talk was really enjoyable and having the opportunity to meet Mr. Remesar and his charming wife Mónica was a real pleasure. We look forward to the release of the sequels of ‘El Dirigible’ in 2014 and 2015!
We have been supporters of Morbid Anatomy for some years now, even pledging to crowdfunding campaigns like the one dedicated to the outstanding Morbid Anatomy Anthology. We feel that a project like The Morbid Anatomy Museum will awake your interest, are you ready to explore the intersections of art and medicine, beauty and death?
As you will probably remember, on 14th February we published a blog post entitled ‘Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2014’. This blog post had three objectives: announcing that the nominations were open, sharing with you international people and projects we believe in and, last but not least, asking for your support (as this year there is a ‘Best Jewelry Designer’ category). To be honest, the results could not be better. Why am I saying this? Because 15 out of the 32 nominations we suggested have succeeded and the icing of the cake is that we are among them!
Art Donovan Design, Boston Metaphysical Society, Brumas del Alba, Diana M. Pho, Duendelirium, Factoría Goggles, El Costurero Real, El Investigador, Ithilien, Kevin Steil (aka Airship Ambassador), MADLAB, Marcus R. Gilman, Sam Van Olffen, Suna Dasi… these are some of the people and projects we are honored to support and we invite you to learn more about them.
It is your turn, let your voice be heard and choose your preferred nominees, we hope to be among them with our Machinarium Collection. For the full list of nominations click over here, the voting phase runs through 22nd April. Time to vote (and you can do it here), thank you so much for your support!