Have You Met...Monday (#12): Kato
This far into my "Have You Met....? Monday" posts and NOW I do something purely Steampunk? Well, if I'm going to make you wait that long, it might as well be for Kato.
Kate Lambert - probably known more broadly as "Kato", or simply as "Steamgirl" - is hands down one of the more widely seen faces of the modern Steampunk subculture. As a model, fashion designer and all around handyperson, Kato embodies all of the DIY wonderfulness that makes Steampunk so appealing to so many of us.
Though originally from Wales, she's taken up residence (some say crash-landed) in the Portland area - and what a residence! She founded the company Steampunk Couture, an outlet for her cool fashion designs, inspired the look of the main character from Joe Benitez' Lady Mechanika, and has gone on to position herself as what I'm forced to describe as a fairly iconic figure in the Steampunk world. Frankly, she's kind of cool, and I'm not ashamed to admit that. Plus, she also plays the piano, and that's always been a rather endearing trait for me.
She's lately been doing more public appearances - most recently at Salt Lake City's SaltCitySteamFest and will next be hosting a whole room for her and her fellow Steampunk models at Seattle's Steamposium in September. Steampunk Posse? Dunno.
So there she is - go check her out - - um, but don't google her from a work computer. Just saying.