Are you interested in steampunk? Do you have a Twitter account? Then you should be already checking out #SteampunkChat.
Steampunk jewelry was the chosen topic (transcript available here) on 21st October. We missed this chat due to time difference, but we would like to do our bit. For this reason we have made our own selection of tweets to share with you our own vision. Hope you find it enriching!
I.- The concept: what would we consider steampunk jewelry?
Steampunk is one of the main inspiration sources for the Decimononic crew and probably many of our pieces could be categorized like that. So… what can we say about this?
What exactly makes steampunk jewelry? #SteampunkChat
— Ashley Wade (@crankyashley) October 22, 2011
Honestly, we cannot answer this question. However, we can give our particular point of view about what could steampunk jewelry be. In fact we agree mostly with Ms. Cheryl L. G. Trent, as we think that Victorian Era could be taken as point of departure… but always with a multicultural approach. Besides, we do think that Art-Nouveau should be taken into consideration too. And an industrial touch should be always welcome.
Some months ago I happened to read this article published by The Economist under the title ‘Print me an Stradivarius‘. If you know nothing at all about this disruptive manufacturing technology, this video will give you an insight into its implications:
Monitoring this kind of technical advances is something I love and obviously I can’t help but trying to predict its impact in our daily activities. Do you think that it’s too soon to think about this? Probably not, as I have found some companies that are already creating their jewelry pieces using the lost-wax casting process using a high-resolution 3D Wax print.
The world-wide spread of this technology will make mass personalization of products very affordable. I have been asked how could this affect Decimononic… well, naturally it would be really exciting to have access to this kind of technology, it offers vast possibilities. Anyway, there is something to be taken into consideration: one of our main commitments is offering unique tailored pieces and this is not going to change. After all most of Decimononic creations are handmade fine jewelry pieces that include elements with real historical value (therefore non-reproducible): antiques like vintage watch movements, collectible coins, natural semi-precious stones, etc.
There’s absolutely no doubt that we are living in a full of possibilities time.
If you are reading this probably Steampunk is nothing new for you. Anyway, and just in case Steampunk doesn’t ring a bell, finding information about this retrofuturism is quite easy; for instance you could have a look at Wikipedia.
Periodically we will be paying our particular tribute to Steampunk, as it has become one of our main sources of inspiration. Let us try to give you a general vision about the contemporary Steampunk with only three resources: a short video, a map and a chart.
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Illustrative enough, or further information would be welcome? We look forward to receiving your feedback!
We are most pleased to share with you this small experiment, a short video with a selection of some of our 2011 designs. The video lasts slightly over one minute, hope you like it!
We are glad to invite you to visit the blog of the Jewelry Master Alejandro Alloco, Irene’s coach. He has been so kind to feature some of our early designs in ‘Clases de Joyería’ (wich means ‘Jewelry lessons’). We feel very honored and would like to thank him for this gesture.