Steampunk Magazine | January 15, 2013
“It is better to be beautiful than to be good. But… it is better to be good than to be ugly.” -Oscar Wilde
…and with that I want to say hello to a new section to STEAMPUNK MAGAZINE, dedicated to ART, in all the forms that Steampunk can be, it is a visual genre as much as it’s Music and Literature. I have the distinct pleasure to bring youm from various corners of the Net, all the wonders done with Steampunk in it’s mind, ranging from Visual Arts, painting, pencils to Jewelry, Cosplay, and beyond.
If you’d like to feature your artwork on here, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mage Ingeneur | June 22, 2012
At last Sir Round-a-Sound is finished and sounds great! I plan on making a steampunk remote control, it works with a traditional remote….but I want a fancy one!
Mage Ingeneur | March 20, 2012
It’s not enough that I have so many things to finish I’ve now been asked to create an iPhonograph for an art exhibition called ‘from waste to art’. So…….this is what I have been working on. It has a 50 watt amplifier which I built from a kit, a 50 watt speaker under the embossed brass horn which can handle a 100 watts of power and to finish this off I am installing a tone control. The cradle takes an iPad, iPhone or iPod and charges them at the same time – enjoy! I am changing the black knobs on the front for nice gleaming brass ones!
Mage Ingeneur | March 4, 2012
I have been asked by so many people to create another iPhonograph that I’ve had to postpone my steampunk mouse. So here is my newest creation in the making, and believe me this one is BIG! I have to have this finished by the 20th March! I call this one the MEGAPHONOGRAM.
Silver Goggles | January 6, 2012
Some of you already know Monique Poirier, either from her Beyond Victoriana essay, or from Tumblr, or you know her from cons and stuff. So it seemed a pretty natural thing to get in touch with her for this series of steampunk POC interviews. I first met her at Steampunk World’s Fair 2010, and found her again through K Tempest Bradford’s musings about wearing steampunk fashion (Tempest said she couldn’t imagine wearing the usual corsets and bustle stuff, then point to Monique as wearing very wearable, everyday stuff). We occasionally chat late into the night, and when I first thought about doing a series of interviews with steampunk POC, it made sense to get in touch with her.
So without further ado, gentlefolk, I present, Monique Poirier:
I know you covered this in your BV essay, about how you come to start doing Native Steampunk, but how did you first get to know about steampunk? What were your impressions of it? Were you like me, as in the “it looks pretty but but but white people and colonialism” sort of way? Or were you a participant in your own way?
I first became aware of teampunk through costuming sometime 2008-2009, and when I came into it I wasn’t really involved in the non-European aspect. I originally loved steampunk for the pretty pretty clothes; not gonna lie, I am a sucker for lace and bustles and corsets and brass bits and top hats and waistcoats. I love cello music. I love clockwork. I was a goth in high school and college (this is what a Native steamgoth looks like). It hadn’t even occurred to me then to incorporate my ethnic identity into my costuming, or to even notice the colonialism aspect because I was so USED to being invisible as an NDN person, in whiteness and European identity being the only explored aspect, that the problematic white mono-culture aspects just seemed normal to me – but then I started reading about Steampunk online to dig for costuming ideas, and came across your articles at Tor, and started reading Beyond Victoriana, and generally thought more about incorporating my indigeneity into my Steampunk attire. After the Beyond Victoriana panel at the first Steampunk World’s Fair, where I (as an audience member) brought up the fact that colonialism effects NDN folks in that our colonizers never left, I was totally ready to make my outfits much more recognizably indigenous.