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31 July 2011 @ 01:19 am
I have been interested in steampunk for years, however I had never known anyone around my home town that was into it.  This year I am coordinating a local charity film festival and I want to leave my mark on it.  I want to invite some of you guys who do what I have always wanted to do to come down and help me make this a memorable event for this small town.

It is the Geek Independent Film Festival, .GIF Festival for short.  It is a charity event designed to raise money for the Alexandria Christmas Toy Drive.  Over the last few years, the number of families that need assistance has grown tremendously.  That means the amount of people they have helped has grown.  However, they need more help to fill the requests. 

The festival website is http://giffestival.com  please feel free to check it out.  I would love to hear from you guys.  And thanks for putting up with my request. 
15 December 2010 @ 08:44 am
Hello all!

I just came across this group and I wanted to invite all to the event that the new group, the Steam Punk Society at Indiana University, has coming up. Its entitled steam punk night and its free! Check out our facebook link for details. We are hoping that those of you that have created something can stop by, its from 6-10. Those of you who are making items to sell are most definitely welcome as well!

We're reaching out to get more people in our community involved, and hope you can make you're way out to Bloomington this Friday evening.

11 March 2010 @ 11:14 am
I was wondering if anyone in the area was planning to go to the World Steam Expo in Dearborn, MI at the end of May. It's not very far away, and I'm considering attending as a vendor, but if I do go I'd ideally like to share a room and carpool with someone. My vendor fee would include two admissions, so if someone wanted to come and help out I can spot you your entrance fee and you would only need to split gas/rooming with me.

Anyone interested?
15 February 2010 @ 01:06 pm
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
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23 March 2009 @ 06:18 pm
Greetings and Salutations! I am about to move to Ft Wayne, IN, and am in search of a crew or loose assemblage of like-minded persons to join. Would any of you intrepid adventurers be interested in meeting up? I am not averse to a bit of travel should the circumstances require it.
22 October 2008 @ 11:39 pm
I am located in Indianapolis and am interested in maybe having some sort of meet-up. I have a good friend who works at the Morris-Butler House, an 1865 historic home that is open to the public as a museum, and she has told me that they currently have an exhibit about mourning on display. They also do period teas, and if we can demonstrate sufficient interest, they would be interested in holding one just for us! In order to figure out cost, I need to be able to give her an estimate of attendance, though, so.... who would be up for it? What times work for you all?

There is also the Ayers tea room at the Indiana State Museum, which would probably be a cheaper tea ($10), so perhaps there could be a Morris-Butler tour followed by Ayers tea afternoon combo. So that is another option.

So... is there any interest to be had here in the fine state of Indiana?

P.S. While we are on a museum kick, Conner Prairie, a living history museum here, is planning a 1856 balloon exhibit for mid-2009. Airship pirates, strap on your goggles.
13 October 2008 @ 12:48 pm
Attention all artists!

I can't wait for Conflation to update its website. Dates seem to be February 20-22nd, 2009. Conflation is an adults-only (21+) SF/F convention in St. Louis, MO (USA).

Conflation's theme this year is "Steampunk". I am seeking out local artists to assist in the decoration of the event. For the dance, I intend to turn each table into a display area for a different piece of Steampunk Art. I may also wish to utilize larger pieces to decorate the con itself. I am interested in three dimensional sculpture, adaptation of electronic equipment, ray guns, cases-full-of-interesting-things, and even framable art. Wearable art will likely be worn, but if you have multiple pieces, we do have display heads for hats, ocular devices, etc.

So far, I believe that I have had a positive response from Steve Swope, Jen Patton, and Joshua Hart. If you are interested in having your art shown, please let me know as soon as possible. I want to be able to know what we have before I design the rest of the decorations. I especially need to know if your piece of art requires a power source, special lighting, careful handling, etcetera.

Here are the things I need to know from everyone (feel free to copy and paste the form into an email.) You may respond here, or directly to me via LJ message.

Name of Artist:
Alias of Artist (character name):
Title of the piece:
Brief description of the piece:
Materials Used: (optional, most of these will be "mixed media" but feel free to brag.)
Approximate size of the piece (footprint):
Need special lighting?
Need electrical outlet?
Need special stand/frame/platform?
Is the piece interactive? (Can random people touch it?)
Does the piece need to be kept free of touching hands? (such as in a glass case or behind velvet rope)
Is the piece for sale?
Your Contact Information:

If you have a wonderful piece of steampunk art that you have purchased from another artist, and wish to display it, please fill out the above form and add the line "Owner" and give your name there.

But wait, there's more!
Friday night at the event I will be putting on a Burlesque show, in the grand old tradition of low-brow comedic parody of current media. (With hoochie-coochie girls!)
I have several sketches written and need performers and additional sketches. I may have to put together a separate list for that show.
So far I have about ten people interested (but not yet committed) to the project.

Sketches planned (so far) include:
Fan of La Mancha (a brief musical parody)
Peril (A Parlor Game enacted for your entertainment by local celebrated gentlemen.)
Handi-Bra (A commercial announcement)
Curious Cat Clothing (commercial Announcement)
Take Back Your Mink (Kukla and the Debutantes)
Alley Cat Review (special appearances)
Grease Monkey (a Cinderella Story, as yet unwritten and uncast.)
Bob's Butt Goggles (Commercial announcement)

If you are interested in participating in the Burlesque show, please let me know right away. We will likely begin rehearsals in January, which gives us approximately six weeks to put the show together. I may wish to finalize casting before Christmas...
28 September 2008 @ 09:44 pm
You are cordially invited to the second annual Mad Scientists' Tea Party at Archon on Friday afternoon (October 3rd) at 4pm in the hospitality suite.

Katarina Glockenspiel and friends are hosting tea in the convention space as an opportunity for time travelers, dirigible pilots, genius inventors, trance mediums to the Deus Ex Machina, Sky Pirates, educated ladies, clock-workers, coin-operated boys, and other fans of the golden age of steam to gather. We will confer, converse, and otherwise hobnob over biscuits, tea, and similar delicacies. Guests are encouraged to bring something delicious to share, and a tea cup/saucer if possible. (Some teacups will be provided by the hostess.)

Wear your finery, and please feel free to bring inventions, apparatuses, art pieces, or music to share. (Ipod-ready speakers will be available.)

I have been assured that Archon will have additional Steampunk themed programming as well.

As a side note, there will also be a Nerf battle some time during the convention. I've seen quite a few Nerf Maverick pistols that have been "modded", so now is the perfect time to don your big game hunting gear and join in on the fun! As a word of warning, be prepared to peace-bond any weaponry during your tour through the halls of the convention. As an precaution, one may wish to carry the weaponry in a small valise or satchel until inside the approved area for the Nerf Battle. Prizes may be awarded to the most attractively modified weapons!
20 August 2008 @ 11:11 pm
Although I've known Steampunk fashion has existed for some time now, I have never been into it. Until very recently, that is! I'm quite thoroughly obsessed with it now - and I have been thinking of decorating my craft area (future craft area - I just bought a house) in some sort of steampunk/mad scientist fashion. I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions on how to go about this? Thanks!
I cannot go to this, alas, but in case any of you all can: the Pioneer Engineers Club of Indiana is holding their Antique Steam and Gas Show in Rushville, IN, a four day event starting at 9 AM on Friday. Only $5 for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. There will be a Parade of Engines at 2 PM each day, and on Saturday evening there will be "a spark show, which is a way to use a steam engine to generate 'fireworks'." Sounds exciting. You can get details from the horse's mouth here.