Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Inspiration: Steampunk

Today’s inspiration is Steampunk!

theory behind steampunk is that most of the inventions of the modern world could have been created using the technology available during the Victorian Era. They would have been larger, of course, and less efficient; creating the Internet using Babbage engines and the telegraph would be one such example. Lots of impossible yet usually plausible devices are prominent in steampunk. This follows directly in the traditions of HG Wells, Jules Verne, and other classic authors who gave us things like steam-powered time machines. As a result, an entire sub-genre of alternative history fiction, mixed with sci-fi, comes into play. The name "steampunk" is directly related to the term "cyberpunk"; in both, technology is greatly accelerated, and the huge gaps between the "upper class" and the "lower class" are made evident. Of course, the lower class begins to question this, rebels a bit, and the rest should have been history.” LINK

Here is a beautiful photograph by Kat Bret illustrating the essence of Steampunk:

Go to Kat Bret’s website to see more astounding Fashion and Fine Art Photography.

And check out this gorgeous “Steampunk Dalek Model, By Mr Holden
that I can’t stop staring at:

Stunning! For more things Steampunk visit the very informative Brass Goggles site.
You will be flabbergasted!

If you want to make some of your own Steampunk accessories, check out this funky project from The Steampunk Workshop

Make sure to stop by The Steampunk Workshop to see more amazing creations and tutorials by artist and fine craftsman Hieronymus Isambard "Jake" von Slatt.

Great inspirational stuff, right? What is better then the combination of art and science? To me, Steampunk is all about ingenuity and imagination; solving problems with new ways of seeing. Steampunk reminds us that invention is the key to originality. When many say there is nothing NEW under the sun, I still believe that we each have our own way of seeing the world, based on our life experience, history and imagination. The spirit of Steampunk gives us hope. With hard work and ambition one can figure out how to do things by themselves, leaving the rest to result in conformity and unoriginality. If everyone brought more of themselves to their creative experience, there would be a lot more truth to the resulting art. What we create should reflect who we are, how we think and what we are passionate about as individuals. True art is a piece of one’s mind, body and soul. If the art is sincere, it will be embraced.


Cyndi L said...

How funny! This is exactly the style that I've been exploring and experimenting with for a couple months now. I've got three new pieces ready to post on my website in a day or so :-) Sychronicity!

Exalted Beauty said...

That's great Cyndi!
I can't wait!!! :)