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15 February 2010 @ 01:06 pm
Masters Student Looking for Steampunk DIYers  
While I've been a member of the LiveJournal community since 2000, this is a new username for my masters thesis research. (If you're concerned about me being a creepster, definitely ask about my personal journal, and I can link you.)

Cross-posted to steampunk_diy.

I'm a graduate student working with Dr Shaowen Bardzell at Indiana University on a project which aims to understand the influence personal identity has on technological appropriation, and vice versa. My case study is the awesome universe of Steampunk.

Why Steampunk?

Steampunk is the perfect blend of both personal identity and appropriation. I'm looking to speak to the following groups of persons involved in the Steampunk culture:
  • Artist; skilled in imaginative, non-functioning art meant for personal satisfaction
  • Cosplayer; skilled in creating imaginative fashion, assuming a fictional identity while dressing the part
  • Inventor; skilled in imaginative, potentially functioning art meant for experimentation and/or exploration
  • Merchant; interested in receiving payment for services and/or products
What is the goal?

The goal is to create a holistic academic understanding of the act of creative appropriation, specifically, how involvement with Steampunk reflects and/or influences your personal identity. A potential outcome could be a design framework to help professionals design for such opportunities.

I hope to observe and/or interview at least two-to-three persons from each of the previously mentioned categories. I hope to observe the creative practices of artists, cosplayers, and inventors. I intend to interview all categories of persons. If you happen to live within 100 miles of Bloomington, IN, I would love to observe your creative practices, if possible.

Have questions?

Feel free to visit my blog, http://siriomi.com/blog to see my thoughts and process.

If you are interested in participating in the study, please contact me. The interview process (and/or observation session) will take approximately one (at most two) hour(s). Interviews will be done through your preference of Skype, GTalk, etc.

I look forward to speaking with you!
Sandycrescentwench on February 17th, 2010 12:53 pm (UTC)
Hi! I'm in bloomington and could fall into the artist or merchant category and do a fair bit of steampunk work. You can check out my work at http://www.mythdemeanor.com . you can contact me at my username at gmail to make arrangements if you're interested.
siriomi on February 18th, 2010 06:24 am (UTC)
Thanks for your reply! I'll be sending you an email shortly from my Indiana University email to set things up.