Portia Dreadnought and her story have just been published in “Steampunk II: Reloaded”, an anthology of short stories and other wonderful things edited by Ann & Jeff Vandermeer. Check it out here:


To say that Portia Dreadnought was an angry child would have been a vast understatement. Despite her most privileged upbringing and the best education money could buy, the only child of the famous steamship robber baron, Porter Percival Dreadnought IV was, to be frank, an unmitigated terror. Oh, the tales servants could tell of finding exquisitely expensive dolls drowned in the Dreadnoughts’ vast aquarium, strangled by a length of ribbon torn from a ballet slipper. The shredded dresses, the dainty shoes found flushed down the loo – all earned Portia her always-whispered nickname: Satan’s Spawn. As might be expected, adolescence did not much improve matters. The only thing the budding Portia seemed to find interesting were her father’s ships. She’d wander around them for hours, fascinated by the complex architecture of their enormous engine rooms, their gothic arches and thrusting pistons more beautiful to her than any cathedral. And captivating, too, one would surmise, as evidenced by her habit of shucking her furs and skirts and wandering around the premises in the altogether, wearing only her top hat and a monocle she’d swiped from her father. Needless to say, the crew adored her – she was a lovely young lady – and when she began to make engineering suggestions as well as show an interest in piloting, no one was inclined to discourage her. And that is how the legendary Portia Dreadnought came to captain the fleet of luxury steamships that she alone inherited.

This 4” x 5” x ¾” original OOAK collage depicts Ms. Dreadnought undressing in one of her beloved engine rooms wearing her top hat and monocle and has been hand-printed, hand cut and hand assembled on a stretched hand painted gallery canvas. If features vintage images, vintage ephemera and is accented by German Dresden trim, a number of delicate silvery gears and two lovely etched pewter corners. I can attach hanging hardware upon your request – please send note when ordering. Signed on back.

This original artwork and story are copyright Ramona Szczerba 2008. Copyright to this material is in no way transferrable with the sale of this item. The buyer is not entitled to any reproduction rights – neither image nor story can be reproduced without my express written permission. Thanks!


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When Ramona Szczerba (a.k.a, Winona Cookie) is not being a psychologist in private practice in San Diego,she enjoys creating whimsical children’s illustrations in watercolor, but also loves working with collage and assemblage. Her artwork and short stories have appeared in several publications including The Steampunk Bible and can be seen at Originals available – check for availability.
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  • RobynLee
    RobynLeeover 3 years ago

  • Thanks for the feature, Robyn xoxox

    – WinonaCookie

  • Dwarkan
    Dwarkanover 3 years ago

    Great collage !!

  • Thanks!

    – WinonaCookie

  • AndyGii
    AndyGiiover 3 years ago

    This excellent. All the components fit together perfectly to tell a story

  • Glad you enjoyed it Andy :-)

    – WinonaCookie

  • Hotshots
    Hotshotsover 3 years ago

    I love the old feeling of this piece.

  • Thanks!

    – WinonaCookie

  • Belinda Leopold
    Belinda Leopoldover 3 years ago

    This would be great in our latest challenge! (Ladies Auxiliary) ;)

  • Done! Thanks :-).

    – WinonaCookie

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