We’d recently been to the opening of the Antipodean Steampunk Show at the Tweed Regional Art Gallery, and met some very appropriately dressed people, who mentioned the SteamFest Australia event at Ipswich. We’d never been to Ipswich (about 40 km south-west of Brisbane) so thought we’d give it a go. We’d enjoyed James Blaylock’s fantasy books and Victorian era sci-fi, and the whole steampunk look is very creative.
Steampunk is a subculture celebrating the British Victorian era and ‘weird science’ – think H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Victorian and early Edwardian (1800s to 1910-ish) technology and fashion and music melded with the modern. Wild West-era USA also counts. It’s a lot more positive than cyberpunk or goth, which take a generally dystopian view. Steampunk’s been around since the 1980s, so if you use your favourite search engine you’ll find lots of websites and photos devoted to it.
In the meantime, here are some photos of the yesterday’s Ipswich event.
For more on Otto and Victoria (above), click here.
Well done, folks! You can see Andrew’s take on SteamFest here.