Sunday, July 1, 2012

"It's Blade Runner

meets Jane Eyre." ~ Unknown

"Steampunk."  This week's blog is about a "new" (new to us--it has been in other areas for some time) movement in the arts & decorating styles...gears, goggles, and metal meet Victoriana~steampunk.   What I like about the concept is an idea from my research...it is an attempt "to recapture the spirit of invention, adventure, and craftsmanship reminiscent of early-nineteenth-century industrialization, in part to restore a sense of wonder to a technology-jaded world..."  Ah, yes...get out of that 2 X 4 box (aka cell phone).  I am sure there are many versions of this, but I like the concept of the gears...it does seem like many of our gears are not fitting together these days, and maybe this movement is trying to make sense of all the loose parts.

In the 60s, there was a TV show called The Wild Wild West, and it was made into a movie in the 90s.
The original TV show was based on "James West and Artemus Gordon, two Secret Service agents of President Grant, who take their splendidly appointed private train through the west to fight evil. Half science fiction and half western, the Artemus designs a series of interesting gadgets for James that would make Inspector Gadget proud.  It may have been an early version of "steampunk"...complete with steam engines!

The term steampunk originated in the late 1980s was coined by science fiction author K. W. Jeter, who was trying to find a general term for works by Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, 1983), James Blaylock (Homunculus, 1986), and himself (Morlock Night, 1979, and Infernal Devices, 1987)—all of which took place in a 19th-century (usually Victorian) setting and imitated conventions of such actual Victorian speculative fiction as H. G. Wells' The Time Machine. In a letter to science fiction magazine Locus, printed in the April 1987 issue, Jeter wrote:
Dear Locus,
Enclosed is a copy of my 1979 novel Morlock Night; I'd appreciate your being so good as to route it Faren Miller, as it's a prime piece of evidence in the great debate as to who in "the Powers/Blaylock/Jeter fantasy triumvirate" was writing in the "gonzo-historical manner" first. Though of course, I did find her review in the March Locus to be quite flattering.
Personally, I think Victorian fantasies are going to be the next big thing, as long as we can come up with a fitting collective term for Powers, Blaylock and myself. Something based on the appropriate technology of the era; like "steampunks", perhaps...
—K.W. Jeter
Even though its true origins are in the literary world, I do like the artistic interpretations coming from this style. This piece is dated, and it could be labeled "steampunk" since it has the look!
 

From 1971 and Mexican in origin, I do believe...street art...

So, we will be incorporating some decorative touches of this "steampunk" for discerning shoppers.  We have been collecting parts...and the elves will be busy creating! 
I have brought in some typewriter jewelry with a touch of the goth/steampunkiness...



So, I do believe that "steampunk" can actually be a 21st century term for our reuse, repurpose, recycle...we do it with furniture...
A new magazine that I have in the shop is featuring the reworking world....
But, after the weekend storms in the east, it is evident no matter how technically advanced we get, Mother Nature can "steampunk" everyone back to the "dark" ages!!!


"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."
~ Albert Einstein

1 comment:

Sherri said...

I love Steampunk! It has really taken off in popularity these past few years, and since it is from old origin, I believe it's going to be going strong for all ages through the modern years.It's funny because we can say "Everything old is new again" with almost everything now. All the new Art pieces, jewelry, even photographs....it's amazing how many wonderful items are being made using this concept.
Now I am going to have to create Steampunk Tags! I've always been fascinated by steampunk....LOVE your post Sus! Happy 4th this week...