I believe that Steampunk is more than just brass and watchparts. It's finding a way to combine the past and the future in an aesthetic pleasing yet still punkish way. It's living a life that looks old-fashioned, yet speaks to the future. It's taking the detritus of our modern technological society and remaking it into useful things. Join me as I search for items for my house that combine the scientific romanticism of the Victorians with our real present and imagined future.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Steampunk for Kids
I just finished reading Flotsam, a children's picture book by David Wiesner.
It's wonderful. It tells the story of magical undersea worlds inhabited by cities floating on turtle backs, blowfish hot air balloons, octopuses reading the paper in their living rooms with lamps made from electric fish. All without a single word.
It may not sound very steampunk, but trust me when I say it is.
You can buy it at Amazon, if you are so inclined.
(tip of the hat to The Practical Archivist -- a great source if you are trying to preserve your family history documents)
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