Even before we started Purple Orchid crafts i was interested in the world of Steampunk. Over the last few years it seems to have become more and more into the light and much more accepted than it used to be. Many people have not heard of Steampunk yet it has been around for such a long time ( the amount of films that you watch and see hints of it ) . Many look at you gone out when you try and explain about it and what it is, so for thoses who dont know here a bits of blurb that explains a bit more
"Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power. Steampunk perhaps most recognizably features anachronistic technologies or retro-futuristic inventions as people in the 19th century might have envisioned them, and is likewise rooted in the era's perspective on fashion, culture, architectural style, and art. Such technology may include fictional machines like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or the modern authors Philip Pullman, Scott Westerfeld, and China Mieville. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of such technology as lighter-than-air airships, analog computers, or such digital mechanical computers as Charles Babbage and Ada Lovelace's Analytical Engine.
Steampunk may also, though not necessarily, incorporate additional elements from the genres of fantasy, horror, historical fiction, alternate history, or other branches of speculative fiction, making it often a hybrid genre. The term steampunk's first known appearance was in 1987, though it now retroactively refers to many works of fiction created even as far back as the 1950s or 1960s."
So does that make it any more clear............ hmmmmm maybe .... maybe not. The way we see it is incorporating steam, cogs, the Victorian times, heavy engineering with that of today’s technology. if you Google Steampunk, look at the images tab you will soon find yourself looking at the art, fashion and inventiveness of what people create
One of the first items that we created in the style of steampunk were cog pendants, clock parts, and resin ( top pictures and to the left ) . Before we moved into the world of glass, resin jewellery items were great fun to make , trapping items of interest in resin and seeing what we could make with it. We found lots of people enjoyed taking an interest in them and talking about the items we had made.