This years’ nomination of our Sky Captain Series to the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Awards gave me a perfect excuse to publish a blog post on 2nd May with some reflections regarding international Steampunk contests (entitled: ‘Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2014… and beyond’). Amongst other things, I suggested in this blog post some international creators that I would really like to see awarded and just the following day I discovered the amazing ‘Aurea Mediocritas’ gallery of Juan Manuel Molleví.
Juan Manuel is a Catalan digital artist from Tarragona (Spain) recently graduated in Publicity and Public Relations but already working since some time in the field of advertising creativity. His ‘Aurea Mediocritas’ gallery displays small invertebrates transformed into vulgar utensils and, as is this imaginative exhibition was not enough, he approaches this challenge trying to achieve a baroque-Steampunk feeling. Does it sound good? Have a look below to see his works, though you should visit his blog in order to see them in its full-resolution glory.
At the heart of any wedding is the commitment that the bride and groom will be making to one another. Two words seal the deal: ‘I Do’ and the wedding rings are a physical symbol of this bond.
Many jewellers solely specialize in this field, each offering a myriad of different designs. Are you getting hitched soon and haven’t picked out a wedding ring? There are so many styles that you can pick so why not opt for a Steampunk inspired wedding one? The icing on the cake of your alternative styled wedding! But picking out the groom’s ring can be a confusing and complicated task. Hours can be spent trailing the stores and even online looking for ‘the one’
What are the factors that need to be considered? After all this will be the ring that you plan on wearing for the rest of your life!
Our five selection criteria to choose the perfect Steampunk wedding ring for men
It is easy to understand why Wave Gotik Treffen is considered one of the most important events for the goth (and steamgoth!) scene worldwide. An overwhelming concerts agenda, countless leisure activities, visitors from everywhere and a friendly environment are more than enough to reach this objective.
I just wanted to drop a line to share with you a handful of pictures of our stall (these photos were taken with my mobile so do not expect high quality). As you can see, its decoration is quite sober… but we needed to travel light from Madrid to Leipzig by plane.
We are meeting some amazing people here (kudos to the charming team of Psylo Fashion) and I even had the opportunity to greet Captain Robert from Abney Park this morning, this is what happens in this kind of amazing festivals.
We are very pleased to provide you with our sterling silver jewelry handmade in Spain… with Steampunk flavour, industrial nature and singular spirit. If you have the opportunity, feel free to drop by and say hi!
Many thanks for your support!
1.- The interviewee
G. D. Falksen is an author, lecturer, public speaker, and MC. He also studies history and blogs for Tor.com. While his repertoire spans a range of topics, he is currently most noted for his steampunk work and is one of the most recognizable figures in the steampunk literary genre and the related subculture. He is the author of The Hellfire Chronicles series, which includes Blood In The Skies and Ash On The Wind, and the Ouroboros Cycle series.
2.- Steampunk as literary genre and… subculture?
Q.- Your article ‘Steampunk 101’ is one of the most popular introductory pieces to the genre. You begin this blog post stating that ‘in three short words, steampunk is Victorian science fiction’. This may be an excellent way to describe Steampunk in a few words, but we would like to go a bit further. We could not help but notice that your official bio goes ‘he is currently most noted for his steampunk work and is one of the most recognizable figures in the steampunk literary genre and the related subculture’. In your opinion, is there a real Steampunk subculture at present?
G. D. Falksen (G. D.).- Yes, I feel that there is absolutely a steampunk subculture. Steampunk fans have developed a very real and thriving worldwide community with a shared sense of identity and common interests. Steampunk has fashion and music, art and literature, and I think it truly can be called a subculture.
Q.- In 2011 we wrote a blog post entitled ‘Steampunk raison d’être: it’s all about values’. Which values do you think that could be considered characteristic of Steampunk?
As we have previously explained, modern fashion is based on 19th century fashion. Goth and Steampunk styles are not exceptions to this… perhaps ‘discovering brown’ is not so important?
6.1.- 19th century fashion: the importance of mourning
In March 1861, Victoria’s mother died, with Victoria at her side. By the beginning of December, Prince Albert was diagnosed with typhoid fever and died on 14 December 1861. Victoria was devastated. She entered a state of mourning and wore black for the remainder of her life. Queen Victoria avoided public appearances and rarely set foot in London in the following years. Her seclusion earned her the name ‘widow of Windsor’.
Queen Victoria was the model for upper and middle-class behavior during 19th century. This meant that there was social pressure to make grief public. Then a man, as breadwinner, had to get on with life and resume his working uniform; for this reason, the woman, guardian of the home, tradition and all that was sacred, was expected to act out the family’s sorrow and wear its livery.
As we explained in this blog post entitled ‘Ornamental hair jewelry’, a Victorian woman could spend a great deal of her life wearing black: