The Crossroads of the Aether
In the real world, I am a socially awkward penguin of an artist, whose only exposure to steampunk has been through role-playing online. That being said, I'm looking to expand my art and writing topically, and to gain some information about any steampunks in my area, Louisville, Kentucky. I also would like to put together costumes for my persona, and am looking for some help steam-punkifying some of her accessories. (I don't want to just stick a gear on it and call it steampunk.)
My persona is a socially awkward penguin of an artist (what a stretch!) named Rowena Maxine Harper. Rowena is a traveler, who left her parents (and fiance) to see and paint the world! She also has a slight obsession with the Renaissance masters, DaVinci in particular, and wants to be able to be called a Renaissance Woman - by dabbling in various endeavors. Though she mostly plays things safe, she is intrigued by the romantic idea of piracy.
Hello Rowena, I’m sure the exposure to the masters was on the Grand Tour. You’ll find a lot of topics here on The Steampunk Empire, but don’t be shy and jump on in on the discussions.
Welcome, Miss. Harper.
Hm! "[T]he romantic idea of piracy." Hm! I believe you need speak with Captain Izzy. She will intrigue even more...or perhaps...
You might try the Kentucky Steampunk Society here on The Steampunk Empire:
The Kentucky Renaissance Faire has a steampunk contingent that appears there.
Science Fiction conventions are a good place to meet steampunkers, writers and artists: ConCave http://concaveky.org/ or Conglomeration in Lousiville http://www.conglomeration.info/ & etc. A google search may reveal a location and date of a convention you may wish to attend.
Hi Aloysius and everyone else!
I just joined this site this week, and I am relatively new to the steampunk genre. Although like you, I liked elements of it years ago. Victorian style, industrial aesthetics, and found object art.
Well, I don't really have a steampunk persona. My name is Greg. I live in Austin, TX. I am an artist and I'm all about crafting fun steampunk gadgets and whatnot. I may make a full out costume one of these days. But sewing and costuming doesn't come naturally to me. Sculpture, painting and crafts do. I do have a specific style when it comes to SP. Where as many others are more into gaslight steampunk, and doning things that are very elegant with shiny gold adornments..I'm more into busted looking leather, and rusty copper. For me I love crafting items that look like they have some mileage on them. The dirtier and grittier the more beautiful! So if I had a SP persona it would be not too different than a Han Solo type I guess. Maybe a pilot who's been around the block a bit, has a certain bravado to him although all his stuff is old and decrepit and barely works. :P Kind of an unintentionally funny, hack of a pilot that thinks he is much greater than he is with a very unreliable ship.
I'm also a fan of other things sci-fi, fantasy, horror, the paranormal, ufology (yes I believe in aliens and extra-dimensional beings) and most of all I love art and illustration. You can see some of my art here if you are so inclined. I even dabble in illustrating manga. http://thegregorythomas.deviantart.com/gallery/
Good to meet you all and I'm excited to be a part of my local steampunk community!
Greetings Greg, like you I am also a fan of SF&F. Austin and the central Texas area has a lot of steampunk groups and activity. There are several active regional groups here on The Steampunk Empire.
There is an Austin steampunk society here: http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/group/austinsteampunksociety as well as http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/group/texanaethersteam and http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/group/texanaethersteam/forum/topi... and http://www.thesteampunkempire.com/group/east-texas-steamers
My understanding that Austin has a steampunk shop called the Mysterium who also hosted a steampunk get together this May.
Thanks for the info, Coast! I've looked into a few of those and I'm stoked to be a part of them. :)
Hello to everyone. My name is Freya Amber. I am from Virginia. I am a Tribal Fusion Belly dancer and a jewelry maker and learning how to do costumes. I am the owner of Treasured Fashions. When I was first introduced to Steam punk I hated it then it was re-introduced to it a couple of years ago and got hooked. I am still learning and exploring.
Personally, I'm a bit timid and shy; especially when it comes to new groups of people! I am new to the world of Steampunk, but have extensive experience in the world of Renaissance Festivals: as performer, cast, visitor and vendor! I have been intrigued by Steampunk for some time and am looking to expand my horizons! I sew, I sing, I dance, I act, I play violin and piano, I'm learning guitar; I'm a gamer (xbox and d&d tabletop, among many others), I weave chain maille and crochet, I'm learning to knit. I want to learn to tat, and embroider, and I have a sickening love for learning more crafts!
I have a general idea as far as a character, but not much as far as details. I want to immerse myself, watch and learn, and work on building Dahlia into the fiery noble's daughter that she wants to be!!
Nice to meet you all in advance!!