Steampunk Hands 2016 – Bruce Rosenbaum’s Victorian Organ Command Desk

steampunk_hands_Stefan HolzhauerEvery hard working steampunk needs a place to work, be a workshop, a sewing table, or a blank canvas. For me, more often than not, it’s a computer, and while I’ll sometimes work with a laptop actually on my lap, it’s much easier to have a solid surface to work on. It might be a drafting table, the dining room table, or an actual desk, but if I could choose just one work surface for my computer, it would have to be Bruce Rosenbaum’s Victorian Organ Command Desk.

Jake Von Slatt has a great blog post about the details and components of the desk.

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The overall design and appearance of the desk is just stunning and incredibly creative. All the modern electronics are there, just hidden or artistically incorporated.

My favorite features of the desk are the speakers, built into horn speakers mounted on cast iron stanchions, the keyboard, and the organ pipes as the backdrop.

It’s the kind of desk which would fit right in any entrepreneur’s office in a steampunk story. Or an Ambassador’s office J

If you need a stylish and inspiring place to work, this desk just be one of your favorites, too.


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Published in: on February 21, 2016 at 8:22 pm  Comments (1)  
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Steampunk Hands 2016 – Night Flight

steampunk_hands_ Araceli_RodríguezSome steampunks are never far from their airships, and as the Airship Ambassador, that is so true for me J

One of the airship images gracing the walls of my living room is Night Flight by Pacific Northwest artist Aimee Stewart.

Nightflight

What first captivates my attention is the contrasting colors – bright yellows against the darker reds and calmer blues. Next is the exposed design work of the gondola, clearly the command center but no less artistic than a steampunk transport would demand. Last, but by no means least, is the captain standing by cargo trucks, ready for the next flight as the ship bellows plumes of steam.

Aside from being seen at conventions, this image was widely seen as the backdrop by millions of viewers of the 2015 GSN reality show Steampunk’d each week as the participants filed in to be judged on their work.

If an airship motif, engaging colors, and a narrative image might be of interest, then Night Flight, and Aimee’s other images, might become a favorite of yours, as well.


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Published in: on February 21, 2016 at 8:16 pm  Comments (1)  
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Steampunk Hands 2016 – The Past Future

steampunk_hands_El_investigadorThe artwork in our steampunk community has such an impact in helping us better visualize what a steampunk world, in so many variations, could be like.

Another one of my very favorite images is The Past Future by Vadim Voitekhovitch.

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For me, this work captures the intersection and rapid transition of technology, innovation, and society that could happen in the steampunk stories we read. At one end, there are people walking, the oldest and most basic form of personal transport. Then the horse and carriage which was prevailing means of moving cargo and groups of people for hundreds of years. The steam locomotive was new in the early 1800s, and towering above everything is the airship, using the technology of steampunk fiction.

While this could be seen as a classist transportation scenario, divided by who can afford each level of mobility, I see it as a society and culture engaging with all that is available to them. For some it would be amazement at each new rapid and evolving development, for others it would be parallel perceptions of the known comfortable past and the new exciting future at hand.

Prints are not available for many of Vadim’s work, and this is sadly true for The Past Future. Still, we can be thankful that he has posted it on his DeviantArt account where we can still enjoy it. Vadim did produce two calendars with his prints in 2014 and 2015, and while now long sold out, they might be (not easily) found on the secondary markets.

If you enjoy airships painted in a seemingly natural setting, then Vadim’s work might be of favorite interest to you, too.


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Published in: on February 21, 2016 at 8:12 pm  Comments (1)  
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