1.- Intro: Eurosteam Con in Spain
After the success of Eurosteam Con 2012, this year’s edition is approaching full steam ahead! As announced by its main promoter, Marcus Rauchfuß, it is going to take place across Europe on 28th and 29th September 2013 .
Taking into consideration that Decimononic is an international project located in Spain, we would like to focus on the events foreseen within our own country. We have to say that Eurosteam Con is generating considerable buzz beyond the niche of the Spanish Steampunk scene: articles like this one published on Kultura Gótika, Leer magazine or even TV news (Cuatro, Tele 5), may be considered some representative examples.
There are seven locations confirmed at present (sorted by alphabetical order):
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?
As you probably know, the first EuroSteam Con took place on 29th September led by Marcus Rauchfuß from Vienna. Time runs fast and lots of things have happened in the last three weeks, but finally we are ready to share with you our experience in Madrid; well, more exactly at Ithilien pub, in Chapinería.
The commemorative events related to the EuroSteam filled a complete weekend, including a plethora of activities divided among a night party on Friday 28th and a fraternization lunch and party on 29th. Fields such as fashion, jewelry, literature or music were covered, trying to offer a wide insight into the Spanish Steampunk scene… and combined with performances, contests, expositions and round tables. The promoters of all this were The Golden Gear forum (the always supportive Sir Jack and Elizabeth Winchester and Josué Ramos) and the indomitable Ithilien pub crew.
The soirée went by as foreseen, with the only exception of the video streaming with our European brothers in arms. However we were in permanent touch with the Barcelona Steampunkers and other Spanish speaking friends such as El Investigador team in Mexico.
Irene and I were fortunate enough to participate in this enormous exaltation of the Steampunk genre. It all began with the recording of a preliminary video on 15th September, went on with the fashion catwalk on 28th (the models wore clothes from El Costurero Real, Lady Aguja and Lady Elizabeth Winchester matching with a selection of Decimononic jewels) and culminated with the exposition of some of our fine jewelry pieces at Ithilien the unforgettable evening of 29th.