is Steampunk? To be honest, there are as many answers as there
are Steampunkers, of which there are many, many thousands!
It's a worldwide movement that embraces all ages, but shares
a love of Victorianism, the Industrial Revolution and Jules
Verne. Steampunkers range from fantasy role-players to musicians,
artists, designers and especially, literature. All I know
is that I've been one most of my life, and didn't know it.
Futurism" is apt, from a major book titled Steampunk, the
Art of Victorian Futurism, by Jay Strong-man (Korero Press
LLP, London, 2011). Steampunk is a movement and a rebellion
against mass consumerism and a throw-away society. It is an
Honoring of exceptionalism and craftsmanship, and a vision
of the past that could have been our future. And may still
be. I think of it as "past-is-present-is-future".
first discovered Steampunk when I was simply searching for
lamps on the internet. I came across the work by master New
York artist Art Donovan, who has created astounding lamps
and other items, and was curator of the world's first Steampunk
Exhibition, held in 2009-2010 at the Museum of the History
of Science, at Oxford University, London.
exhibition was attended by over 70,000, the largest number
of people in the 150 plus year history of the Mu-seum. Donovan
published an exceptional catalogue, The Art of Steampunk (Fox
Chapel Publishing, East Petersburg, PA, 2011) which will well
serve as an introduction the ex-citing Steampunk genre, and
lead you to many additional sources.
these pages I will share my excursions into the Steam-punk
world, under my alter-persona of Dr. Augustus LeRoy. I hope
you will enjoy them!