Once upon a time, I had a career in Historic Preservation. I was an architectural historian and historian, and while I worked on almost every conceivable type of building, landscape, district, and structure -- I found myself drawn to industrial buildings and structures like textile mills and bridges. Maybe that is why I am so fascinated by the Steampunk trend in scrapping. It reminds me of a time when huge, noisy, smoking machines were housed in vast buildings with lavish architectural details and when bridges were works of art and not just a way to get across water.
Steampunk to me is the iron fist in the velvet glove, a steel magnolia, it is, well it is the movie The Wild, Wild West with Kenneth Branagh wearing a brocade waistcoat while manuevering his outlandish mechanical inventions. It is chainlink and pearls, gears with jewels, it is wings on things that were never meant to fly. Steampunk is hard and soft, vintage and futuristic. I may never really master Steampunk as a scrapping style, but I am sure going to have fun trying!
|This is my first foray into Steampunk as I braved the Steampunk Challenge on Scrapbook.com in July -- Prima paintable, lots of Tim Holtz distress ink, transparency of an industrial scene, metal elements from Flamingo Scraps Steampunk/Vintage grab bag, distressed, embellished, and inked picture is of my great grandmother|
Since then I have been experimenting with different materials and textures to create Steampunk embellishments of my own!
|My experiments in Steampunk Embellishments!|
|Ranger metal slide mount frame with glass plates and keepsake pocket insert -- vintage image of gears with tiny gears in the pocket and a gear on a jump ring and torn strip of silk for finishing touches|
|Similar embellie with shell image, tiny shells in pocket, and shell on curled wire and vintage lace|