Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery
The History of Steampunk
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When ordinary people think of steampunk, they imagine huge flying machines, goggles, Victorian fashion, and unique architecture. When crafters think of steampunk, they think of one of the most creative forms of jewelry made from a combination of beads, brass, copper, iron, and various metals. So, what exactly is steampunk and where does it come from? If you are interested in arts and crafts related to steampunk, a walk down the history lane would be very interesting and educational.
So, let’s take a stroll.
Both the concept and terms are said to have originated during the 1950s as a sub genre of science fiction written by Kevin Wayne Jeter and Tiem Powers. However, H. G. Wells and Jules Verne are considered two of the most prominent pioneers of the genre as we know today.
In their books, they created an alternate reality where a lot of scientific developments are happening during the Victorian era. Basically, imagine a Victorian Era scientist such as Edison or Graham Bell being sent into the future to take a look at the modern technology and then sending them back to their time to develop something similar out of the resources they have. That is exactly the kind of world they would have created.
Transition into Mainstream Media
Steampunk got so popular that it didn’t take long to enter the mainstream media. In 1954, Walt Disney made the Academy Award winning 1954 motion picture adaptation of Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Today, it is also a highly popular theme for animes, cartoon, comics, and video games. There are also a number of television series based on the theme.
Other than media, steampunk is also popular in the world of fashion. It is quite a popular theme among designers who actually are playing a significant role in its evolution. Not to mention, the concept has actually inspired numerous inventions over the years.
Steampunk in Jewelry
With steampunk clothing catching trend, matching jewelry and accessories was inevitable. One of the main factors behind the popularity of steampunk is the creative freedom it offers. You can mix and match a number of objects, real and imaginary, to create something very unique yet equally appealing. This is something that has attracted crafters and jewelry makers to the concept.
Crafters and jewelry makers have used all types of metals including bronze, silver, iron, and copper along with beads made of polymer clay or lace fabric to create wonderful pieces of jewelry that are both funky and elegant at the same time.
Jean Campbell and Jemma Hewit are two of the most well-known name in steampunk jewelry making. They have a wonderful collection of their own work, along with books created to help other crafters interested in the theme.
You can watch small introduction video “Steam Punk Style Jewelry with Jean Campbell”
The Future of Steampunk
Over the years, the interest in steampunk has only increased among artists as well as enthusiasts. The genre opens a world full of possibilities mainly because there is no end to what you can create out of your own imagination.
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