1.- Steampunk wedding clothing: the definitive original touch
Your Steampunk inspired wedding could truly be the most original event of the year with a little forward planning and the right organizing. But how does one get that real ‘originality’ especially when it comes to the outfits? Having an individual style is top of the list of wants for most couples about to tie the knot. It’s only natural that you will want to stand out from the crowd in your Steampunk gear.
Well, doing your wedding in a Steampunk style will definitely give you an unexpected twist to your special day. A real edge on the other couples tying the knot this year. In this blog post we will take a closer look at the wedding attire itself and how you can make yours stand out.
‘We are really pleased with our revenues but our goal isn’t to make money. It sounds a little flippant, but it’s the truth. Our goal and what makes us excited is to make great products. If we are successful people will like them and if we are operationally competent, we will make money’.
When I read this quote from Mr. Ive I could not help but remember my own words some months ago:
1.- The interviewee
James Richardson Brown is a renowned Steampunk author, jeweler, maker, 3D artist, sculptor and strongman. Creator of ‘The Sydeian Coalition’ steampunk/science fiction series, he has been featured in such places as Oxford University Museum of the History of Science, Wired, BBC, Sky News and many others. In addition, he is one of the main promoters of Steampunk and Steamgoth in the UK and worldwide.
2.- Steampunk and Steamgoth
Dear James, welcoming you to our brief interviews’ series is really exciting. Not only because you are a prominent figure of the international Steampunk scene, but for your involvement in the development of Steamgoth. We have recently published a blog post about this subject entitled ‘Steamgoth in a nutshell’ and would love to go deeper into it. So let’s begin the interview!
Q.- There is no doubt that you have had an outstanding role in the development of the British Steampunk scene since its early days. You hosted the UK’s first steampunk meet-up in 2007, you have written educational articles, and even given demonstrations of Steampunk fashion and sculpture. Would you tell us a bit about the Steampunk scene in UK?
From the 21st century perspective, Victorian era may seem a time of good manners, adventure and discovery. But if we take a closer look, this period may become less bright… or even very obscure.
5.1.- The dehumanization of society
Most employment was to be found in the newly industrialized cities, so many people abandoned their rural roots and converged on the urbanized areas to seek work. Large numbers of both skilled and unskilled people were looking for work, so wages were low, barely above subsistence level.
London was not an exception, but the epitome of this situation. As depicted by Charles Dickens, families had to put children to work at an early age, or even turn them out onto the streets to fend for themselves; there were also numerous homeless, destitute children living on the streets of this city. Great wealth and extreme poverty lived side by side because the tenements, slums and rookeries were only stones thrown from the large elegant houses of the rich.
What to say about healthcare. Operations were horrific procedures until 19th century: most patients died from post-operative shock, infection or loss of blood. With protagonists like Louis Pasteur, Robert Koch or Florence Nightingale, this century gave birth to modern medicine, featuring anaesthesia and the development of both antiseptic and aseptic operating theatres among the most powerful new techniques. These advances supposed outstanding changes… for those who could afford them. There is no need to say that ordinary people were not so fortunate.
‘In London, in 1830, the average life span for middle to upper-class males was 44 years, 25 for tradesman and 22 for laborers. Fifty-seven of every 100 children in working class families were dead by five years of age’.
Source: A Victorian Obsession With Death
La fée verte (the green fairy) inspired artists such as Ernest Hemingway, Charles Baudelaire, Paul Verlaine, Arthur Rimbaud, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Amedeo Modigliani, Vincent van Gogh, Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley and Alfred Jarry. Drugs became both a blessing and a curse.
It is hard to believe that a whole year has gone by, as it seems like only yesterday when we presented our Tempus Fugit Collection of artisan sterling silver cufflinks with vintage watch movements. This collection offered three different models taking three classical forms as point of departure: Alpha (round), Beta (rectangular) and Gamma (romboid).
Inspired by its success, we have decided to develop it with new elements: rings and earrings (yes, this Steampunk jewelry collection on steroids!). We wanted to keep the same spirit, looking for:
- Uncompromising quality: artisan sterling silver jewelry made using traditional silversmith techniques.
- Minimalistic and timeless design, perfect for both everyday use and to stand out in any special occasion.
- Steampunk inspiration with a touch of the past, retrieving these delightful silver-colored vintage watch movements.
Feel free to have a look at the complete Tempus Fugit Collection and tell us what you think about the result. Would you like to see any other kind of jewelry piece added to this collection? We will be most pleased to hear from you!