About me

My name is Tempest (yes really) and while I live in London, my heart still lives in the lovely city of Johannesburg, South Africa, where I was born. An Austrian women’s magazine described me as “am Tag Studentin, in der Nacht Künstlerin.” That’s because I’m an engineer but I also try my hand at art and design.

Once someone found this blog by Googling “purchasing real alligator heads” which must have been very disappointing, because this is actually where I share my drawings, recipes, money-saving tips, photos of the way I’ve decorated my apartment, my travels, adventures with Mr Zissou, cycling advice, and thoughts on life in London and South Africa. Probably my favourite thing to share are my crafts and  DIY projects, which have made it onto the front page of Design Sponge and Pinterest, been translated into German and featured in makezine.com and a Feedly advert!

When a 7 year-old girl asked me where I bought my outfit from, I knew I had the fashion credentials to start blogging about what I wear. I love any excuse for fancy dress, believe that comfy shoes are a must, gold goes with everything, life is too short for ironing, and that bright red lipstick looks good on everyone. I believe that regardless of your body size and fashion rules you should wear whatever makes you feel happy.

The name Ellomennopee (pronounced “LMNOP”) comes from the way I sang the alphabet song  when I was a child and thought that five letters were one. I can trace a lot of my interests which I blog about now to my childhood, from watching Inspector Gadget (a cartoon about a cyborg detective who uses gadgets to solve mysteries) and wanting to be and “inventor”, to reading books about making my own toys, and playing fancy-dress. Congratulations for finding Ellomennopee because it’s not easy to type!

I have a degree in Biomedical Engineering and a degree in Electrical Engineering, and I came to London to do my PhD in Bioengineering, so you can call me Dr Ellomenopee. I hope to inspire young women to consider careers in science, engineering and technology, and I sometimes write about women in science and engineering on this blog.


Other than that? I’m really good at spotting abandoned jewellery on the floor. I try to see the inside of as many historical buildings in London as possible and sometimes attend events solely for this purpose. Nutella is to me what blood is to a shark: my friends know that I can sense it at extremely long distances and it sends me into a feeding frenzy. I see Use By dates on food as a dare. I’m a sucker for close harmonies. Highlighter/pen in textbooks really bothers me. If I were a piece of jewellery I would be a pair of Victorian hummingbird earrings. I like to lie in hot laundry when it comes out the drier. Other things I love: Microsoft Sam, factories and production lines, dollhouse miniature food, toile du jouy, post-apocalyptic dystopia films and horror B-movies. You can read more random facts about me in this interview.
  1. Is “Tempest” a common name in South Africa? How did you get it? No, it’s unusual everywhere I go. Let’s just say my mother is an artist and she came up with it; she named me after a friend of my grandmother.
  2. What is an engineer? Before engineering became a profession in the industrial revolution, engineers were called inventors. Nowadays people with an engineering degree (usually 4 years minimum) use science and mathematics to design incredibly cool things such as your phone, computer, car and pretty much everything you use in life.
  3. What is Bioengineering? Do you make prosthetic arms? Prosthetic arms and more! Bioengineering is a multidisciplinary field which uses the problem solving skills of engineering to advance healthcare. It is often cited as the fastest growing job market in the world. Examples of bioengineering applications include: robots that can be controlled with the eyes or brain for quadriplegics; artificial organs, stroke rehabilitation machines; materials that can be implanted in the body, machines which help surgeons see what’s going on inside the body, and  finding better ways to discover pharmaceuticals and diagnose disease.
  4.  Are there many women in your field? No, in the UK where I study, only 13% of engineering undergraduates are female and after studying many of them change careers so that only 6% of professional engineers are women.
About copyright and photos
All photos are taken by me on my Nikon D3100 (18-105 mm/50 mm lens), compact digital camera, iPhone 4S or on film, unless an alternative source is stated. If I’ve credited one of your images incorrectly or you’d like me to take it down, please let me know.You may use my images for non-commercial purposes as long as you credit them to Ellomennopee and link them back to this site.

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