Steam punk, an overheard term, perhaps, but how would you define it?
It’d say it is a Frankenstein art – the merge of different bits and pieces of different objects, each with its history, owners, each coming from different pasts.
Steam punk is like historical science fiction – artifacts from a past that never happened in which steam, not electricity, was the dominate power technology.
What is this current about?
As common traits, we’ll find the use of brass, of old materials, ancient clocks and clock wheels, bolts and screws, keys & locks, basically various mechanical components. Sometimes, they can include embroidery or dry flowers.
Inspiration is often drawn from Jules Verne’s or Wells’ works – their unearthly worlds of weird machinery, a bit creepy, a bit real.
One famous steam punk recent artwork is Paul St George’s giant and peculiar telectroscope. This huge tunnel-looking-like telescope was installed on the banks of river Thames, as well as on the one of East River In New York, and people could look into it, seeing the ones on the other side.
Another example could be this interesting work of art developed by Tim Wetherell– a wall sculpture representing time and the universe, and including moving gears, a working clock, and a movie of the moon’s terminator in action.
Moreover, let’s not forget about the Arts et Metiers Metro Station in Paris – for sure from the same world of machines (and definitely not to miss if in Paris!).
Passionate members of this current are wearing special outfits & accessories in which they invest a lot of time and energy, like those in the photo.
Give it a try!
For sure you have some old watched lying around in some drawer. Take out the dial, open it up and insert a dried flower. Then go about and find a rusty, long necklace – those are easy to be found in accessories shops. From this point on, you can play with your imagination – you may include an old key, some wheels from the watch mechanism, some beads, and there you are – a new old, rather weird accessory.
For inspiration, other than the internet, the DYI resources or Verne’s novels, run a check at an old hardware store, at a garage sale or at an antiquities fair, and you’ll for sure find a lot of forgotten items that you can combine into something beautiful.