I 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 http://www.bruteforceleather.com/store/scripts/default.asp
Check out the Festival http://gildedfestival.com/about/
The cut-away view, another victim of the age of virtual everything. As a child I was obsessed with these drawings, I spent hours carefully inspecting every minute detail. My own adolescent drawings were much the same I would draw detailed city blocks of buildings striving to include every conceivable detail. I was a strange kid, I had a penchant for disaster views, earthquakes and end of the world tableau were my favorite subjects. Many of you may know that I am still doing fundamentally the same thing as an adult, the strange kid managed to make a career out of his childhood passions. Now it’s mostly 3D in nature but the same none-the-less.
Stephen Biesty’s incredible cross sections [which he draws by hand] bring back the memories of those hours spent as a child, consumed with my own ability to draw that which I imagined. I am older than Stephen, my cut-away inspiration came from magazines and advertisements. Popular Science the Saturday Evening Post and Life were a great source. The drawings I remember were mostly done by Frank Soltesz “the master of the Cut-Away” His “How it Operates” drawing are amazing, the detail is intense. Not only did he draw it imagine the amount of research it took to understand the operation, in the days before Google.
Take a look at more Frank…http://www.flickr.com/photos/leifpeng/sets/72157600024625909/
I really have to hand it to this town, really a brilliant concept. Not an easy project to articulate, but they did, and did it beautifully. The top story left in its original state was a sacrifice worth making to realize his concept. I do wonder how they maintained its stability, while installing the new facade . A temporary Art installation, funded by local arts council, it’s a wonderful example of a community pulling together to resurrect the towns slipping popularity.
Take a look at the article…http://www.dezeen.com/2013/10/01/from-the-knees-of-my-nose-to-the-belly-of-my-toes-by-alex-chinneck/
Take a closer look…… http://haldanemartin.co.za/truth-coffee/