Steampunk Solstice What Ho!

Steampunk Solstice poster

Steampunk… just the word brings to mind an image of rich leather, gleaming brass, strange maps and turning gears. A time that never was, in a world that’s only partly recognisable as our own. I love the steampunk ethos of creativity, of living in a world where people still spend time making things, and making them beautiful (and I think beam engines are beautiful, so that’s where my aesthetic sensibilities sit on that). I also love the variety – everyone’s own personal idea of what makes something steampunk seems to be slightly different. You’ve got everything from re-enactment quality metal and leatherwork to pick-a-thing-and-stick-a-cog-on-it (yes, I’ve fallen into that trap and what of it).

Although I’m a relative newcomer to the growing genre that is steampunk, I’m happily casting aside the ‘dip my toe in the water’ approach and am launching myself bodily into the upcoming Steampunk Solstice event in June. I’m also working with the fabulous Helen Rich of Xothique Designs to develop a new brand specifically for our steam-related creations, so watch this space for more about that.

If you’re a fan of Steampunk, or simply the owner of a magnificent moustache, why not come along to the Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath between the 28th and 30th of June and shop at the market, listen to the afternoon acts, or even buy tickets to watch the splendid evening entertainments. According to the Facebook page, there’s still ‘one more big announcement to come’…



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  1. Posted May 18, 2013 at 6:33 am | Permalink

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