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1.- The interviewee
Aleksei Sigaev is a master jeweler who lives in Moscow. He is a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and the winner of the National Competition in Jewelry Design “Golden Constellation” 2002. In addition, he is very well known for his ‘modding’ skills. He is an active member of the Russian ‘Steampunk’ community and many of his creations can be found at Steampunker.ru.
2.- Russian Steampunk
Our first contact with Steampunker.ru was in March, due to the release of the compilation of the twelve interviews of the series ‘Steampunk jewelry tonight with…’ published in 2012. We have the feeling that Russia has a very active Steampunk scene, but it is almost unknown outside of the Russian-speaking countries. For this reason, when Peter, Editor of Steampunker.ru, asked me if we would be interested in interviewing Russian creators, we showed our interest immediately.
When Peter told me that Aleksei Sigaev was willing to participate in our interviews’ series, both Irene and I felt electrified and we are more than pleased to help make Aleksei’s works known beyond the boundaries of his country. Why? Because Aleksei may be totally unknown for our readers, but he is a genuine master jeweler and an expert ‘modder’. Enjoy!
Q.- Aleksei, you are the first Russian interviewee of this interviews’ series. How did you discover Steampunk and what makes it so attractive for you?
Three times nominated for a New Zealand Music Award, Jordan Reyne is an experimental musician born in New Zealand. She lived in Germany from 2006 to 2011, relocating then to London. Combining folk noir and industrial, her style challenges any categorization.
The song ‘The Proximity of death (blue eyed boy)’ was included in the fifth album of Jordan Reyne, ‘How the dead live’. This album, launched in 2009, was an Arts Council and Department of Conservation commission based on one of New Zealand’s first pioneer women who arrived in New Zealand from Gravesend London in 1874. Both Irene and I are big fans of Jordan Reyne and choosing a single song has not been easy, but we do love the strength and symbolism of this one.
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!