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A Scarf a Day!

Hey y'all! SPWS' own Meredith Scheff is doing a "Scarf-a-Day" project that you should definitely check-out!

Starting january 1, 2011, I will make one scarf a day each day in the month. I'll be using everything from traditional techniques and materials to the experimental, the new, the weird, the possibly edible. At the end of the month there will be an art show and interactive scarf making session.

Why a scarf a day? I love the idea of wearable art, silly but functional. I'm also really inspired by the works that have come out of the various [ ]-a-day projects- they push you to your limits and make you think of things you never would otherwise. Jewelry is OK for some, but for me, personal adornment is best when it's warm and fuzzy. And silly. And fun. Or weird.

This project is the recipient of an Awesome Foundation grant, but I need help to really pull this off with style. I'll be using all sorts of tech and materials- laser cutters, cnc machines, soft circuit tech, anything I can get my hands on!

I'll also be blogging the heck out of the project at www.ladycartoonist.com

"Une Saison En Enfer" - Ghost Illusion Automaton by Thomas Kuntz

Thomas Kuntz, who we've featured here before, wrote me a couple of days ago with his latest project and it is breath-taking! I particularly love the way that Thomas includes the whole story of the creation of his pieces in the videos he produces including the reference artwork and in-process sketches. I am also in serious envy of his miniature lathes and machine tools!

Polmugater

This is the first of what is likely to be many posts covering the New Zealand's The League of Victorian ImagineerThey have a great blog and run a yearly exhibition and fashion show.  The next fasion show will be at Oamaru Opera House on the 5th June 2011.

Here is the first peice I m covering called the Polmugater made by Literacy North Otago students:

The Intergalactic Promulgation Transmogrification Appliance is a draw card at the Steampunk Exhibition at the Forrester Gallery in Oamaru, New Zealand. It is the result of an outpouring of creative genuis from a group of people working together under the umbrella of Literacy North Otago. This project has brought people together from a diverse background and has allowed them to develop skills and explore new areas of creativity. Literacy for us includes a wide range of skills and competencies and a project like this has enabled many to be further developed.

After the cut there is a great video of the making of the Polmugater.

Steampunk Frankenstein Art

Articles:

Kevin Mowrer has started a blog to share some of his woderful art.  As you can see the art rocks but what I really like about it is the philosophy behind it:

Since I'm in the business of property development, the prevailing dogma says "Don't share anything publicly that you don't want used by someone else!" I think that we are now living in an age where putting your work out there for a larger community than just your clients is the right thing to do. I am inspired by work I see others posting and hope that some of what I do also adds to the energy and excitement. I hope you enjoy the strange things that come out of my head from time to time.

More art after the jump:

Lighting From Oxford University's Museum

Wall Clock Steampunk lightAs you probably already know Art Donovan has an amazing Steampunk Art Exhibition at Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science. Today I am bringing you two of my favorite pieces from the show.  The show includes several amazing handcrafted lighting pieces with heavy use of metal and vivid burning filaments. The wall piece to the right is one of the more simple pieces, I could easily see this piece in a smaller study or library room. After the cut is a larger image of one of the more complicated works that would be great for a ballroom.

Abney Park's HMS Ophelia Remix by ~Delen

 
I was looking through a collection of steampunk city skylines and came across this great remix of Seattle Area Band, Abney Parks, dirigible the HMS Ophelia. Enjoy:  The name of the piece is HMS Ophelia by ~Delen on deviantART

One more image after the jump & a link to see 16 more steampunk skylines.

Victorian Marquetry LCD Monitor

Jonathan Writes:

. . .I'm a computer engineer and cut marquetry part time so i decided to combine the two and fashion a monitor of my own. It's seemingly a lot more difficult to get good quality brassware here in England than it is in the states so i made it all in wood, veneered in burr walnut and inlaid with yew wood marquetry and box wood stringing, finished with brass handles and finials. I know its not quite typicaly steampunk but it is a faithfull (ish) reproduction of a Victorian toilet mirror, complete with drawers and as i have never seen one done quite like this i thought it worth sharing . . .

It sure is worth sharing! It's gorgeous!

Click through for a bunch more pics!

Steampunk Automata

OMG! I am kind of speechless here, this is really, really cool. Be sure to click through to the creator's blog, there are a lot of other really amazing things to see there! - Jake

James Ng Eastern Steampunk Art

Imperial Inventor by James Ng A friend just introduced me to the Artwork of James Ng and I have to share the spellbinding intersection of Asian Art and Steampunk:

Full size image plus The Imperial Airship and Gates of Hell x2 are after the cut

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Open Source Jewelry - Improbablecog

Noah has posted an update at Kickstarter with upgraded rewards for contributors!

Good friend and fellow tribesman Noah Beasley is joining the Open Source commerce fray, offering up some of his most popular designs.

[My] Items are created in a computer with modeling software, and then converted from bits to atoms using 3D printing technologies. By using this method, an item can be replicated a thousand times, or only once. There are no molds, there is no casting, there are only robots building each item from the physical pixels of the material required.

This means these things made of matter are not much different than any other piece of intellectual property such as music, movies, or software.

Click through to read more and support Noah's Kickstarter Project - I'm in! - Jake

Virtuoso!

I'm pretty excited about this! The author, Jon Munger is a friend and he along with artist Krista Brennan have done an amazing job!! 

Virtuoso is an alternate history of an Africa that never existed, one run by steel and springs, commanded by vast matriarchies and past the height of its culture.

Virtuoso is the story of Jnembi Osse, a professional weapons manufacturer for the most powerful empire in the world, and how her private rebellion becomes a full scale international incident.

Read the web version here and see where to get the full comic here!

Kevin Rolly's photography

(image: Kevin Rolly, AKA Kevissimo, seen here as SteamMonk)

Friend and co-BurningMan-conspirator Kevin Rolly is a fantastic photographer- He often paints and collages photos, creating an otherworldy beauty.

Link is to his Flickr site, which has some NSFW images.

Corsets and Cogs - A Steampunk Wedding Cake!

 Amanda writes:


This was one of the cakes I created for The Great Cake Bake produced by Wedding TV.

The category for this one was Steampunk and so far I have only come across one lady (after a comment on my blog) who knows what steampunk is.
 

Well, I'm sure everyone here not only knows what Steampunk is but shares my drop-jaw wonder at this fabulous wedding cake! Click through for a couple more pics!

Make or Break for NIMBY - They did it! Yay!

NIMBY writes: This portion of our campaign is all or nothing.  If we do not reach our fundraising goal in the next 7 days - we will not receive any of the $10,600 currently pledged.

All of the direct donations and tax-deductible donations have allowed us to make it through the end of 2009.  We are almost out of the woods, but we need to make this goal by January 5th.  Thank you if you have already lent your support.  Please pass this message on to anyone who has enjoyed the art that has come out of NIMBY over the years.

Oakland has responded to our engineering plans - and our use of shipping containers is APPROVED.  We have satisfied all the requirements set-forth by both hazmat and fire.  We are setting a new precedent for art spaces.  Spring is ushering in many exciting, new projects.

You can donate here:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1362561841/nimby-industrial-art-and-diy-space

Donate directly:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=10559466 (Tax Deductible Donations - email rachael@nimbyspace.org)

[Be sure to click through to see the video of what goes on at NIMBY even if you don't pledge and BTW, they just got $200 from me. - Jake]

Brass Dragon!

Back in August I received a slightly odd email:

Phil is drawing a cover for Windycon's Blaylock short story collection, and he sort of used you as the guy building a mechanical dragon in his garage... Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. 

If it wasn't, and you'd rather we made it not look quite like you, please e-mail me and let me know! 

(I know we should have asked first, but we got carried away... sorry!) 

Thanks-- 

--Kaja

Of course I was deeply flattered and quickly responded that I, in fact, felt honored that they chose to use my likeness!

Click for a larger version and the opportunity to buy a print if you so desire

 

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