I am contributing artwork towards a thrilling one night only event at the senational Red Bennies Night Club on Chapel St Prahran. These pieces are specially themed to fit in with the steampunk burlesque events and magic shows on the evening. The reactions to the works have been excellent so far and I am thinking of putting them together into a complete series at a later date!
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction, alternate history, and speculative fiction that came into prominence during the 1980s and early 1990s. Specifically, steampunk involves an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century and often Victorian era Britain—that incorporates prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology or futuristic innovations as Victorians may have envisioned them; in other words, based on a Victorian perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, art, etc. This technology may include such fictional machines as those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne.[From Steampunk – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia]
Other examples of steampunk contain alternative history-style presentations of “the path not taken” for such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace’s Analytical engine.