Dear J. Wilhelm,
One is never the same having faced a moment of utter destitution. We are always told that university degrees (if NOT in the Arts, Good Heavens, No!) guarantee the opportunity for a livelihood. But it is wonderful to know that when corporate ventures fail, someone can survive and flourish with artistry and craftsmanship. You made the leap! Oh, well done, Sir!
Thank you dear Ms. Periscope! Honestly I didn't quite expect this, but at the same time I did have a bit of art background by way of architecture, I'm a 4th gen. Engineer in my family bit Civil Engineering and Architecture dominate. Not the first time Art overtook commercial work.
If I get the courage to re-live my previous lifetime I'll share the architectural fireplaces my grandfather designed. Not steampunk, per se but ranging from baroque through to Victorian styles. Very impressive if I dare to say so myself. These were more artistic commissions than anything else, the difference being he didn't carve them with his own hands the way I build my artifacts. He started the business in 1987 because he was too old to start working as an engineer in the US when we moved from Mexico. He no longer had his business and government connections at that age. If I am just a fraction as successful as he was making art, I'll say I was successful.
At your service my lady,
Now having got that off my chest, do you have any inspirational stories related to Steampunk?
Only that this has proven to be a community that keeps letting me be a part, despite my inherent occasional irascibility and constant, well, 'whackiness' I guess you could say.
But I thought wackiness is the reason why we come to this forum!