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Steampunk stuff

I've been pondering a number of steampunk related events, and wonder who might be interested.




Steampunk photoshoot

Much like recent glamourshoots - everyone get dressed up all steampunky and get pics taken, or, just come and take pics of those dressed up.

Goggle making workshop

I made my own steampunk goggles, and so can you! I would need to collect money for materials in advance for this one, so I don't go broke buying brass plumbing fittings. Depending on how many people were interested, I might need to find a bigger place than my living room to do this in.

Waistcoat making workshop

This one is really zingerella's idea; the basic premise being tht we all get together and learn how to make waistcoats.

Steampunk tea/dinner party

Get dressed up, and sit around eating and drinking in some mode.

Steampunk ball

Get dressed up, and dance! Rent some space somewhere, if we can get enough people, and be all anachronistically fancy.



I likely wouldn't try doing any of this until January at the earliest, most likely later than that.

Please vote in the poll below so I can gauge interest - for now, just assume I've picked a time that would work for you. :)


At the request of corbet; a quick intro to steampunk:

The basic idea of steampunk: start with the Victorian era. Add in a fetish for all gadgets clockwork, steam powered and generally brass and wood. Throw in airship pirates and Mad Science (Zap!). Throw in more emphasis on the "lower classes" and industrial type stuff than is traditionally present in your average goth neovictorian stuff (which also draws out the Marxist/Anarchist politics). Add in punk/industrial aesthetics, and a healthy tolerance for variance in what steampunk is.

As someone on a forum said "if there's no anachronisms, is just recreationsim!" The time period to riff off of is roughly from the beginning of the 19th century to just before WWI.

Some starting point links:
Girl Genius
Steampunk Magazine
Brass Goggles Blog
Brass Goggles Forum
A Steampunk FAQ

Poll #1092858 curgoth's steampunk ideas

I would attend a steampunk photoshoot

Only after a goggle/costuming workshop
2(15.4%)
Definitely
3(23.1%)
Maybe
3(23.1%)
No
0(0.0%)
Only as a photographer
0(0.0%)

I would attend a goggle making workshop

Definitely
1(7.7%)
Maybe
3(23.1%)
No
0(0.0%)
Only if I can make cyber/raver goggles instead
1(7.7%)
Clockwork tickybox
2(15.4%)

I would attend a waistcoat making workshop

Definitely
6(50.0%)
Maybe
4(33.3%)
No
1(8.3%)
Yes, but I'd have to borrow sewing supplies/a sewing machine
0(0.0%)

I would attend a steampunk tea/dinner party

Definitely
6(46.2%)
Maybe
7(53.8%)
No
0(0.0%)
Only if I don't have to dress up
0(0.0%)

I would attend a steampunk ball

Definitely
6(50.0%)
Maybe
5(41.7%)
No
0(0.0%)
Only if I don't have to dance
0(0.0%)
Only if I don't have to dress up
0(0.0%)

Comments

( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
corbet
Nov. 21st, 2007 11:48 pm (UTC)
Random responses...

- I have only a vague notion of what steampunk garb includes, so perhaps a primer on such?

- I think a photoshoot would rock. I also think a photoshoot would integrate nicely with one of the other events -- especially a ball. (Set up a photo area in one corner, or on a stage, while the rest fills up with dancing.)

- I have general goggle lust. I need a pair of raver goggles to go with my as-yet-unworn extensions, so those would be my first choice. Steampunk goggles are a close second tho. Workshop soon? SOON? *plaintive look*
curgoth
Nov. 22nd, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
The basic idea of steampunk: start with the Victorian era. Add in a fetish for all gadgets clockwork, steam powered and generally brass and wood. Throw in airship pirates and Mad Science (Zap!). Throw in more emphasis on the "lower classes" and industrial type stuff than is traditionally present in your average goth neovictorian stuff (which also draws out the Marxist/Anarchist politics). Add in punk/industrial aesthetics (BOOTS!), and a healthy tolerance for variance in what steampunk is.

As someone on a forum said "if there's no anachronisms, is just recreationsim!" The time period to riff off of is roughly from the beginning of the 19th century to just before WWI.

Some starting point links:
Girl Genius
Steampunk Magazine
Brass Goggles Blog
Brass Goggles Forum
A Steampunk FAQ
curgoth
Nov. 22nd, 2007 12:40 am (UTC)
The same general principles would work for raver goggles, I'd just need to make sure to gather some less-steamy materials (i.e., not everything needs to be brass :)

I am trying to figure out where to get materials to make uv-reactive lenses, for example.
sabotabby
Nov. 21st, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
Can you tell that I am extremely enthusiastic about these ideas? I mean, I have almost nothing to wear, but I love the aesthetic and am fully ready to engage in crafty goodness.
djinnthespazz
Nov. 22nd, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
You forgot to include the button "Wish I Could" for all of the above. Sigh.
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k_calypso
Nov. 22nd, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
I'm very interested in the steampunk aesthetic, even though it's relatively new on my radar. Clockwork and copper goggles and waistcoats! Oh My!

I've discovered I like to get behind the camera AS WELL. Take out the "Only" in all questions, and I'm so there! Providing scheduling and transportation to the locations of said workshops and shoots work themselves out. ;)

Edited at 2007-11-22 04:51 pm (UTC)
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