The Crossroads of the Aether
It's come up twice in this thread so far, but I'd like to portray a steampunk librarian. It will give me an excellent excuse to do research into the Dewey Decimal System. Plus one of my friends in library sciences was kind enough to point out that even the other librarians think the catalogers are out of their minds. Since she was focusing on cataloging herself, she found this perception to be highly amusing. In general I thought it would touch on many subjects that captivate me such as book and document restoration.
I'm hoping my research will lead me towards making some sort of cataloging device. But we'll see.
I've just come to the realization, in my Batman obsession, that there needs to be more superheroes in the Steampunk world. I mean, what more of a perfect place? And it's full of mad scientists and crazy super geniuses...
The Concept I had come up with is a Naturalist- an observer of wildlife.
However, the concept I have reaches a bit further than observing. In my concept's case, the hunting and dissection of the targeted wildlife to see how it functions. Like Thomas Henry Huxley, only a bit more grotesque and quirky. If You've played Red Dead Redemption, think Professor MacDougall.
This concept should allow me to take on an Adventurer-like role, complete with rifle and observational notebooks and sketches, with the fun of intelligence and a bit of blood- yaay for sharp, pretty things!
How did I miss out on this thread for so long?
When I first discovered steampunk I went to my closet and started pulling out work clothes and military surplus things that I wore as work clothes, then moved on to my fancy dress things. I was challenged by a friend on Live Journal to come up with what they called a "steampunk Indiana Jones" outfit. Due to a previous love of things Cowboy, I was able to assemble something that met the challenge in less than an hour. Then I decided to play. An airship Captain uniform took a bit of work, but I finally managed it. An Explorer/Big Game Hunter was a bit easier. As was a pirate. After that I started stretching. A Mechanic, a Gentleman Spy, a Mountain Man hunter/trapper, a Cowboy, a Riverboat Gambler, a European who had gone native in the orient, a Civil War-era steampunk superhero, WWI Flying Ace, and a Tommy, quickly followed. All of these are still evolving, becoming more polished and better developed. Some are even what I consider to be close to finished works.
Some are on my Empire profile photo page, but more are on my Flickr page. Vila's Steampunk Outfits On Flickr
So of these concepts have been discussed earlier in this thread. Some are the more usual tropes. But some do fit the bill as being less frequently seen.
I was just kicking around another idea. I have seen Steampunk StarWars. What about Steampunk Star Trek? I'm in the middle of drawing up a fashion design for a steampunk Federation Uniform (based off the Wrath of Khan). Because what is more Steampunk than the Star Trek mission statement? Of exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life forms and new civilizations, and boldly going where no man has gone before.
Sign me up!
I am a traveling seamstress!
One never knows what one could encounter in this exciting new world of adventure and it behooves me to ensure that those I encounter are suitably tailored for their adventures. I am never without my trusty sewing kit, kept conveniently to hand as a wrist cuff and my odds and ends of lace and ruffles turn out to be just the thing when a skirt is torn or shirt needs mending. With all this talk of clothes, it's a wonder you don't see more of my profession!
I also took on the role of a seamstress. Mainly because I study fashion design at the Art Institute and thought I should stick with skills I actually know for my persona.
I love your idea of traveling with your sewing kit in a wrist cuff. Very clever!
Recently purchased some WILD lace up boots from eBay red, white and silver that look like wrestlers boots. I have since collected some bizarre fringed fabric and plan to eventually make a Victorian acrobat's outfit or-- more likely-- a Victorian super hero costume. Of course, just for giggles! Meanwhile, here's one I'm toying with and will bet no one has yet considered-- a night man! (yes, you heard right. To say 'sewer cleaner' is to put it mildly.....
I've been working on a magician's costume. I'm in the middle of making a top hat, a punked out magic wand and I'm learning a few magic tricks to go along with it.