Sunday, October 25, 2009

Welcome to Steampunk

One thing I noticed during this year's birthday jaunt to my local Renaissance Faire was the infusion of Steampunk amongst the feathers, corsets and capes. I drooled, I envied and I was delighted by this fanciful addition to the various costumes. If you've never encountered Steampunk, just think Victorian England with a dash of gears, brass and mechanical hybrids. You can also read about it on Wikipedia HERE. I think this style is fascinating and such an intriguing artistic question begging to be explored and answered. I would love to share some fabulous Steampunk finds with you, an area filled with possibilities! I think if I were currently on a scrapping design team, I would so create a Steampunk challenge! lol


I love this custom made hat from Gypsy Lady Hats
(Actually all of the hats in this shop are amazing, give them a visit!)



Crystals add some much loved "Maggi Bling Need" on this necklace from A Second Time



Must have these goggles from Maelstromme's



This sculpture from Reclaim2Fame is stunning!



And this gorgeous ensemble from Silver Leaf Costumes *Note, listing is for corset only*
(Believe it or not, this is the EXACT outfit I saw at the Faire that sparked my interest! How funny to find the seller randomly online...go go Gadget Internet! lol)


I could keep listing Steampunk beauties forever and I hope I've given you some new things to read and learn about. (Hint: do a Google image search for "Steampunk laptop"...trust me on this one) Steampunk incorporates so many elements (vintage, technology, distressing, metal, textiles, etc etc etc) that I can literally hear the creative brains out there smoking from all of the possibilities, I know mine is! lol :D

Coming up this week are some more vintage family photos and videos by the barrel full! Have a great Sunday everyone!

36 comments:

Kathie @ my net finds said...

I'm so glad you posted this to explain it, I've been wondering what "steampunk" was! :-)

naveen said...

i like ur post lovely images
each and evry image has some specaily , its so beautiful

floreta said...

how cool! i like ren fairres!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!!! these are just amazing! :):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Cynthia at A Shimmy in My Spirit said...

Steampunk. Who knew? Love it...especially the hat! Does this carriage qualify?

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_4-XD42sZS3U/Sk6pk76GzFI/AAAAAAAAAxg/AeKArBsNd8Y/s1600-h/ArtFestival5.jpg

Jocelyn said...

LOVE this post and I am off to GOOGLE IT!!!! :-)

Julie Ranae said...

Maggi...Hope you don't mind that I share these couple of things with your followers...one of the DT's on I am on just featured a steampunk set, so the first link is one of my interpretations:

http://juliesopenwindow.blogspot.com/2009/08/wait-is-finally-over-hop-on-in.html

I just LOVE Steampunk...there is an entire community out there as well as it's very own monthly publication.

Also...if you check out this link, you will see my friend from the U.K, Sarah's interpretation as well:

http://sarahanderson1.blogspot.com/2009/10/play-date-cafe-is-officially_22.html

Danielle said...

Dude, steampunk is hot, but you need to put a disclaimer on the top where you tell people to vote for toot. She doesn't have 946 votes, because trying to get an account, and crap is a 2 hour ordeal, just to find out that someone has that same email, and i should sign in. WTF!!

i will try again later. I WAS going to vote for the pic in her t-shirt, the second one! I love that face!!

NicNacManiac said...

These are amazing Maggi, I've just also realized that the steampunk revolution is upon us and I love it! Thanks for sharing!! xOxO

Carmen said...

I loooooove that top hat! I googled the laptops! Whoa! I'd be to scared to use them in case I broke them ;) They are yum though.

Sarah Anderson said...

I'm intrigued by steampunk too. And just to make you jealous, I'm going to the first Steampunk Art exhibition in Oxford on Tues :) Going with my kids in half term, they're all interested too. Will post pics on my blog if I can take them
http://steampunkmuseumexhibition.blogspot.com/

Blondie said...

Wow! What amazing images. I love, love, love that hat. I wish I could afford it right now! Beautiful post! Kori xoxo

Tracey said...

Great items.. love the dress at the end.. would wear that anytime! Love your post and good luck to TOOT!!

Tracey said...

Great items.. love the dress at the end.. would wear that anytime! Love your post and good luck to TOOT!!

Gingeyginge said...

Gr8 post , have a good week...

Madeleine Miranda said...

I like it! Very avant-garde!

Melissa said...

Funky stuff!!!

roostreehouse said...

Hi timely this is! I just discovered steampunk recently an am absolutely fascinated by it...

and your go go gadget internet made me CRACK UP. Funneee.

PS today was my mommy Goddess' birthday-see? Fabulous women are born in october (or may. ahem. not mayhem. just may. cough cough)

Jamie the Smarty Pants said...

WOW all of the stuff looks yummy. I don't think I could've resisted any of it!!!! Good Luck on the Baby Gap Contest :) I wish I had known about it :( I voted :) Hugs
Jamie

P.S. Thank You for your wonderful comments :D

Lemondrop Marie said...

Best post I've read in forever, this so explains every part I didn't quite get and helped me shop for a new hat at the same time. Lovely.

Dustjacket Attic said...

That hat is SO cool, love it.
xxx

yyam said...

These are really cool pictures! Glad I'm not the only one who didn't know about Steampunk! :)

Have a beautiful week Maggi!

vvb32 reads said...

great post. thanks for sharing this steampunk stuff. love it.

Jackie said...

Awesome post...and thanks for sharing such cool pictures!

Callista said...

thanks for sharing the cool Steam Punk pics, I've been a fan for about 3 or so years now. Even have a costume in the works. Walter painted me some goggles and modified a nerf gun that he painted for me as well. Still working on the actual clothes though. It was HUGE at comic con 2 yrs ago in San Diego and I went to a couple of panels. Flickr has some great steam punk groups as well. Woowee! I love Steam Punk!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Steampunk is amazing! I can't say as though I've worn anything that quite fit the genre before, but given the chance, I'd do so in a heartbeat. It combines my loves of goth and Victorian styles in a such a hip and off-beat way.


Wishing you a marvelous week ahead, honey - happy countdown until Halloween!
♥ Jessica

certifiedpaperfreak said...

hi
happy late birthday. that's my daughters b-day too. i hope you had a great one.

i loved the Leia Buns on you. wasn't that so much fun?

your daughter is such a cutie.

hope you have a great week.

certifiedpaperfreak said...

hi
happy late birthday. that's my daughters b-day too. i hope you had a great one.

i loved the Leia Buns on you. wasn't that so much fun?

your daughter is such a cutie.

hope you have a great week.

http://afancifultwist.typepad.com said...

I Loooooooove steampunk!! So fab!

And guess what? I registered and kept making mistakes, but I finally got in and voted for your super cutie, YAY! ;)

laterg8r said...

super cool and totally different - TFS!

i already have your snail mail addy so expect your "what goes around" giftie from me before xmas :D

Joanna Jenkins said...

I voted!!! Good luck.
xo

Miss Liz said...

If I only had an excuse to wear that top hat!

YSLGuy said...

I love steampunk. Its such an interesting concept, and is now getting to be a bit of a culture. Lots of people dressing up, movies, manga etc being made focused on steampunk

Dad.. said...

Whoah.. that Gypsy Hat is Killer!! I love it!

Mo said...

never heard of it...but i like it!!! that costume is awesome! wowza!

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

Steampunk at a Ren Faire? That seems...odd. Of course I've never been to a Renaissance Faire so I have no idea what I'm talking about!

I'm a closet steampunk fan. :) Shhh don't tell. Haha!