Thursday, July 12, 2012

To Steampunk or not to Steampunk that is the question?

Anyone doing design today knows of the Steampunk sub-culture.

I have always been drawn to the steampunk aesthetic even before I knew it had a name, however just by adding steampunk to the name of a piece of clothing or jewelry can automatically double it in price now, whether it is steampunk or not. Quite A lot of people are under the guise that if you slap a few gears on it, it is steampunk.
So do you Steampunk?
If so do you do it for the aesthetic or the price inflation it brings with the name?

Steampunk - referring to an era of steam power in 19th century Victorian Britain.  It is sub-genre of speculative fiction and fantasy where objects are presented in an idealized light.  Various modern mechanisms transformed into a pseudo Victorian style.  Steampunk often is inspired by a historical period where the industrial revolutions has already begun but electricity is not yet wide spread so an emphasis is on steam or spring propelled gadgets.  Steampunk also heavily borrows from a hypothetical future of fantasy world, yet preserving the appropriate materials (such as polished brass, iron, wood, and leather) with design elements and craftsmanship consistent with the Victorian era.  Because of the ever growing popularity of steampunk, there is a growing movement towards establishing steampunk as a culture and life style.