Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017 – Support

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“I read your blog about …”

“Your artwork looks fantastic!”

“These shoes would be great with your outfit.”

“Have you heard about this steampunk book/music/art/movie?”

“You know about steampunk, right? Can you tell me more about …”

Comments and questions about steampunk can come to us from many directions, and it’s particularly nice when they come from supportive family, friends, and coworkers.

They may not be steampunks as well, or even regularly followers of our work, but they know of our interest and obsession passion and their comments are one way of letting us know that they support us.

Those comments not only let us know that they pay any attention at all to us and our interests, but that they are interested enough to pass along things they see to us. Sometimes they just want us to share, sometimes they nudge us to do the sharing.

These supportive people make my life better because their encouragement keeps me going, their interest shows that what I do extends beyond just our community, and that at the very least, they have some interest in the things I participate  in and do in my life.

One of my nieces found my steampunk activites and blogs interesting enough that she created this art work for one of her class assignments.

My Dad reads my blogs and frequently sends me follow up questions and comments about what people say in their interviews.

My sister-in-law’s mother expressed some interest in steampunk things she had seen and wondered if her daughter knew anything about it. The response was “Well, Mom, there’s someone in the family who knows a fair bit…” which led to all kinds of conversations at family get-togethers. it’s fun to chat about our common love of older Victorian style homes.

When I was consulting for the GSN tv show, Steampunk’d, I showed the trailer to co-workers at one of our team meetings. Several people watched the show and we talked about each episode the next morning.

One of those co-workers  made me buy a pair of awesome boots to go with one of my outfits. Okay, maybe it was “strong encouragement”. Or simple validation that I really couldn’t live without them for another second. Whatever. I credit her for helping me build my steampunk wardrobe.

I had a boss once who helped make sure that I could attend all the conventions I was invited to. We worked together to make sure projects kept moving along, that people knew what to do while I was out for a few days, and generally made sure there was no disruption to anyone when I headed out of town each month for a long weekend.

More than once, a friend would contact me about a steampunk author or artist. “Have you read this book?” of “Have you seen this artwork?”, was often followed up by “They are a friend of mine. Would you be interested in talking with them?”  Well, yeah! Interview opportunity!

Some people know of my fondness for tea, and they have been quite helpful and generous in sharing their sources and samples. A certain author turned me onto Strong English Breakfast from England, and another friend shares the most amazing blends that she comes across.

Each of these things is a nice compliment, about our friendship, my interests, and the work I do. How do your family, friends, and co-workers encourage and support your passion in steampunk?

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Published in: on February 20, 2017 at 8:32 pm  Comments (2)  
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Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017 – Perspective

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A peek through a keyhole. Glimpses through the leaves of a tree.  Shadows on a wall. Perspective can be a bit like seeing the world like each of those – narrow, incomplete, and sometimes lacking context. Through our daily experiences, we have the opportunity to expand the field of view for our perspective on things around us.

Steampunk makes our lives better by expanding our perception of “what is” by more rapidly exploring “what could be.”

Steampunk makes us think, and consider alternatives. We learn that there are more options to things than its original purpose. We discover there really are more similarities than differences between us. Sometimes, the many tiny observations we’ve made come together like a puzzle or an un-shattering mirror, and our perceptive gaze is suddenly and irrevocably opened wide.

Our DIY props and accessories take old things, which some see as junk, and give them renewed, if altered, purpose. How often has something caught our eye and we’ve remarked, “I never thought of it that way before”? How often after that have we looked at every day common items and then thought, “That looks like a …” ?

The same thing happens as we meet people with different experiences, backgrounds, and expressions than ours. Maybe we are enticed to try something new, or simply live vicariously through others. Some realize there are steps too far to take, for now. Others get a hint of just how very incomprehensively different life experiences can be, and greet those snapshot views with reactions ranging from anxiety to exuberance, rejection to adoption, aversion to attraction.

Each of those expands our knowledge of what is possible in the world, if we choose to acknowledge it or not. We may not always want to peer into the dark corners, and there are plenty of things to see in the light.

As our perspective broadens, hopefully so too does our understanding, sympathy, and compassion. As we see how the world works, somewhat more clearly, we can be genuinely happy for others without being jealous, more giving without seeking acknowledgement, and supportive without judgment.

Our perspective is not only outwards to the world, but inwards into who we are. We begin to perceive better the hows and whys of our own lives and behaviors. Knowing those things, our expanded comprehension can only help us build more and better connections with others.

How has your own perspective on life and living changed through steampunk?

 

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Published in: on February 19, 2017 at 11:04 am  Comments (1)  
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Steampunk Hands Around the World 2017 – Fashion

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Crisp lines, smooth silhouettes, a flash of jewelry. Magazines and media of today are filled with images of current fashions trends. Shows in Paris and Milan show what the cutting edge trends could be. Hollywood red carpet walks reveal the designer picks of the season.

With steampunk, everything old is new again, and our fashions are almost always eye-catching. Classic lines. Bold silhouettes. Stunning accessories. Our steampunk fashions harken back to looks from the 1800s, with various modern updates and twists. It’s anachronistic compared to today’s mostly casual attire, but comments are often positive and praising. Looking one’s best can garner admiration, respect, and better customer service. I’ve gotten compliments from non-steampunks in the elevator and in the middle of the mall. People request my outfits when I officiate their wedding. Best of all, I feel really comfortable with what I wear.kevin-steampunk-26b

Steampunk fashion has made my life better because I dress better, make more of an effort to look well-kept, and care about the image I project of who I am. Wearing these outfits apparently makes be stand straight with better posture, and while purely subjective, it seems like when I wear a waistcoat on any airline, I’m treated just a bit nicer by everyone (even the TSA).steamcon-2-diana-1

The old saying, “Clothes make the man” might be more accurately stated as “Clothes make the perception of a person”. People who don’t us will apply their judgments and appraisals of us in the heartbeat of a glance. The first impression and their decision how to react/respond to us happens probably before they even realize it. Labels get applied generously and easily.Nova-Jha-1

What might your fashion image say to others? Confident or cocky? Debonair or dandy? Stylish or trendsetting? Free-spirited or just free-wheeling?teslacon2016-lisa-kevin-by-ed-downes

More importantly, what do your fashion choices say to you? How do you feel about yourself in your favorite outfit? Is it like a second skin? Do you ‘own’ your look without doubt or reservation? Are you ready to be flattered by other people’s compliments, and dismiss any jealous criticism?pip-tee-MIGeekScene

How has steampunk fashions made your life better?

 

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Published in: on February 18, 2017 at 1:22 pm  Comments (1)  
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