Steampunk Chronicle is known worldwide for offering a global and multidisciplinar approach to Steampunk, covering the latest news in fields such as fashion, media, modding and events worldwide.
As foreseen, the list of nominees to the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards was announced yesterday and, much to our delight, our Sky Captain Series of Steampunk-inspired fine jewelry for discerning gentlemen has been nominated Best Non-goggle Accessory under the Crafting category.
This gives us the perfect excuse to encourage the Steampunk Chronicle’s team to launch a ‘Steampunk Jewelry’ category, not in vain jewelry creation is amongst the most popular artistic disciplines from the origin of mankind; therefore, subcategories such as ‘Best jeweler’, ‘Best jewelry collection’ and/or ‘Best jewelry piece’ would be totally relevant.
Decimononic proudly presents this interviews’ compilation, corresponding to the year 2012. You can read it here (2012 – Steampunk jewelry tonight with… by Decimononic) or below.
Air Pirate, Space highwayman, Gentleman Inventor or Lady Explorer- What is your Steampunk Character?
Steampunk style for the beginner can at first be a little confusing to fathom. Where does one start when picking out that perfect look? After all it’s not exactly a ‘thrown together’ look, some of the best outfits will have been carefully chosen. The beauty with Steampunk is that it is a style that goes well beyond the clothes. There is a huge dose of fantasy that goes alongside it.
Let’s start at the beginning: to the untrained eye it is a style which can seem little more than what we imagine Victorian dressing to be… combined with a metallic pair of elasticized goggles! Although these can be seen as the essential elements, it’s nowhere near what this lifestyle is about.
To get to grips with it we suggest that you try thinking of your favorite Steampunk inspired classic– whether in literature or in film, there will be many aspects that have attracted you. The inspiration one will gain from the various sources will vary widely. From the fantasy of the fictional works by Jules Verne to the animated Victorian villains in the feature length Studio Ghibli productions, these are fantastic starting points to consider when beginning one’s own Steampunk adventure.
19th century is usually recalled as a time of science and technology. Referring to my article ‘Spanish Steampunk 2012 AD’:
’19th century gave birth to the professional scientist (the word scientist was first used in 1833 by William Whewell) and it was an era of invention and discovery, with radical developments in the fields of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics, among others. We cannot obviate three intellectual factors that destabilized the European society: Darwinism (the biological description of human nature), the Freudian theory (that pinned human action on primordial drives) and Einstein’s theory of the physical world (that challenged the Newtonian world order)’.
Scientists and inventors like Charles Darwin or Samuel Morse changed the world forever, it is undeniable. Scientists like Nikola Tesla, Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace’s are among the most acknowledged by the Steampunk community. Yet in a century seemingly built on reason arose a profound interest in the supernatural. An in-depth analysis is beyond the purpose of this blog post, but let’s have a look to some concrete fields.
3.1.- Magnétisme Animal: Mesmerism
Franz Anton Mesmer (May 23, 1734 – March 5, 1815) was a German physician with an interest in Astronomy, who theorised that there was a natural energetic transference that occurred between all animated and inanimate objects that he called magnétisme animal (animal magnetism) and other spiritual forces often grouped together as Mesmerism.
1.- About the workshop
The opening of the temporary exhibition Steampunk: futures that never where at MIBA in November 2012, including our attendance to the round table ‘Creation and Art in Steampunk’, gave us the perfect excuse to visit again a charming city as Barcelona. As if this was not enough, we seized the opportunity to visit the amazing photo studio of 274km and the showroom of El Costurero Real located in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, when Rebeca Saray was giving one of her renowned photography workshops.
The truth is that working with such a professional team, even for a short time, is an awesome experience. We would like to share with you some photos and an spectacular making-of video that will keep you open-mouthed!