As you will probably remember, on 14th February we published a blog post entitled ‘Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2014’. This blog post had three objectives: announcing that the nominations were open, sharing with you international people and projects we believe in and, last but not least, asking for your support (as this year there is a ‘Best Jewelry Designer’ category). To be honest, the results could not be better. Why am I saying this? Because 15 out of the 32 nominations we suggested have succeeded and the icing of the cake is that we are among them!
Art Donovan Design, Boston Metaphysical Society, Brumas del Alba, Diana M. Pho, Duendelirium, Factoría Goggles, El Costurero Real, El Investigador, Ithilien, Kevin Steil (aka Airship Ambassador), MADLAB, Marcus R. Gilman, Sam Van Olffen, Suna Dasi… these are some of the people and projects we are honored to support and we invite you to learn more about them.
It is your turn, let your voice be heard and choose your preferred nominees, we hope to be among them with our Machinarium Collection. For the full list of nominations click over here, the voting phase runs through 22nd April. Time to vote (and you can do it here), thank you so much for your support!
In May 2013 we shared with you our thoughts regarding Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 and, following the tenets of Steampunk Hands Around the World, we cannot deny that we would love to see these Awards become an evidence of the international reach and creativity of the Steampunk Community.
At this point you probably know that the Nominations Phase for the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2014 is open (until 28th February). The top three nominees, as determined by the number of unique nominations they receive, will move on to become finalists during the voting phase. Like before, categories with no nominations do not make it to the voting phase.
As usual, after the Nomination Phase will come the Voting Phase (from 15th March 15 to 12th April) and winners will be announced on 26th April (as part of Steampunk Empire Symposium).
There are 40 new categories this year and we have to say, as Wilhelmina Frame told us in advance last December, our request to create a ‘Best Jewelry Designer’ category has been considered! There is no need to say that, after advocating for the creation of the perfect category for Decimononic, wouldn’t it be lovely to see us win it?
Remember, we would love to see these awards become representative of the talent and creativity of the global Steampunk Community. For this reason we are pleased to share with you some gifted artists worthy to get discovered (with special emphasis on Spanish maestros). We all need your support, nominate us now!
SP Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2014.- International Steampunk artists you might have in mind!
1.- The interviewee
Gretchen Jacobsen (aka Wilhelmina Frame) is a freelance producer, award-winning costumer, prolific crafter and frequent convention panelist; her alter-ego, Ms. Frame, Editrix de Mode for Steampunk Chronicle and Part Time Lion Tamer, travels the globe in pursuit of adventure and style. When not in the circus ring with Rajah, her tiger and the rest of her “Kitten Kabal” (seven lions, three cheetahs and a rather droll panther), Ms. Frame can be seen at the most fabulous parties, in the latest fashions, sparkling with wit in conversation. In addition, she is the founder and Tiffin Master of The American Tea Duelling Society.
2.- Steampunk media and fashion
Q.- Gretchen, your Steampunk persona is Wilhelmina Frame (part time Lion Tamer, full time Adventuress). Why did you choose this nom de guerre?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. In the summers when I was young my family would often take day trips up to various places in nearby Wisconsin. One of these was Circus World in Barabo. Circus World is a museum, showplace and historic site at the former winter headquarters of The Ringling Brothers’ Circus. One time when we visiting, the wild animal tamers were mingling with the visitors and carrying a tiger cub. They were quietly going up to select parents and offering a photo opportunity with the tiger. My parents were never the kind of to pay for these kinds of things, but due to the uniqueness of the offer and, most likely, my wide eyes, they agreed to pay for the photo. The trainers sat me down in front of a circus wagon, put a blanket of some sort on my lap, told me to smile and quickly put the dozy tiger cub in my lap. The moment lasted an instant but the memory and the photo will be with me always. This was the inspiration for Part Time Lion Tamer!
When trying to figure out a steampunk persona, I wanted something that could realistically support a variety of places, moods and adventures — and the clothes to go with them. A wild animal tamer seemed to fit that bill. Victorians were all about dressing for the occasion and being a lion tamer — even if part time — gave me ample excuses to vary my dress. I would have performance costumes, safari gear, outfits to mingle with the rough and tumble circus types, gowns for when I would mingle with the rich and powerful since I would obviously be famous and infamous. I would have reasons to travel and meet people from all walks. And I would, obviously, have lots and lots of lovely pets.
As for the actual name, Wilhelmina is very Victorian and has some family history attached. The Germanic derivation of Wilhelmina also reflects back nicely to Gretchen. I liked the idea of being referred to as Wil, although it seems that the more common nickname would have been Billie. Frame? Well it just sounded good. A nice sharp end to an otherwise obtuse name.
Q.- You have been Steampunk Chronicle’s Editrix de Mode for a long time. How did your collaboration with Steampunk Chronicle begin?
I was recommended to Deadline Dan, Steampunk Chronicle’s publisher by our former media editor, DJ Doctor Q. Doctor Q knew me and my fashion sense from various Steampunk events. The Chronicle was in need of a fashion editor so Deadline Dan asked me for a meeting. We met at my favorite bar, talked about our Steampunk philosophies and after a few rounds of delicious brews, I was the new Editrix de Mode of Steampunk Chronicle.
Q.- You have a wide experience as broadcast producer. From your point of view, what role does media play in the growth and development of the Steampunk community in the USA and abroad?
Honestly, not much! Traditional broadcast media — television, radio, film — hasn’t really picked up on Steampunk. While there have been a couple of music videos, Panic! at the Disco being a good example and Justin Beiber being a bad example, we really haven’t seen that much Steampunk representation. A lot of people point to The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Firefly. They were released near to each other in 2002 – 2003 so they are little early for me to be representative of what we now call Steampunk. Really, we have yet to see our great magnum opus in cinema or television. Everyone is looking to Lantern City but we don’t have a confirmed release for that.
Where you are seeing Steampunk is in online media and in print. The internet is really what brought Steampunk to prominence. It’s also how Steampunks from around the world are finding out about each other. Steampunk based literature has been popular and many would argue that literature is where Steampunk truly has its roots. To a lesser degree, mainstream news media is picking up on Steampunk through its coverage of art, fashion, and trends in consumer goods.
Q.- In addition, we have to consider the famous Steampunk Chronicle’s Reader’s Choice Awards. We were among the nominees to the 2013 awards thanks to our Sky Captain Series and it was a fantastic experience. Do you think there should be a category for the ‘Best Steampunk Jeweler’?
Ladies and Gentlemen, the winners of the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2013 were announced on 27th April, as foreseen. Unfortunately our Sky Captain Series set of Steampunk-inspired jewelry for men was not awarded Best Non-goggle Accessory. However, this result does not stain the fact that our creation was considered relevant enough to be nominated and believe me when I say that we really value this. Naturally we would like to congratulate the winners and our fellow nominees, and express our gratitude to the Steampunk Chronicle team once more.
We all have to cope with winning and losing. We feel very proud for this nomination and, with all we have received and learned, it is time to move forward and think about the next milestone: Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2014!
This said, a few reflections due to the contest.
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.