Steampunk Tribune | December 31, 2010
As I make my way toward the evening’s celebration with my bottle of Kraken Dark Spiced Rum (yess!), I wanted to wish all those who have taken a moments of their time to stop by the Steampunk Tribune a Happy New Year and a Prosperous 2001!
Steampunk Magazine | December 31, 2010
Wishing everyone exciting and safe New Year’s Eve adventures, and a wonderfully epic 2011!
<3 Katie and the rest of SPM
Steampunk Workshop | December 30, 2010
What are you up to for New Years? I may be dropping by the Abney Park Show in Seattle:
The event is 21+ Doors open at 8
$30 in advance, $35 at the door Tickets are avalible online at Abney Park's website
@ STUDIO SEVEN: 110 south horton street, seattle, wa
Please feel free to post other interesting steampunk / maker hacker events for new years in the comments.
Fire dancing video from Abney Park's End of the World Show after the cut
Steampunk Tribune | December 30, 2010
Came across a piece written about Steampunk in the Christian Science Monitor about Steampunk. A even-handed piece, unlike hatchet jobs by other media outlets (*cough* NPR *cough*), it presents a well thought-out and encouraging view into the genre. I can’t say that I agree with all of the statements in the article (e.g. I would believe that the genre’s roots go back a bit farther than the Wild Wild West), but the interviews with Steampunk notables (e.g. Mr. Jake Von Slatt (the Steampunk Workshop), Mr. Jeff Mach (from the Steampunk World’s Fair), Mr. Patrick Berry (from the League of Victorian Imagineers)) provide a bit more insights into Steampunk for the non-Steampunk population. Do consider paying it a visit and judge for yourself its merits – the piece is located at: http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Arts/2010/1229/Steampunk-The-new-Goth/(page)/3
The Artificers Club | December 30, 2010
Hello all. This is “OTTO”. It’s is one of my latest designs. Since I create illuminated objects, I’m always at the mercy of the store-bought incandescent bulbs that are commercially available. It’s never easy to work a standard bulb into a design especially since the bulbs are so dull and recognizable. I try to locate the most unusual bulbs and they’re getting more difficult to find. To address this, I have begun modding the bulbs themselves. Here I cut away the round, glass envelopes on the CFL bulbs. These bulbs have unusually small spirals and I found them to be very attractive. I also added brass coverings on the bases and industrial porcelain sockets. Thank you for looking.
Artist: Art Donovan – http://www.donovandesign.blogspot.com
The Artificers Club | December 30, 2010
I thought I’d brave the choppy waters and start us off by posting the first creation to the club.
“The Tezlar Device – Created for the performance based sideshow act, the Electric sisters, the device allows high voltage currents to be passed through both sisters in a ‘shocking’ dual electrocution.”
The device was created for a photo shoot featuring Scott Chalmers (photographer) http://www.flickr.com/photos/scottchalmers, Azadeh Brown (Model) http://www.modelmayhem.com/571454 and Layla Gordon (model) http://www.facebook.com/LaylaGordon
Artisit: James Richardson-Brown – http://www.sydeiancreations.com
Steampunk Tribune | December 29, 2010
It isn’t often that a I see a product which solicits a “WOW” reaction, but “The Kraken” rum is certainly one! Just in time for the New Year, the Kraken spiced black rum (“Put a Beast in your Belly”), is unique, as I haven’t indulged (or at least remember in indulging) in any black spiced rum, but the company’s marketing department has done an outstanding job in extrapolating the mythos behind the Kraken of lore.
(Chapter One of Three)
(Chapter Two of Three)
(Chapter Three of Three)
In addition to these amazing works / informative videos, their website has a plethora of themed items, so I would certainly recommend a visit to it, and perhaps order a few of their beautiful items (along with a few bottles of rum)! For more information, please visit: http://www.krakenrum.com/
(A thanks to IO9 for their heads up on this delicious beverage!)
Steampunk Tribune | December 29, 2010
The Transcendent Ecclectiscope, by Dr. Grymm
A bit behind on my postings, but a bit ago, Dr. Grymm forwarded some very interesting information regarding a new Steampunk permanent display at the Cosmopolitan resort in Las Vegas
. His works, the Transcendent Perceptiscope
and the Transcendent Ecclectiscope
, are unique examples of creativity in expressing a Steampunk aesthetic, especially for those not familiar with the genre.
The Cosmopolitan Resort is known to promote art which is both cutting edge and technologically based. While Steampunk isn’t exactly the “cutting edge” of art (one might say it could be the opposite – more retrospective), its certainly good to see Steampunk works displayed on such a well-traveled venue – a harbinger for Steampunk in 2011? One can only hope!
A video production of Dr. Grymm’s exhibit!
Based on the video above, the work looks amazing! To learn more details about Dr. Grymm’s latest endeavor, please visit his entry at his website here
, then take a moment to explore his further works at his main web address: http://www.drgrymmlaboratories.com/
Steampunk Magazine | December 28, 2010
This is officially my favorite news story of the day: It tells about an all-female London gang that existed from as early as the 1700s to the 1950s, pulling enormous shoplifting heists and beating up anyone who invaded their turf.
“Dressed in specially tailored coats, cummerbunds, muffs, skirts, bloomers and hats sewn with hidden pockets, they mounted raids on London’s West End shops, where they plundered goods worth thousands of pounds. … They became so well known in London that panic erupted when they were seen near high-class shops.”
Check out the whole thing here. It’d make great inspiration for a story, I think!
The Steampunk Librarian | December 28, 2010
Once again, many thanks to everyone who participated in the steampunk book giveaways of 2010! Perhaps we'll have more for you in 2011.
New Year's Eve brings out the steampunks, it seems; Euchronia will be holding its amazing biennial event in Australia, while LADEAD rings in the new year with a Prohibition-era theme.
Space Collective celebrates "the future of everything" regardless of the year!
A new issue of Steampunk Tales is out, huzzah.
And lastly, please take a look at the MultiCam Western Canada Tech Center, in all its gear-filled goodness.
Steampunk Tribune | December 27, 2010
The TP Barracuda, a concept art project by Mr. Michael Sormann
During Boxing Day, I received an email from Mr. Ed Ross regarding a unique endeavor he has set himself to complete. His project, a scaled model of the TP Barracuda (pictured above), is an impressive endeavor of Steampunk craftsmanship and ingenuity, with very impressive attention to detail on the small, yet integral parts of the project.
The Barnum’s Dream, by Mr. Ed Ross
Such a project is an impressive endeavor to undertake, and would require an extensive detailing to explain all of the work involved in this project! Fortunately… Mr. Ross has a blog which not only highlights the mechanical gymnastics involved with this beauty, but the thought process involved in creating the Barnum’s Dream. To learn more, I most heartily recommend a venture to his blog, located at: http://arteros1.blogspot.com/
Steampunk Workshop | December 26, 2010
Just look at it.
I'm spending my holiday getting ready for my Scarf-a-Day project, which means lots of looking at lots of fabric and sewing machines. I've thus far just been using a 1940's singer, but I think it's time for a change, and I want a machine that can do different stitches.
In my research I ran across this beauty: The Singer Slant-o-Matic 500 Rocketeer. No joke, that's what it's called. I immediately fell in deep machine-love, but I've learned my lesson and decided to do some more research. Turns out, the Rocketeer is kind of interesting- not only is all metal gears, it's only gears and no timing chain at all. Like a lot of sewing machines from this era, you change your stitch shape by using different shaped metal cams. Again, this machine does something different- there's a stack of cams, and you can select multiples to customize stitches.
Ok, that's enough blabbing. Unfortunately, he's made his videos un-embedable, so check out the sweet action, over on BrianSewes.