HarlansEmporium

Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre

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HarlansEmporium

Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre

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"Unusually Curious, Desirably Bizarre."

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Last updated on Apr 26, 2020

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"Unusually Curious, Desirably Bizarre."

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Jennifer and Cordelia

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About HarlansEmporium

Sales 709
On Etsy since 2014

In the beginning....

We started making jewelry ten years ago, as a fun way to create personalized Christmas and birthday gifts for family and friends. Looking back, it's fun to see how much our skill has grown and changed!

When we began, of course, we didn't have a "name." That came later, out of a mutual fascination with all things Victorian and steampunk. The Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre had a certain flair to it. Harlan's name was added later, in honor of Cordelia's father. Thus, "Harlan's Emporium of the Curious and the Bizarre" was born!

We have sold at farmers markets and Renaissance faires around Iowa, and we love to sell in person. We also love to meet up with people who have seen us in the past, and who have gotten to watch our reach grow and change as we become better artists and craftswomen.

Cordelia brings the artistic eye due to her classical training in pottery and oils. Jennifer, whose interests have always been fixed in the Regency and Victorian era, brings whimsy and a deep love of that time period. We have been best friends and partners in art for over fifteen years now, and can't wait to continue to grow our business!

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Our views on Steampunk:

To us, steampunk could be summed up as "Gears and a story." For every piece, we try to imagine the kind of outfit it would go with, the story of the character who might have possessed it before we offer it for sale. It's why we have names for most of our creations. There is an element of fantasy involved in each piece. Cordelia and Jennifer are both writers, and she is an artist as well, and so it comes naturally to us to tell a story as we work.

We do not believe Steampunk must be the same for everyone. Some people spend a lot of time making incredibly intricate working pieces that are period accurate yet functional, and we laud them for that dedication. That has never been our take on steampunk, however.

The Victorians loved incorporating elements from other cultures in a hodgepodge. Think about the decorative elements in Victorian homes. To us, Steampunk is a kind of exoticism. It would be in keeping with the Egyptian and Indian inspired art that became popular in Victorian times.

We believe that in a Victorian era powered by steam, even pieces which could not serve some mechanical function would still include a nod to the worldview of their creators. Jennifer came to steampunk as a researcher who was fascinated in the Victorian era, and this research into the mindset of the Victorians (their science, their art, their alchemy) tells us that this kind of behavior - incorporating parts without incorporating the whole - would be completely in keeping with that time period. Victorians are presented in most literature as being staid, dour. The Victorian Era however brought us science and alchemy, and while they didn't get everything right (perhaps they didn't get many things right), they informed the character of the world. They were daring, bold, and innovative. They were also convinced of their supremacy and willing to capitalize on the history around them.

Thus we have integrated those elements into our steampunk creations. We hope you can see the imagination and whimsy that goes into each "unusually curious and unspeakably bizarre" piece we create!

Shop members

  • Cordelia Martin

    Owner, Designer

    Artist and fan of all things steampunk.

  • Jennifer Coulter

    Owner, Photographer

    Writer and educator with a flair for the dramatic.

Production partners

  • wholesale mechanical watch distributor

    Baltimore, Md.

    LYMFHCH specializes in watch construction, from wrist to pocket watches, mechanical, battery powered, and digital. They are large scale producers of quality products.

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