Sunday, February 10, 2008

Steampunk rising...

According to wikipedia, steampunk is:

" a subgenre of fantasy and speculative fiction which came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or a presumption of functionality."

It's probably no wonder that I find myself leaning towards these aesthetics with welcome arms and Fritz Lang's Metropolis still stands to this day, as one of my alltime favorite with the recent explosion of steampunk finds on etsy, my excitement burst and I went out and gathered a multitude of stuff including watch parts, victorian charms and tiny test-tubes...We'll see what comes of it. Steampunk kawaii? Perhaps, but maybe something will end up on deviantart in the future...For now, I can drool at the likes of these:

and admire Brigid Helm's startling beauty and timelessness, in a world full of dystopian, electric-victorian finery...

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