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What is Steampunk?

For this month's art auction, the ladies of Femme Thou Art Collective will be creating pieces of art inspired by the theme 'Steampunk'.

Steampunk is based in an alternate world to our own, where technology is still in the industrial age of steam power. It can be set in the Victorian era, Wild West, or even the future. Some examples would be: instead of digital clocks, you have old fashioned grandfather clocks, with gears and cogs, and all that good stuff; it's a melding of old technology with modern inventions and ideas.

Here are some examples of various 'artists around the web''s imaginings of the Steampunk world:

For example, a coal powered airplane. Artwork by Michal Kwolek
Steampunk Laptop by Richard Datamancer Nagy
The characters that populate the steampunk world are usually gentlemen and ladies, who are dressed for grand adventures in the steam powered world.

Such as this Sky Captain. Artwork by Nicholas Kole
Victorian Steam Punk Girl. Artwork by Brigid Ashwood
Angler Fish Submarine. Artwork by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Poe. Artwork by Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Artwork by Enys Guerrero
Artwork by Brian Kesinger

Artwork by Gwendolyn Basala
Artwork by Meredith Dillman
Artwork by Silvia Sigrid Sillaots

Artwork by Rossana Castellino 
Well I hope these beautiful pieces of art have inspired you as much as me! Make sure to check out each artist's site to see more of their beautiful work.

I'll leave you with some inspiring word prompts:

Brass, Aviator, Golden Compass, Clockwork, The Time Machine, Billowing Steam, Pipes, Impossible Machines, Flying Machines, Victorian Steam Couture, Sky Captain.

For more detailed information on the Steampunk genre, check out Wikipedia's Steampunk page