Mme. Cardea, Time Traveler and Opener of Doors
Debuted: October 2008
My friends (my HCC girlfriends and even more friends) wanted to do a Steampunk group. We all came up with our own designs and personas. The more and more I thought about what my original character/design would be, the more it came clear to me that I had to make a time traveler, perhaps someone who had traveled with The Doctor! Steampunk seems like such a perfect match for Doctor Who!
I ended up choosing the name Mme. Cardea for my original character. It seems very fitting if you read up the mythology, doesn’t it? Cardea got her power from her lover Janus who is the god of doorways, beginnings and endings and could see into the past and the future. That’s pretty suitable for a nod to the Doctor, don’t you think? As to Cardea herself, she opens doors and is associated with the wind. “Her power is to open what is shut; to shut what is open.”
I figured my character would be a time traveling explorer and her outfit would have to allow for a lot of running! So I chose a mix of Victorian and Belle Epoche period jacket and split skirt. (Steampunk is Victorian.) Perhaps my traveler had a particular love for that period? As a side note, I know that the Doctor does not usually use a gun, but my character is not the Doctor.
The patterns I used were Truly Victorian TV405 1872 Vest Basque and TV299 1901 Split Skirt. All of this worn over my trusty Laughing Moon Silverado Victorian Corset.
I chose TARDIS blue for my jacket and pants color, and then used gold and cyan as accents as a nod to the interior of the TARDIS. I redrew the design from the Doctor’s fob watch in Human Nature and added some elements before embroidering it on the back of my jacket. I LOVE the fob watch design. Then I added some real cogs and rhinestones. The design on my jacket upper shoulder is rhinestones in the shape of the constellation Orion. You can see ORION a little better in this shot. The lower sleeve has an applique of one of the coral tardis columns, but again, no one really can tell.
I took one of the BBC Doctor toy FobWatches and painted it gold so it would match my costume better. The amazing wrist device is my TARDIS remote (which allows for my time traveling sans the Doctor) and was made by porkshanks!
Some of my other accessories are a bit of white coral (perhaps my growing TARDIS?), a gold resin gear heart necklace, glowing sand vial, glowing Okinawan glass, Borosilicate bead ring, and blue teardrop bead device necklace. The gun is a modded and repainted by me Nerf Maverick. My hair has an old clock face, some clock arms and a few gears.
A big reason for us doing these costumes was to do a shoot with Ed Pingol! We were so excited to get these shots back!