Tag: fashion

I haven’t felt really inspired for a while, no matter how I tried to force it. This weekend, in amongst birthday parties and the like, I just loaded up a metal tray with equipment I’d been wanting to tinker with and brought it upstairs to keep it close. At the same time I’d been trying to tidy up the PHP code on this site and, in a round about way, it all came together.

There’s a streamlined Gauge generator with more colour options in the works (once the host updates the PHP library to be able to cope with some new bits). Meant I could do a few more things with the Gauge generator.
I took apart a cheap thermometer for the fiftieth time and finally measured what I needed to measure.

So now I’ve finally got the gauge I’ve wanted to wear, inspired by one of Gilgamesh Wulfenbach’s outfits. Hopefully I can incorporate it into a vest the way I want to do it. Still, I think I need to get more circular thermometers to ridicuboost.

Steam-o-meter Mk I

Steam-o-meter Mk I


Professor von Explaino talks about a few steampunk groups and events happening in and around Brisbane.
SEQ Steampunk social group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/143314552523284/
STEAM: http://groups.to/steam
Prometheus Bound: https://www.facebook.com/PrometheusBoundBrisbane‎
Steamfest: https://www.facebook.com/Steamfest?fref=ts
Steampunk Ghostbusters charity ball: http://steampunkcharityball.com.au/SCB_Sales.html

2013 Professor von Explaino

Photo by Drew Triebe

It looks like Icarus used Phoenix wing feathers, because Prometheus Bound rose again in September. Check/ join the PB facebook group to see more pictures – and to hopefully come along next time if you haven’t already. Thanks to Loose Lemur from Steamfest, Professor von Explaino attended in a brand new formal waistcoat (and facial hair).

That gives me an old white vest, an adventuring leather vest, the “mullet” blue vest, the mad red waistcoat and finally the new green professional waistcoat. I’m quite happy with the collection, even if I’m too tall for the first three (bought in the hope that it was just waistline that was meaning the coats were coming up short. Nope. Could still lose 10Kg though). I think this acquisition is what bounced be back to the devicery path. Considering more lifestyle steampunk devices rather than portable outfitery this time around. We’ll see how long that lasts.

This weekend just gone was emblazoned mightily in local steampunkian calendars; lo (and/ or verily) it held the first Steamfest annual convention – celebrating steampunk loudly, proudly and with the help of international guests.

It had G D Falksen (writer, ‘that guy with the steampunk arm who always shows up in google searches for Steampunk’), Abney Park (band, airship pirates), Unwoman (musician, appears to have lost most of her cello), Evelyn Kriete (editor, author, fashion designer, stylist, co-founder of Gilded Age Records, wow), Starboy (musician, movie maker, holy crivens the outfits), The Mouldy Lovers (band, 8 piece, Cat Empiresque) and Rapskallion (band, burlesque-esque, got a conga line going in Abney Park’s set, such fun). It had clothing stalls, accoutrement vendors, a blacksmiths and other purveyors of steampunkery. It had snow cones (so good for Brisbane Winter, honestly, so darn hot). It had a steam train outside the venue running every hour for the authentic experience of steamtrainery. It had duels by boxing, sabre, bartitsu and others by the European Defensive Arts School.

Summary, it had tonnes of things to do, see, hear and enjoy. And that’s not including the Spectacular outfits on display by the attendees.

I helped supply equipment for the Steampunk Ghostbusters – who were raising money for cancer research and ended the weekend with just under $450 raised – a brilliant result.

Here are links to other writeups/ galleries of the event:

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Events, fashion, steampunk

Striding Out

On Saturday 6th, Brisbane hosted the inaugural Steampunk Strides event. Billed as “a night of well-mannered frivolity, where the Steam World and Modern day society meet!”, the event entertained near-capacity attendees with music, burlesque and belly-dancing, fashion, stalls, a make-yourself-steampunk display and a photo booth. The concept of Ged Maybury (author of Across the Stonewind Sky), he formed a local band of enthusiastic smart-people with the dual goal of providing a place for local Steampunkers to showcase their talent and to show interested people just what Steampunk was about.

And it was great.

It was held at the Kingston Butter Factory, right near a train-station making it easy for people to get to. Booth-holders were a collection of local, well known alternative fashion groups and highly talented individual artists of stitch and seam (including a make-up booth; an ethical taxidermist along with wonderful jewellers  [some of whom alter origami into washing-machine-defying broaches and earrings]). The ROSEA-pioneered “MakeYourselfASteampunkOutfit” booth saw a more elaborate version at this event, and was joined with a photo booth that did colour, black and white or sepia pictures and was lots of fun (thanks for your original idea, Lady Alex!). The musical accompaniment to the fashion shows was provided by Gimpus, a heavy rock band who toned their show down to be a real accompaniment to the fashion display and the fashions themselves were brilliant.

One of my biggest surprises was the number of steampunkers who I had never met before, and the number of steampunkers I do know that didn’t make it to the event. I take this as a positive sign that, despite the cries of Beiber (which I have to say is a bit harsh) and the woes of mainstream, the movement is continuing to (ahem) stride ahead. The quality of the entrants in the Fashion/ Build award was testament to that, the well-earned winners being a family Steampunk Ghostbusters team with elaborate and device-functional backpacks (and the cutest darn little steampunker you ever did see that wasn’t my own son).

As an attendee, I have to rate the Steampunk Strides an unqualified success and dearly hope they are planning on making this a recurring event.

To see more from the event (I took no photos as per the request to only allow the official photographers their space):

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The Crew, side of train (shot by Jaymes Young)

This year when planning the STEAM picnic, a clever chap noted that there was a Steam train that left the station near our traditional Roma Street Parklands picnic spot on Sundays. The idea was thrown around and a group of us decided to steam train before picnicking that afternoon.

The picnic turn-out was a lot lower than usual (a lot lower) but it turned it into a much closer chat, being able to have a less divide-into-subgroups afternoon snack was delightful. To make it the most splendid picnic ever, Tesric very cleverly proposed to Merryn as the group was breaking up and it was absolutely beautiful. An honour to have been present as two absolutely wonderful people teared up and hugged each other.

My son Sean joined us for his second steam-picnic and Jocelyn dressed up as well – meaning we got some lovely Steam family shots as well as the group. I chose to wear my candy-stripe shirt rather than my traditional white; partly for fun, partly to play with modernising steampunk, and partly because it’s something the Professor would do if he could.

Well this is rather exciting. A Brisbane craft and design gallery called “Artisan” is holding a steampunk exhibit in October – and it appears to be touring all the eastern Australian states. It includes a number of my favourite Australian steampunk artists, and if you’re an Australian Steampunk artist they’re still open for submissions. You can find more information at their gallery exhibits site (you’ll have to search for it as it’s in date order of all their exhibits). They also have a Facebook page to add to your calendar.