Hi folks! It’s late October and still super hot outside. I’m having a hard time getting into the Halloween/Holiday spirit, but I’m trying. Hubby and I went to Renninger’s Steampunk Industrial Show. We weren’t able to go until late afternoon on Sunday so, unfortunately, we missed out on most of the fun. But I’m still happy we went. Next year, we’ll be there early on Saturday. It’s not exactly a Halloween thing, but it’s close enough.
What is Steampunk? Apparently, it means something a little different to everyone. My definition is… The technology of today and beyond, with a Victorian/Industrial aesthetic, relying heavily on Steam Power. But if it looks good, I’ll buy into it. I suppose I’m letting my “freak flag” fly a little here, but I’m just a geek girl at heart. I’m not into the entire Steampunk Scene, but I do enjoy the fun and fantasy of it all. I love adding a little bit of the whimsy into my decorating, specifically in the bedrooms. When I move out of my townhouse, I’ll probably designate my small collection to a Steampunk themed office.
I guess I’d have to say that most of the fun, when going to a Steampunk event, is the cosplay. Wikipedia describes cosplay like this, “Cosplay, a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character. Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture, and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing, in venues apart from the stage.” My cosplay outfit? Like I said, I’m not that into it… The shoes are as far as I go. Maybe someday, I’ll put an outfit together. (For Halloween only, of course) LOL! But, I had an awesome time admiring everyone else.
This little guy is Oswald. He’s a handsome
fella automaton thing.
Corsets seem to be standard issue, female, Steampunk regalia. I believe these gorgeous corsets were made by Marti Saling, “The Corset Witch.” You can find her on Ebay as mjwitch.
Everyone looked great! I have to admit, despite what I said earlier, I secretly wished I could play dress up too. There are so many different styles within the Steampunk culture. Everything starts out Victorian, and then is added to, or modified. Some are prim and proper, others more risqué, and some are fantasy based. But they’re all fun!
Clockwork Alley was there with some great jewelry. You can find them on ETSY here. I loved the Steampunk Mickey necklace! Disney’s relationship with Steampunk goes all the way back to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. As a matter of fact, some people credit Disney as the creators of the Steampunk aesthetic. While I can’t be certain that’s the case, I do know that many people who are into Steampunk, share a love of Disney.
The Show had everything you could possibly need or want that’s Steampunk related… Clothing, accessories, jewelry, artwork, decorations for the home, music, books, video games.
This “invention” was, um, interesting… Electric Chair? Dentist Chair? I guess it could be whatever back-story you make up for it. To me, it looks like a machine to cure constipation! Haha.
Steampunk isn’t just for teenagers and young adults. You’d be surprised by just how many “older” folks are involved.
And just like there are many “styles” within Steampunk, there are many different Steampunk ideologies. Some folks participating only believe in using or incorporating actual Victorian antiques, or things available during the Victorian time period. For others it’s merely aesthetic, and anything goes. I’m somewhere in the middle.
Of course, the lucky ones are the kids, whose parents are very much into the whole subculture. I can’t even imagine a childhood, where I could dress up several times of year, participate in fantastic events like this, and it not be Halloween. Sigh… I’m just a little envious.
And the weapons… I love the guns! They get so creative. Many of the guns used in Steampunk are just modified NERF guns. They use paint, and a lot of Rub ‘n Buff to make them look like real wood and metal. Some are embellished with compasses, and other necessities that an airship pilot, pirate or explorer might need.
You can find lots of different types of masks in Steampunk cosplay. You always need to be prepared for any type of situation. Your creativity is the only limit. You can purchase masks just like this from The Fantactory if you click here.
One of the most popular types of masks in Steampunk, is the plague mask. I’m pretty sure there weren’t any plagues during Victorian times, but I can definitely imagine that having a perfumed, herb stuffed mask, might come in handy under shitty circumstances. I love them!!
The bands were wonderful. I just wish we had more time to sit and enjoy them.
While I wasn’t expecting any Halloween Decorations, I was happy to see them. Steampunk and Halloween go perfect together!
And of course, there were tons of hats and goggles. It was an almost endless selection to choose from.
And there was ice cream… Steampunk ice cream! Made to order Steampunk ice cream. Does it get any better than that?
Froby’s, where have you been all my life? Not only was it fun to watch them make the ice cream, but it was “Truly Scrumptious.” Did you know that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is Steampunk? Well, now you do!
Uh, oh… It looks like the Froby’s truck gave someone a ride to the show. I hope they like Steampunk!
Seriously… The ice cream was delicious. This beautiful Steampunk Princess thought so too! For more information on Froby’s Ice Cream, you can click here for their website.
Next time I come, I’m going straight for the ice cream. I’ll find a seat in front of the bandstand, prop up my parasol, and enjoy the bands for a few hours. We not only missed out on some great music, but they had dancers, and performers and lots of other entertainment. There’s always next time. Too bad I don’t have a time machine.
Speaking of Time Machines… H.G. Wells, The Time Machine is often considered to be Steampunk. And Dr. Who definitely has fans who make the crossover.
Here’s some Steampunk fun in action!
Love it! The gears and the gadgets are what it’s all about. Caractacus Potts would be proud.
Till next year!