The Gilded Festival…Building up Steam

1 Dec


received a phone call this morning, it was my long time friend Billy, he informed me that the first  “Gilded Festival”  was in town. The festival has pulled  together multiple artisans and performers  from Goth to Kilts.  All the participants share a passion for Steam-punk. I’m sure many of my readers are familiar with the term.

Table after table offered the regalia necessary to portray a diabolical mad 19th century scientist or if you choose leather clad  benevolent Fairy. It was quite a show, clockwork jewelry, skeleton keys, goggles, canes, top hats, magic wands, bustiers, even 19th century i pods. The show was small but I’m sure this show will “build up steam” in the past future.



My absolute favorite was the work of Brute Force Studios. The native Pennsylvanians hail from Harrisburg, of all places, but then again it must be fun to shake up the PA. capital especially with Corbit in the Governors seat. The pieces illustrated here are Brute Force, beautiful execution, made from leather metal [ no plastic or resin] the real thing.

Read about the Studios

 ” Owner and designer Thomas Willeford is also the author of the bestselling steampunk how-to book “Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts” (McGraw-Hill). He is best known as the creator of the mechanical arm worn by Nathan Fillion in the steampunk episode of ABC’s “Castle”. 

  ‘Thomas and his products have been widely featured on television (MTV, BBC, “Castle”, “Oddities”), online (Wired, BoingBoing, Popular Mechanics), and in print (Art Donovan’s “The Art of Steampunk”, Morgan Spurlock and Stan Lee’s “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”, Bizarre Magazine, Gothic Beauty Magazine, Engine Magazine). Satisfied customers include David Silverman (The Simpsons), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5), Virginia Hey (Farscape), and bands Abney Park, Ghostfire, and Beautiful Deadly Children”.

” Supporting American industries and workers is very important to us. All of our materials, including fabric, metal, leather, and acrylic are made in the United States or imported from Sheffield, England. We do not outsource any of our labor to other countries. Even the fabric is milled in Pennsylvania”

“Human and animal welfare are also very important to us. We make monthly donations to our local food bank and PAWS of PA, a no-kill animal rescue and spay/neuter group”.

Now go to the site

Check out the Festival


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