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Author Topic: How did you find/get into Steampunk?  (Read 2122 times)
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« on: June 04, 2017, 02:16:56 pm »

I was just wondering how everyone got into Steampunk?

My own journey was via a wunderkammer. I wanted to make one - the cabinet and all the wonders inside - so I took early retirement and went back to uni to do a Fine Arts degree. (I know, right? A little cracked in the head, but my significant other is a very supportive chap, bless him.) Long story short, I started using my botanical illustration skills to paint weird little creatures and odd plant life. These illustrations will go into the set of flat little drawers (with eyes in the drawer knobs) that will be included in the cabinet.

I then decided I needed some 3D weird creatures to stand alongside the small collection of scientific gizmos that will also reside in the cabinet. What would be stranger than some odd little insects. And so the Google brought up Steampunk insects in a search. Steampunk, STEAMPUNK! That was it! The perfect combination of odd creatures and scientific gizmos!

What a relieved revelation to realise there are "others" out there.
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2017, 07:18:21 pm »

I was aware of, and appreciated, Steampunk as a genre and anesthetic before I discovered it was something you could actually do. For several years we had been attending an annual Victorian event over in Wales, through which I found I rather enjoyed the Victorian style but noted how terribly difficult it is to get things properly, historically accurate. Anyway, whilst trawling the internet for other such events I stumbled across BrassGoggles and thought - that's it! A place to combine a love of history, science fiction, mad ideas and dressing up without the inconvenience of having to be period correct. Damn fine company here, too.

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2017, 09:58:07 pm »

I came in to ask for directions, about oooh, ten years ago (BLOODY HELL!  Shocked) and then they've never let me leave.

Sometimes I wonder what the wife thinks happened to me. And if she's still got the engine running...
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2017, 10:11:43 pm »

I came in to ask for directions, about oooh, ten years ago (BLOODY HELL!  Shocked) and then they've never let me leave.

Sometimes I wonder what the wife thinks happened to me. And if she's still got the engine running...



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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2017, 10:13:18 pm »

Back in the day I read a great deal of science fiction and my favourite sub-genre was always Alternate History. In the '70s a few new writers began creating gonzo-historical stories and one of them jokingly called his work "steampunk" to differentiate it from the more high tech cyberpunk stories also popular at the time.

Fast forward forty years. I am recovering from spinal cord surgery and decide (in my drug-addled state) to look up the specifics about Edgar Rice Burrough's Barsoomian Radium Rifles. This lead me to some of Herr Doktor's creations and onward to finding a community of folk who dress as if they were in a Victorian / Edwardian Adventure Story! Being a tweedy sort myself I turned my normal wardrobe up to 11, added a pair of goggles, and slotted myself right into the group.
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2017, 05:34:14 am »

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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2017, 11:22:41 am »

It would have been- what?- eleven or twelve years ago, that I first came across the name.  I can't remember how exactly I found it.  But it described exactly what I'd been interested in for about ten years previous to that (since boyhood).  So I guess you could say I'd been a steampunk for years without knowing it, or at least a closet one.  I didn't so much get into steampunk as just let the nascent pre-existing neo-Vicwardian side of my nature come out. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2017, 06:17:04 pm »

I wandered into it backwards after seeing it at Dragon Con for a few years, and thinking ' Hey, that looks like fun!' I was right....
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2017, 04:32:47 pm »

As a child I was fascinated with early radio and telegraph equipment, antique machines, vintage cars, Jules Verne and HG Welles movies, and a Rowland Emett kinetic sculpture in a museum in Chicago. It was the '70's and the word steampunk hadn't been coined yet.

I read "BASIC Programming with Sherlock Holmes" when it was first released and loved the idea of the classic characters having adventures with technology that was only theory back then. I loved photos of old worlds' fairs and illustrations of past predictions of futures that never game to fruition. In a high school art class, circa '85, I built a model of an odd flying machine; a faceted passenger capsule surrounded by a ring with fan blades, all spray painted gold. Around that time I saw an old children's book in an antique shop, "Life in 100 years", if I remember the title correctly, from circa 1920, which had illustrations of children wearing flight suits with wings, and a bit of dialog where the children's mother tells them that she will radio them when dinner is ready. I have never seen a copy of this book since, and have been kicking myself for not buying it.

Circa '89, I had a conversation with my brother about the idea of retro-futurism; about an idea I had for a role playing game based on 19th and early 20th century futurism. He told me about a game called "Space 1889". I looked at a copy of the game's sourcebook at a hobby shop, but did not find it compelling enough to buy it and play it; the pseudoscience of the game did not appeal to me. I really wish that I had done something with my own game idea because anything along those lines that could have been published at that time would have been considered innovative and it might have made me some sort of steampunk pioneer.

Move forward to about 2010: the Detroit area had its first steampunk event that I was ever aware of. I attended. It was interesting. I was mot much interested in costuming or acting out a character, but I was glad to know that the genre had a significant following.
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« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2017, 07:08:52 pm »

I've always read science fiction and liked alternative world fiction; didn't realise that dressing up was possible until my husband suggested going to Whitby Goth Weekend with a trans group (s)he's a member of.  A bit of research and attire sewing later and off we went.  I was always disappointed that I had to stop playing 'dressing up' when I grew up and now low and behold I don't!  It's such fun but the clothes are now taking over the house ...... (not that that's going to stop me).
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« Reply #10 on: July 16, 2017, 11:41:39 am »

I was into old architecture and came up with a reason to build an entire old city, and that reason I found out was steampunk.
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« Reply #11 on: July 16, 2017, 01:16:46 pm »

I went to a festival, Elfia. Here i came in touch with steampunk, and soon found myself interested. I wanted to make a pretty costume like the steampunks i saw had. At the time i knew little about the lore...but as i ventured the internet i learned more and more...and got more and more interested.
And now I'm here.
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« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2017, 02:03:42 pm »

Through Steampunk literature first, by way of precursors like Verne, Wells and Moorcock during the 1970's, and then the books of Jeter, Powers and Blaylock in the 1980's.

Also comics and graphic novels by people such as Bryan Talbot, Ian Edginton and Alan Moore.

I became interested in the Victorian aesthetic during the 1990's due to membership of various vampire related groups and organisations which is where I first started wearing Victorian influenced clothing. I wasn't, however, a Goth as my interests were in vampire literature and films but not any lifestyle. I was, and always have been a Punk at heart. By that I mean an 'old school' 70's Punk.

I became physically involved with Steampunk when I attended the first annual gathering at The Asylum in Lincoln in 2009. I will be attending the 9th this year. And I haven't missed one yet.

I've attempted the 'maker' side of things although I lack the skills for anything but rudimentary mods. But I appreciate and admire those who have those skills and believe they should be supported and encouraged.

It's really the satirical and social side of Steampunk that keeps me interested. Not to get too political but I lean to the left and enjoy poking fun at Imperialism and so-called 'victorian values'. I gravitate to the underdog, the outsider, the anarchist....'The Other'.

And then there's 'The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing' but that's a whole other thing......  Wink
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« Reply #13 on: July 20, 2017, 04:20:24 am »

I pretty much had the clothes  from http://www.sassnet.net/ 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOvswfcJk8s 
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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2017, 04:13:02 pm »

I kept seeing my cousin, his wife and child dressed up for steam punk get together and comicons and such and got intrigued. I found brass googles and joined about 6 years ago and love it.
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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2017, 06:26:47 pm »

One day i stumbled on the word uchronie and get intrigued by it. I search for the definition on the internet. Since i was already a big history buff, i have been charmed and this was my first step toward steampunk.
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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2017, 10:34:43 pm »

Just looking on photographic websites like Model Mayhem, and DeviantArt looking for new fashion or aesthetic trends. Then I stumbled on the photos os Jake Von Slatt's and Datamancer's Steampunk computers, and I was a maker by nature, so the rest is history. Before you knew it, I was making my own Steampunk thingamajigs.
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« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2018, 04:39:33 am »

Nothing so stupendous; I got hooked through the comic Girl Genius...lost it for a number of years, then back at it in 2009...Wink Saw some of the web postings about steampunk laptops, then stumbled in here...and the rest is alternate history...Wink
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« Reply #18 on: February 08, 2018, 06:30:11 am »

Nothing so stupendous; I got hooked through the comic Girl Genius...lost it for a number of years, then back at it in 2009...Wink Saw some of the web postings about steampunk laptops, then stumbled in here...and the rest is alternate history...Wink

I do love a good alternative history.
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« Reply #19 on: February 08, 2018, 09:18:08 pm »

I have always 'made things' (model railways, Airfix kits, Warhammer, etc.) I had done various bits of kit bashing and scratch building to make little diorama type scenes. As I am sure many did, I largely abandoned making things in an effort to be 'cool' whilst in my teens. Whilst at uni I bought a custom built desktop PC as I needed something fairly high powered to run Autocad and Matlab for my course. In an effort to save cash it was in the cheapest case the PC builders offered. Then I had this idea to modify the case and began looking for ideas on several PC case modding forums that's when I came across these mad looking things with old radio valves and copper pipes and wood panels, I discovered this was something called "Steampunk". I began collecting a few shiny looking bits from charity shops but partly because of time and partly because people thought I was weird for wanting to make things I lost interested and I never started it whilst at uni. I left uni in 2013 and started on the PC whilst at my mum and dads that summer. On a whim in 2015 with the PC almost finished I booked tickets for my first full Asylum, with one steampunk outfit for the whole weekend, before hand I was dreading it, I am naturally introverted and generally keep quiet as nobody I knew wanted to talk about the things that interested me, apart from my mum and dad. The people I met at that first Asylum (and all the many subsequent events I have attended) were the most amazing people I had ever found. These were people who were incredibly welcoming, who liked to talk about making things, and who would share mad ideas! That first Asylum I had a feeling that I had found "my people" I have never looked back.  Grin

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« Reply #20 on: February 08, 2018, 09:38:30 pm »

I've dressed like a steampunk without even knowing it . Braces waistcoat ect. And found steampunk when looking for different prosthetic arms on the web. Which is all well and good till I meet steampunk snobs as I call em. Cause I still wear jeans and tee shirts and as they say I don't look right. But surely steampunk is just been your self and where ever I go I don't fit in.  But I don't care am just me and as for my prosthetic arm it's not the pastic crap they break mines old school made from leather with s\steel straps. And just to add to the steampunk look I wear a knee brace and walk with stick. Plus am always makeing stuff that looks steampunk from stuff foke throw away.
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« Reply #21 on: February 08, 2018, 11:39:40 pm »

A friend told me of a "steampunk" lamp he'd seen online, & told me what it was called.  I recognized the name, explained from whence it came, so he started to tell me about steampunk, & I was hooked.  The lamp, incidentally, was "Lyra's Lamp", named for the main character in Pullman's dark Materials" trilogy, which I had read without knowing that steampunk existed...
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« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2018, 11:32:42 am »

Ever since I was a brat I've loved mixing elements from mythology and old cultures with futuristic concepts, like cyberpunk-satyrs and circuit-boards laid out with Celtic knot-work.
At the same time I had an ever growing frustration with modern culture; we live in towns set to grids, endless rows of concrete and glass rectangles. Everything we buy is slimline, sleek, disposable and forgettable.
We're surrounded by wonders of science and nature, perched on the edge of immortality and set to explore the deepest mysteries of the universe and the soul... and it's viewed with profound cynicism and disinterest.

Then there was this trend - people were making and wearing things that were ornate, complex and interesting. I'd stumble across comics or photos from people at Cons, and be utterly charmed.
Then I came across some books with these people on the cover, and had to have a look inside.
And then I was hooked.
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« Reply #23 on: February 09, 2018, 09:28:06 pm »

Ever since I was a brat I've loved mixing elements from mythology and old cultures with futuristic concepts, like cyberpunk-satyrs and circuit-boards laid out with Celtic knot-work.
At the same time I had an ever growing frustration with modern culture; we live in towns set to grids, endless rows of concrete and glass rectangles. Everything we buy is slimline, sleek, disposable and forgettable.
We're surrounded by wonders of science and nature, perched on the edge of immortality and set to explore the deepest mysteries of the universe and the soul... and it's viewed with profound cynicism and disinterest.

Then there was this trend - people were making and wearing things that were ornate, complex and interesting. I'd stumble across comics or photos from people at Cons, and be utterly charmed.
Then I came across some books with these people on the cover, and had to have a look inside.
And then I was hooked.


It is true, is it not? That the antisceptic minimalism of 20th. C modernism tends to age very poorly. Nothing worse than an artifact made of white plastic that has aged to a warped, cracked and dingy mass. It may have looked great in the 1970s when it was new, but today it looks like a piece of garbage.
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« Reply #24 on: February 10, 2018, 01:19:01 am »

Ever since I was a brat I've loved mixing elements from mythology and old cultures with futuristic concepts, like cyberpunk-satyrs and circuit-boards laid out with Celtic knot-work.
At the same time I had an ever growing frustration with modern culture; we live in towns set to grids, endless rows of concrete and glass rectangles. Everything we buy is slimline, sleek, disposable and forgettable.
We're surrounded by wonders of science and nature, perched on the edge of immortality and set to explore the deepest mysteries of the universe and the soul... and it's viewed with profound cynicism and disinterest.

Then there was this trend - people were making and wearing things that were ornate, complex and interesting. I'd stumble across comics or photos from people at Cons, and be utterly charmed.
Then I came across some books with these people on the cover, and had to have a look inside.
And then I was hooked.


It is true, is it not? That the antisceptic minimalism of 20th. C modernism tends to age very poorly. Nothing worse than an artifact made of white plastic that has aged to a warped, cracked and dingy mass. It may have looked great in the 1970s when it was new, but today it looks like a piece of garbage.

Hmmm... Whilst I agree that there is a LOT of ancient plastic hideousness out there, I do have a 1960s bright green bottle opener that is in pristine condition despite being "well used"  Wink over the years.  The modernist architecture, however, is a foul abomination, and although it pains my republican heart I have to admit that Charles was right.
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