It is only very recently that I contacted Peter, Editor of Steampunker.ru, for the first time, due to the release of the 2012 compilation of our brief interviews’ series ‘Steampunk jewelry tonight with…’. After publishing a kind review of it at Steampunker.ru and realizing that I had used the word ‘Steampunkers’, he made me a very interesting question: is it correct the use of the word steampunker to refer to people? So here we go, a Russian and a Spanish discussing philological issues related to the English language (this could easily become a joke, couldn’t it?).
As we all know, the word steampunk was originated in the late 1980s as a tongue-in-cheek variant of cyberpunk. It seems to have been coined by science fiction author K. W. Jeter, who was looking for a general term for works by Tim Powers (The Anubis Gates, 1983); James Blaylock (Homunculus, 1986); and himself (Morlock Night, 1979, and Infernal Devices, 1987). This is, the term steampunk was originated as per linguistic analogy, replacing the root cyber by steam and keeping the sufix -punk. At present steampunk may be used both as noun (countable and uncountable; plural steampunks) and verb, with derivatives such as steampunkery, steampunkered, steampunkering, etc.
1.- The interviewee
Angélica Pinho, better known as Angelica Elfic, is the creator of the brand and alternative fashion shop Elfic Wear. Born and raised in Portugal, she studied Archeology but could not ignore her passion for clothing as individual expression. Angélica is a passionate self-taught seamtress that uses a wide variety of materials , but always taking into account the environmental impact and respecting nature. Besides, she has wide experience as a model and acknowledges Steampunk as one of her main creative influences.
2.- Steampunk: Portugal and beyond
Thank you so much for your time and interest, Angelica. We are most pleased to welcome you as the first Portuguese interviewee in this series of brief interviews, as Portugal is a neighbouring country and culture for us.
Q.- Although you have studied Archeology, you are a self-taught seamstress and fashion designer. How was your artistic ‘alter ego’ Angelica Elfic born?
Angelica Pinho (A).- Angélica Elfic was born with the need expressing my inner world of fantasy. A way to release the magic creatures who live inside of me.
Q.- It seems that you have always searched for inspiration in the fantastic realm. Which is the link between your design activity and the ‘personas’ you create to give shape to your collections?
A.- Since very young age I impersonate characters that I only could find in my realms. I always saw the world as a magic place, where I could be whatever I wanted.
Q.- Many of your designs show that Steampunk has become one of your main inspiration sources. We think your sister Liliana has something to do with this… how did you discover Steampunk?
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.