I’ve fallen in love and I’ve fallen hard. I’ve found something that inspires lustful feelings and has triggered my acquisitive nature. I love steampunk. I love all aspects of steampunk…the books, the jewelry, the decorative style, even the clothing…and I blame this love affair completely on Jen of Cakewrecks and EPBOT fame. What’s steampunk you ask? Courtesy of Google…”Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and speculative fiction, frequently featuring elements of fantasy, that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. A subgenre of Alternate History; this generally deals with advanced technology in the altered past.” One of my friends on Facebook said “Typically, steampunk novels are set in and around Victorian times, but it pretends that electricity never took off and that steam-powered technology took hold. There are all kinds of fantastic gadgets, contraptions, and transport. Sometimes, it crosses over into the paranormal, but not necessarily so. Think “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and you’ll have steampunk. Or that Will Smith movie set in the west with the giant spider robot vehicles.” Steampunk is also very much a style of both dress and decoration. Take a look at these pictures.
I first stumbled across steampunk on EPBOT about a year ago…when I was still in recovery from BlogHer ’10. Jen put up a post called Jen’s Procrastination Station and featured the most amazing secret knock detecting garage door opener
You can read more about it here.
and she posted a picture of the most gorgeous steampunk computer desk
|photo from the house tour linked to in the blog|
which was a teaser for an entire house decorated in steampunk goodness. Click on that link…go take the virtual tour…you won’t regret it. Since then, Jen has posted steampunk jewelry and steampunk gadgets and, the more I see of it, the more I like it. Then, less than a month ago, Jen posted a picture that sent me over the edge. She posted pictures of a steampunk laptop…yes, really, a fully functional HP laptop redone in steampunk finery.
|photos via EPBOT and Datamancer|
If you want to see bigger, better, more lust inducing pictures check out Datamancer’s site. His work is simply stunning and he even sells the kits so you can redo your desktop keyboard in steampunk finery.
Sadly, my favorite examples of steampunk goodness, the laptop and the house, are way beyond my financial means. However, Jen’s blog EPBOT offers tutorials and how to’s that will satisfy my need to bring steampunk decor into my life. She recently posted a tutorial on how to make your own steampunk goggles and she’s promising a tutorial for the ray gun in this picture too…
|photo courtesy of Jen/EPBOT and her husband, John|
So, do you like the steampunk look? Would you ever consider decorating a room (or more) in that style? Do you think I’m crazy for loving it so much? And, what is something you have developed a deep and abiding love for?