In May 2013 we shared with you our thoughts regarding Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 and, following the tenets of Steampunk Hands Around the World, we cannot deny that we would love to see these Awards become an evidence of the international reach and creativity of the Steampunk Community.
At this point you probably know that the Nominations Phase for the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2014 is open (until 28th February). The top three nominees, as determined by the number of unique nominations they receive, will move on to become finalists during the voting phase. Like before, categories with no nominations do not make it to the voting phase.
As usual, after the Nomination Phase will come the Voting Phase (from 15th March 15 to 12th April) and winners will be announced on 26th April (as part of Steampunk Empire Symposium).
There are 40 new categories this year and we have to say, as Wilhelmina Frame told us in advance last December, our request to create a ‘Best Jewelry Designer’ category has been considered! There is no need to say that, after advocating for the creation of the perfect category for Decimononic, wouldn’t it be lovely to see us win it?
Remember, we would love to see these awards become representative of the talent and creativity of the global Steampunk Community. For this reason we are pleased to share with you some gifted artists worthy to get discovered (with special emphasis on Spanish maestros). We all need your support, nominate us now!
SP Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2014.- International Steampunk artists you might have in mind!
Since the very beginning Irene and I have made clear that Decimononic is our instrument to change the world for better. We have pointed out that we are moving towards an environmental disaster caused by a non-sustainable economic system characterized by the waste of natural resources due to the abuse of disposable goods and programmed obsolescence, which means that a new approach to the global manufacturing/conssumption system is essential. This is is easy to say, of course, but which alternative can we offer? Alright, it is time to give an answer to this question.
As you know, our economic model follows a simple scheme: take, make, dispose. Is this sustainable in the long term? No, absolutely not because natural resources are limited. This is the reason why we need to develop a different model, based on sustainable consumption and restoration. We need rational consumption patterns and a regenerative industrial system which restores material, energy, and labor inputs. Would this be possible? We do think so and we are most pleased to share with you some valuable resources to learn more about the concept of ‘Circular Economy’.
As you know, on 7th January we were thrilled to publish the press release of ‘Steampunk Hands around the world’ on our blog.
I.- What is ‘Steampunk hands around the world’?
In Kevin Steil’s own words:
Steampunk is a global community filled with vitality and creativity.
With more than seven dozen steampunk creators – bloggers, authors, event organizers, and others – also participating, this month long project is a multi format media presentation about the international connections and communications in the community, for steampunks and non-steampunks alike.
Beginning Sunday, February 2nd, and continuing until Friday, February 28th, the group will show and share through blogs, videos, and events, that steampunks everywhere are linked together and that new friends are waiting in every conversation.
Steampunk, in its many forms, brings people together in an inclusive and helpful network of similar mind. From sharing book and music review opinions, to playing the newest games and sharing DIY information on fashion and props, the steampunk community easily and comfortably brings together people ages eight to eighty in ways not often seen in other communities.
II.- Seven questions and answers about ‘Steampunk hands around the world’
Now it is time to share with you our vision about the Steampunk community around the world and, for this purpose, we are most pleased to answer some questions addressed by the true and only Airship Ambassador, Kevin Steil.
This is an atypical post for this series because this time we did not found the music; the music found us. Clara Engel contacted us because she though that her songs would suit ‘A Singular Sountradck’ and, after listening to her album ‘Ashes and Tangerines’ we could deny that she was absolutely right. As British poet Jeremy Reed said:
‘Clara Engel’s voice comes to me from that deepest of all places, imaginative space, from which she visually retrieves an inner landscape converted by breath into the rock equivalent of poetry. Rarely has a voice sounded so authoritative, so unapologetic in its disclosures, so sure of its direction in going home into song’.
I.- Who is Clara Engel?
Clara Engel is an independent Toronto-based artist with a great deal of talent. Her latest album, ‘Ashes and Tangerines’, was released on 6th December 2013 including 11 songs written and performed by her (see full credits below). We have chosen this ‘Tangerines’ video, that includes images by American filmmaker, actor and pioneer of underground cinema Jack Smith. The final version of this song is available here: ‘Tangerines’ on Bandcamp, lyrics below.
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‘I really think that creating clothes and fashion has to be a statement about how we live and where we live and what’s happening in the world’.
Have you heard about Alexander McQueen? If you have not been hiding under a rock for a long time, probably you have. Have you ever thought that Alexander McQueen was a lone genius? Then you may be surprised that this is not totally true. In fact, Sarah Burton lived underneath his shadow for 14 years. Today she is is Creative Director for Alexander McQueen Trading Limited. Now let’s start from the beginning.
Sarah Burton was born Sarah Heard in Cheshire in 1974. Her early years elapsed between Withington Girl’s School, Manchester Polytechnic and Central St Martins College of Art and Design in London. During her third year in Central St Martins she was interviewed for a year’s placement at Alexander McQueen at the suggestion of her tutor Simon Ungless, a friend of McQueen’s. She joined the company for a year as an intern in 1996 and rejoined full time upon her graduation the year after.
Sarah Burton was appointed Head of Design – Women’s wear in 2000, designing dresses for personalities such as Michelle Obama, Cate Blanchett, Lady Gaga and Gwyneth Paltrow. Following McQueen’s death in February 2010, and after company owner Gucci confirmed that the brand would continue, Burton was named the new Creative Director of Alexander McQueen Trading Limited in May 2010. She helped shepherd to completion Lee’s last collection for Fall 2010, which was in progress when Lee died, and pulled together the blockbuster retrospective ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute with curator Andrew Bolton, which became one of the most-visited exhibitions in the museum’s 142-year history.