Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Chickenpants Does Maker Faire- Part Two: And Then There Was Steampunk

One of my favorite parts of Maker Faire was the amazing people watching. And probably my favorite part of the people watching was the Steampunks! (Although I really did love seeing all the Think Geek, Cute Overload, and Strongbad t-shirts go by!)
What is Steampunk? I'll let my own personal Chickenpants, Pauline and G.Pete tell you:

Pauline: I looked on Wikipedia. This is what is says:
"The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often set in Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles or analog computers; these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or a presumption of functionality.

The most immediate form of steampunk subculture is the community of fans surrounding the genre. Others move beyond this, attempting to adopt a "steampunk" aesthetic through fashion, home decor and even music. This movement may also be (more accurately) described as "Neo-Victorianism", which is the amalgamation of Victorian aesthetic principles with modern sensibilities and technologies[citation needed].

"Steampunk" fashion has no set guidelines, but tends to synthesize punk, goth and rivet styles as filtered through the Victorian era. This may include Mohawks and extensive piercings with corsets and tattered petticoats, Victorian suits with goggles and boots with large soles and buckles or straps, and the Lolita fashion and aristocrat styles. Some of what defines steampunk fashion has come from cyberpunk, and cyberlocks have appeared being used by people adopting a steampunk look."

(honestly, boss can be so lazy! How hard is it to cut & paste?)
But enough words! Onto the photos!
This lady stopped by our table. Isn't her outfit great?

Awesome Steampunk Lady and Chickenpants
Originally uploaded by absolutely small

This guy had an amazing outfit, too. I wonder where they find such great clothes...
(p.s. try looking on ETSY!)

Steampunk, camera, tophat
Originally uploaded by absolutely small

G.PETE: If you're quite done discussing what people wore, I'll post some photos of the giant steampunk vehicle.

G.Pete Chickenpants and the steampunk vehicle
Originally uploaded by absolutely small

It was huge!

The giant steampunk vehicle
Originally uploaded by absolutely small

PAULINE: They even let me take the helm while no one was looking! Although "let" is probably not the right word.

Pauline at the helm of the giant steampunk vehicle
Originally uploaded by absolutely small

G.PETE: I was very impressed that they had an escape hatch. Most houses do not have those anymore.

Steampunk lovely and escape hatch
Originally uploaded by absolutely small

PAULINE: The view from the top was great! Best view of the life sized mousetrap in the whole fair.

The view from the top
Originally uploaded by absolutely small

G.PETE: Also, there was a steam powered vehicle. It seemed to also be somewhat human powered.

We have steam!
Originally uploaded by absolutely small

And they also had a neat stage at the Boiler Bar:

Dancer at the Boiler Bar
Originally uploaded by absolutely small

It was like something out of Indiana Jones!
PAULINE: And finally, to wrap this up, is a photo of me in this flying machine built by Michael Cooper. At least, I think it was a flying machine...

Pauline and the flying machine
Originally uploaded by absolutely small

That's all for today! If you have links to any of these amazing things you'd like to see included, please leave a comment below and I'll add them. Also, please visit our Flickr site to see even more photos from the fair.
Tomorrow's post: Maker Faire Part Three: Geeks and Everything Else! There will be a photo of a luchador holding a Chickenpants.

1 comment:

Mrs.Kwitty said...

Wow--what a fantastic fair! I would've loved to go and do a little people watching, though it wasn't too bad living vicarously through your photos! Very cool. I wonder how long it will take Steampunk to reach little old Duluth MN? ROFL!
Smiles, Karen


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