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Ada Lovelace Steampunk tribute at Zahira's Boudoir PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 22 March 2010 11:50



Here at the Boudoir I have been very inspired by the Steampunk movement. Just imagine what our world would look like if the computer revolution had really taken off in victorian times. If the Difference Engine had taken off. Ada Lovelace would be a name that everybody would know. This woman is the mother of computer programming, this is the start. having read her story i wanted to pay tribute to this remarkable woman, who not only was a great mathmatician but a mother and lady of high society. This Leather Corset and Shoulder Harness I call " The Queen Of Engines". A reference to William Gibson and Bruce Sterling character in there book "The Difference Engine". A mixture of Patent Leather and Brass, the front reminding me of the front grill of a car engine. I would like to think that Ada herself would have worn something like this to a ball. it is just sad that few people remember this woman, but then it is not that unusual for women to find that History seldom recognises us. ADA LOVELACE DAY IS 24th MARCH.

Winter at the Boudoir. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 November 2009 13:17

 I Guess it's time for a catch up. Its been an eventful summer and i can hardly believe another year is almost gone.

Zahira's Boudoir attended a fantastic event up in Lincoln, a very different find from the usual. Steampunk@the asylum was set in a beautifull location up by the castle.The weather was fantastic and every body there was polite ,well humoured and very inventive with their characters.I had read over the years a few Steampunk novels though i did'nt know thats what they were. And since we attended i have been collecting bits and pieces and am hoping to create my own character for next years event. This time the plan is to do whole weekend and go to the Ball.

Over the last 6 months we have been working alongside GK Designs developing some ideas that he as had. I am very excited by what we've come up with, there is taster picture on the home page,We cannot for the moment show the back which is stunning untill it is officially launched.


summer PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 20:45

The website is coming along nicely, but it seems to be such a lot of work and a steep learning curve, fortunately Idris is on the case. I do not understand HTML and  meta tacking whats that. I found it very hard to describe the work that we do. Yes it's Leather Work and i guess you could say i make Leather accessories but somehow i feel it does not describe it. When it comes to doing ones own website you have to place yourself in somebody else. What would they type into Google if they were looking to buy what i make. A friend suggested that Google likes the words gift and present but when you type that in are they looking for what i do? Who is my customer, what would they type in. there are so many words, how do i choose the right ones? I only know i make what pleases me, and it takes a lot of time and patience and my customers they appreciate this, but i would not like to define them by putting them into some kind of group genre because so many things cross over. What do we make? well there are the things you see on the website, there are the bespoke that you don't see and this ranges from things that are worn, theatrical items to beautiful carved bass Quivers and Guitar Straps. the versatility of leather work has so many applications and for me i always try no matter what it is, to make something that is as beautiful in quality ,design and as delicate and feminine as i can.

We had a lovely sunny weekend for the open studio event but was a little disappointed that London's Mayor, Boris Johnson could not attend due to the constraints of his diary one of my workshops but i did get a very nice message wishing us all the best. The event was part of The Story Of London. This was an event that used Art , Music and Architecture to Show the History and indeed the future of London. I found myself in an undefined area, I am an artist that uses the medium of Leather and by using traditional methods can not mass produce huge quantity. Leather a lost art yet London in fact the world owes so much to the industry and in this country very little remains. I have chosen to share my skills as well , To demystify the craft, by sharing the skills i have learnt others can take the craft into the future.

For those of you who are reading this in the North of England, we are going to be in Derby on 24th July at the Heresy n heelz event and maybe help us describe what it is we actually do!

Welcome Blog PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 31 May 2009 00:00

I would like to welcome everybody to the new Zahira's Boudoir website which will evolve over a period of time. In my blog I will be sharing my news, my views and current projects.

One of these current projects are the workshops I am running. I am offering the chance for you to come along to my Container City studio at Trinity Bouy Wharf and learn some new skills. I will be teaching you how to make some beautiful leather accessories that you will feel proud to have made yourself. So whether you are into the "Burlesque", "fetish", "Goth", "steampunk" or whatever your individual style is, I am sure you will be just as inspired as I am by the potential these new skills will bring you.

I am running one day workshops where you will make yourself a beautiful hand sewn all-leather corset, or a two days workshop where you can make yourself a painted leather corset. I will also be running bag making workshops where you can learn basic leatherwork and painting techniques.

Full full information and details please see Workshops.