How to Punk Your Steam: Make it Yourself
Steampunk and the Maker Movement go hand in hand. If you aren’t familiar with the latter, here is an excerpt from a USA Today article in 2014:
Across the country, “makerspaces” are popping up to satisfy demand for affordable access to industrial tools and shared work spaces. These massive fabrication facilities are like a cross between a business incubator and a manufacturing plant, with sprinklings of academia and community spirit thrown in for good measure… The secret appeal of these places is not simply the low-cost access to powerful tools and studio spaces, but also the community of entrepreneurs, marketers, hired hands and general go-getters who coexist under the same roof. Don’t know how to weld? Take a class, learn the basics, build a product and market it — all in the same building. (Read more)
People with different skillsets and abilities are coming together to celebrate the satisfaction and process of making something with your own two hands; and these creations often carry the Steampunk aesthetic. The industrial arts of today and the Industrial Revolution of the 1800s are a match made in heaven!
On so many fronts, Steampunk is a maker-led movement. Not just in the world of arts; prop-makers, costumers, and Indie writers, to name a few, are taking the bull by the horns and doing what they love. You only have to look as far as the Maker Faires that occur all over the country, or the specifically retro-futuristic event, The Steampunk and Maker Fair. So, rather than trying to devote just a single post in the How to Punk Your Steam series to this fantastic DIY movement, I will be spending the entire month of February bringing you resources to help you make your own dreams a reality in whatever medium you love.
If you have pictures or info about anything you have made yourself that you want to share please don’t hesitate to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to post a gallery of creations by readers at the end of the month!
Have a whimsical day