Monday, 27 February 2012

What is Steampunk?

Source Wikipedia :

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, fantasy, alternate history and speculative ficton that came into prominence during the 1980s and the early 1990s. Steampunk involves a setting where steam power is still widely used - usually Victorian era Britain or "Wild West" era United States - that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often features anachronistic technology, or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned them, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style and art. This technology includes such fictional machines as those found in the works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne or the contemporary authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfield and China Mieville.

Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air-airships, analog computers or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical Engine.

Various modern utilitarian objects have been modded by individual artisans into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk"style, and a number of visual and musical artists have been described as steampunk.

(read more on the steampunk page of wikipedia)

On some websites about steampunk I found the following qoutations :

Steampunk is how the people in the Victorian Era envisioned the future.

Just because you paint something bronze and glue some gears on it, doesn't make it steampunk.

What does that mean for our crafting projects?

The stuff we make on this crafting site isn't steampunk according to the description above.
They're not clever mechanical devices and they're not made in the Victioran style which is connected with the steampunk mechanics.

However, we are very much inspired by all the awesome steampunk projects you can find on google.
For us, it doesn't really matter if it counts as real steampunk or not, as long as we enjoy ourselfs with the crafting!

And who knows where our crafting journey will lead us!

Steampunk Computer
source : google

Steampunk Guitar
source : google

Steampunk Horse
source : google

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