Ellie Jo Vitesse West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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My name is Jodie Speed, I work under the name of Ellie Jo Vitesse. I am particularly interested in Steampunk and Victorian aesthetics in clothing, including Menswear and Womenswear, with a focus on corsets. Recently I have been working on incorporating beauty adornments into my work, such as false eyelashes.

I make a variety of outfits based around the Steampunk aesthetic, some of my work is very literal and uses a strong Victorian look to create pieces, such as corsets or Victorian tail coats. I also look at incorporating the Steampunk aesthetic in a subtle way, without being too costume based. Within my corset work I like to use a variety of materials and I am less focused on the structure of the corset and more on the mixing of fabric and materials. Lately I have been incorporating women's beauty adornments into my work, such as false eyelashes and hair extensions. I use these adornments on both menswear and womenswear. I am inspired by the work of artists such as Alexander McQueen and reading about the Victorian Era, both influences can be seen within my work to a certain extend. My current project includes adding Steampunk influences to my Wedding dress and Grooms suit ready for upcoming public steampunk events.

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Bound by 50 Lashes, Textiles with False Eyelashes, 2017

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Groom's 3 piece suit, Textiles, 2018

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Top Hats, 2018

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Previous projects

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Front Fastening Corset

01/11/2017 to 26/11/2017

I was commissioned by a fellow student to make a front fastening longer length corset so she could wear it to Howarth Steampunk Weekend.

leeds, Howarth Details

LAU Artfest

08/03/2018 to 12/03/2018

I entered 2 pieces into the International Women's day exhibition at The Brunswick. This was run by Leeds Arts Union and celebrating women, both as subject and artist.

The Brunswick, Leeds Details

Steampunk at the Asylum Festival 2018

23/08/2018 to 27/08/2018

Steampunk at the Asylum is the largest Steampunk festival in the world, a place where makers and artisans get together for a weekend and showcase their creations.

Lincoln, Lincoln Details

Groom's 3 piece suit & wedding dress

01/04/2018 to 26/07/2018

I made the Grooms 3 piece suit and augmented a traditional wedding dress to include steampunk elements.

Leeds Details

Top Hats

01/10/2018 to 20/11/2018

I have been exploring the use of women’s beauty adornments with popular steampunk accessories, in this case augmenting Top Hats.

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