• Steampunk Era
    Steampunk

    Steampunk Era

    Steampunk is one of the most fascinating artistic movements in the world. It is a sub-culture of science fiction that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by the Victorian Era inventions and culture. Important figures in that era including literary giants like H.G. Wells envisioned how the future might have looked like and those imaginations served as the basis for steampunk. In this post, we’re going to explore the influence the Victorian Era had on steampunk and how it’s evolved to what it is today.  Victorian Era of Innovations The second industrial revolution was at its heights in the mid-1800s to early 1900s. New technologies emerged – ones that have…

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    Gifts,  Steampunk

    Octopus Gifts

    Octopus gifts are popular with steampunk lovers as this fabulous creature represents the industrial revolution. It could be to do with the way that it moves mechanically or appears to be wearing steampunk goggles! They also influenced the Kracken – the giant mythical sea monster of Norweigan folklore and fantasy. But lets get technical about tentacles….Octopuses have arms not tentacles. That’s because tentacles only have suckers at the ends whereas appendages that have suckers going all the way up are called arms. Squid and cuttlefish have 2 tentacles and 8 arms. My D&D playing scientist husband has just put me right on that one. So don’t get your tentacles in…

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    Steampunk

    My 10 Best Steampunk Novels

    Today I’m here to give you a run down of my best steampunk novels including Journey to the Centre of the Earth, Boneshaker and 20,000 Leagues under the Sea! My 10 Best Steampunk Novels Journey to the Centre of the Earth ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ or, initially, Voyage au Centre de la Terre was published in 1864 having been written by French author, Jules Verne. It was later reprinted in 1867 after being revised and expanded. The novel follows geology professor, Otto Lidenbrock and his nephew Axel. They discover an ancient document and, after translating it, they discover a dormant volcano with a secret entrance. This leads…

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    Steampunk Disney

    You may not realise it, but Steampunk Disney is everywhere! There are elements of steampunk in Disney movies such as Malificent, cosplay including steampunk Alice in Wonderland and of course in the Disney Parks – the original Disneyland in Anaheim, California being my favourite. I hope you love our steampunk Disney guide as much as my aunty Deb – she is the BIGGEST Disney fan I know!!! 20,000 Leagues under the Sea One of the most well-known steampunk movies of all time is actually a Disney movie. Based on the novel by Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea was released by Disney in 1954. The plot consists of an…

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    Steampunk

    Origins of Steampunk

    Welcome steampunkers, today we are discussing the origins of steampunk. Join me of this journey in my time machine as I take you through the history of steampunk from it’s literary origins to modern developments. Literary Origins of Steampunk Steampunk essentially started out as a literary subgenre in the 1970s. The inspiration for this sub-genre comes from as far back as the 19th century, the Victorian era, with authors such as Mary Shelley and H.G. Wells. Authors during this time period frequently wrote about the technology due to the rise in steam powered machinery. The steam-powered machinery inspired the writers to think about the evolution of this machinery, and how…

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    Steampunk

    Steampunk Festivals

    Follow my blog with Bloglovin The steampunk movement seems to be growing year on year! There are some fantastic steampunk festivals that take place annually where people can dress in their favourite steampunk clothing and show off their style. Some people simply go to admire the fashion and costumes of others. But let me tell you this – there are no limits. Some even show up in their blimp or time machine! Here are the best steampunk festivals around the world…. Steampunk Festivals UK The most popular steampunk festivals are Assylum in Lincoln, the Whitby stemapunk festival and the recently growing Time Quake Steampunk festival in Manchester. Lincoln Asylum Festival…

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    Clothing,  Steampunk

    Steampunk Clothing

    Fashion is a core part of the steampunk movement. Steampunk clothing is often inspired by the industrial revolution and combined with mock-Victorian fashion to create clothing that’s full of nods to the upper class (top hats, silk dresses, waistcoats) and then pokes fun at the whole system by adding a punky, working class twist (goggles, work boots). We love to add a little steampunk fashion to our everyday attire, or dress up fully for steampunk conventions or parties, or just the hell of it! Here’s our list of steampunk essentials, and what really makes them ‘tick’! Steampunk Clothing – Unisex Let’s start with the unisex stuff: Firstly, a classic: goggles!…

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    Clothing,  Steampunk

    What is Steampunk fashion?

    Steampunk is one of my favourite cosplay genres. But what is the history of Steampunk? What is Steampunk Fashion? Introduction to Steampunk Fashion Steampunk originally started in the 1970s as a sub-genre of science fiction that incorporated aspects of the Victorian era (1837-1901) into novels based in an alternative reality. Although people now date the Steampunk genre as starting further back, with some including authors such as H.P. Lovecraft and Mary Shelley due to their obvious contribution to the inspiration for the Steampunk genre. Many Steampunk novels incorporate steam-powered machinery and technology into an aesthetically pleasing design. Novels such as Frankenstein envisioned what future technology may look like with the…

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    Gothic,  Steampunk

    Gothic Steampunk

    Gothic steampunk is a subculture within a subculture: within the steampunk movement there are several niches, including gothic steampunk, fantasy steampunk and wild west steampunk. These niches often borrow from other, non-steampunk subcultures- in this instance the gothic. Gothic steampunk is usually darker (both physically and metaphorically) than just steampunk and the clothing is usually black and lacy whilst still including classic steampunk elements such as top hats and goggles. Both gothic and steampunk fashions often feature corsets, so gothic steampunks often have a good selection to look through.  Because of the nature of the subculture, it’s difficult to categorize anything as specifically steampunk, gothic or gothic steampunk. Therefore, one…