What is steampunk? I thought it would be easy to define but there seems to be a lack of consistent definitions out there. One definition said that steampunk is "a genre AND a design aesthetic AND a philosophy".
We here at Frimmbits only care about the "design aesthetic" it has fostered. We are fine with whatever religion you choose to adhere to. Live long and prosper.
Many of the visualizations of steampunk have their origins with, among others, Walt Disney's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Steampunk design emphasizes a balance between the form and function. Sometimes this blurs the line between tool and decoration. Various modern utilitarian objects have been modified by enthusiasts into a pseudo-Victorian mechanical "steampunk" style. [source]
So modern objects like watches get a steampunk makeover by making them look like they're inventions from the Victorian era. Or a post-apocalyptic futuristic era. Stories from childhood receive a steampunk makeover by turning the characters into robots. Like so:
|Steampunk Alice in Wonderland|
|Working watch. A little much for me.|
Steampunk materials are often things you would find in an old science lab or industrial lot. Wood as well as copper, brass, steel, iron and other heavy metals often comprise many of the pieces. Glass, old-fashioned lightbulb and watch parts, clockwork, rivets, cogs, levers, springs, gears and other pieces of machinery are also popular materials. Leather is another Steampunk staple, often sewn crudely together with thick stitches and heavy cord. [source]
I will be featuring artists known in the steampunk genre but it will be the artists who create something fascinating and fantastical, rather than the ones who just slap cogs on things and call it a day.
One of these artists is Pierre Matter. His works feature copper, bronze, brass, steel, stainless steel and wood. He assembles his sculptures with welding, rivets, and screws and shapes his metals by hammering, rolling and cold rolling.
His works are rich and detailed and, I'm presuming here, filled with symbolism. His website is here, go and check out the rest of his work.