Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Yet more on Clockwork Con!

I am posting on Clockwork Con again! It is coming sooner than you think and you know you want to be there!!  Clockwork Con is a 3 day ALL Steampunk convention taking place in Austin, Texas the weekend of January 20-22, 2012. If you haven't already gotten your tickets, you can still get them here. Weekend passes are available for $50 each right now, $60 at the door.

Purveyors of all sorts of steamy goodness will be there as well! You can find corsets by Casta Diva, leather from Griffin Leather, clothing from Silver Leaf Costume, Ravenworks, Caveat Emptor and Mad Girl Clothing, wigs from Prince Pez Addictions, Steampunk Curiosities from the imagination of A Grimm, and jewelry by yours truly. You can even get your steampunk portrait preserved in photographic form by the wonderful folks at Penland Photography.

In addition, you can meet the crew of the Airship Isabella and the all-captain crew of The Delirium of Grandeur. Chat with the lovely and talented OM Grey, be entertained by Mr. Saturday and Sixpence, shake hands with Emperor Justinian of the Red Fork Empire (if you dare), or listen to the musical stylings of Steam Powered Giraffe, Bones Jangle and the VooDoo Island Cannibals, or the always wonderful Marquis of Vaudeville!

So if you haven't already made your reservations, DO IT NOW!!!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Coming Soon - Clockwork Con!!!

After a reasonably successful weekend at the Emerald City Steampunk Expo in Wichita, Kansas last weekend my next stop will be Clockwork Con in Austin, Texas over the weekend of January 20-22, 2012.

Clockwork Con looks like it is going to be a LOT of fun! They have a great guest lineup including Airship Isabella, Delerium of Grandeur, Emperor Justinian, the lovely and talented author O.M. Grey, the ever fun Mr. Saturday and Sixpence, and Cracked Monocle. And their musical lineup is just as awesome! They have Master Bones Jangle and the VooDoo Island Cannibals with their own brand of pirate music, The robotic trio Steam Powered Giraffe, and the always wonderful and fun Marquis of Vaudeville!

There will be vendors a-plenty (myself included), panels on a wide variety of steampunk topics, A Dinner Event of Aether and Steam, a concert and vaudeville show, and a gadgeteer festival where Steampunks can show off their greatest creations!  In addition, word is that there may well be more S.C.A.R.S. versus The Order action!

So if you are a steampunk and can get to Austin, Texas over the 4th weekend of January 2012 (yes, January has 5 weekends next year!) then come on in and stay for a while!

Friday, September 30, 2011

The Mechanical Grave

The year is 1895. Steam-powered ships fly through the air. Clockwork robots have replaced servants. And a grisly murder has taken place in the dark night of New York City. Called to the scene of the ritualistic murder of a young woman, newly appointed police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt discovers Detective Wayne and his police officers power usurped by two special investigators appointed by the White House: Occultist Edgar Allan Poe, a clockwork automaton housing the soul of the literary legend, and Mrs. Emma Entwistle, a dangerous assassin with a unique connection to the other world. When they elicit information from the demon Neshrew, a much darker and more dangerous plot of world domination is uncovered.

The Mechanical Grave is a short film directed by Jon Keeyes. The production company, Wolfclan Productions, says about The Mechanical Grave that it is "a darkly fascinating Sci-Fi /Steampunk short film designed as a TV Pilot that will initially become a six part Mini-Series, and ultimately, become an Episodic Series for multiple seasons." (Wolfclan Productions)

My goggles
A month or so back I got the opportunity to be a part of a this project and boy was it a fun night!  My friend Deborah Gerard of Time Traveler Outfitters designed and created the beautiful costumes.  She invited me to join her on the second night of shooting to play one of the minions of the demon Neshrew. I also contributed a couple of the costume accessories, including the goggles seen on the top hat worn by Mrs. Entwistle, the monocle worn by the giant, and bits on several of the minions (check out the wrist piece on the right wrist of Lucian Menkent, below)
Giant, wearing my monocle

Toby Lawhon

Other minions were played by friends and aquaintances from the Texas steampunk community, including Toby Lawhon (lead singer of Dallas area band Marquis of Vaudeville), members of the Airships Isabella and Nocturne, and members of the Celestial Rogues.

Capt Whitaker, ASI
Lazuli Delacru, ASI

Lucian Menkent, Celestial Rogues
Thaddeus Vale, ASI

Amelia and Audra, ASI

 So check out the short teaser trailer and let us hope they get the full length trailer AND the short film out soon!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

This just breaks my heart!!!

A fellow steampunk artisan and etsy seller, AutumnSteam, had 75 of her pendants STOLEN while packing up at Faerieworlds in Eugene, Oregon this past weekend!  What kind of sick person does something like this???? The pendants were displayed on red velvet in vintage picture frames and were taken while the booth was being packed up and the van retrieved.

If you live anywhere in the Eugene area please help her keep an eye out for her missing pieces at flea markets, pawn shops, even on etsy or ebay!   You can check out her blog here for details on what was stolen. Please, if you see anything that looks like any of her missing work, let her know right away! This is one of the worst things that can happen to an artist and I wish I could do more to help!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Infernal Device

Steampunk (as well as Fantasy, Horror and Gothic, among others) artist, illustrator and sculptor Myke Amend (who does amazing work, by the way) is working with Steve Brook (maker of incredible steampunk guitars) and Todd Cahill (Steam Machine Sculptor) to build an incredible machine for an art competition in September.

A sketch of what the Device might look like
The Infernal Device will be a large piece of steampunk art powered completely by alternative energy, including wind and solar power.  They are primarily using re-purposed materials (90% of the device will be made of re-purposed parts), primarily in the style of the late 1800's. They are searching high and low through junkyards, farm fields, old garages .... for suitable items. They are gladly taking donations of anything you might find that you'd love to see used but won't be using yourself but they are also seeking help in purchasing some of the items they want.

This is where you come in. Check out their kickstarter page for more information on the device and how to contribute.  They have great rewards for everyone who contributes, even if you only give $1!  So stop on over before 7pm this Monday, May 23rd, and help them to make this project a reality!

You can find out more about the device and Myke at these sites:

The Infernal Device

The Infernal Device's Facebook Page

Myke Amend's Live Journal

Myke's Facebook Page

Etta Diem (Myke's etsy shop)

Myke's Deviant Art Page

Some Ghouls Wander by Mistake

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

I'm Baaaaaaack.........................

It really has been a long time since I posted, wow!

Since my last post I moved to Texas! Yes, Texas. I have been here for almost 2 years now and am enjoying the change of scenery.  I have been active in the steampunk community here in Texas and have been to several convenetions and have even sold at a couple. 

Me with Abney Park at A-Kon 21
Last June I took my daughter to A-Kon as she loves anime. I was lucky enough to get to see Abney Park again!  I got to pose with the entire band this time and I gifted them with my Clockyard sculpture which was inspired by the song "Clockyard" on their Aether Shanties album. Check out their video for the song "End of Days" and you will even see it in the background!
Clockyard Sculpture

In January I was a vendor at Clockwork Wonderland, a one night mini-convention in Dallas. I did well there and had a lot of fun. 

Sunday at WWW Con
In March I went to Wild Wild West Con in Tucson with my friend Deborah Gerard of Time Traveler Oufitters. I sold one of my badge holders and did a trade for another. And I got to see Abney Park in concert once again!

My booth at Oklahoma Steampunk Expo
Then in April I had a booth at the Oklahoma Steampunk Exposition. I did very well there and sold a number of items, including my steampunk chess set! I got to hang out with friends I have made over the last year and generally had a really good time.

At the end of April I went to Aetherfest in San Antonio. That was a great event with lots of fun things to do and a great location. The St. Anthony hotel is Victorian in style and made a great site for this event. And on Saturday morning a number of the attendees, myself included, walked to the Alamo and posed for a picture in front of the mission.
Steampunks at the Alamo!