Steampunk and Other Beasts

February 22, 2014

Steampunk. Have you ever heard?

Randie Feil Mezzotints, Paintings and Sculpture

Wiwaxia steampunkus (2011)

 

Well, me, being an advanced culture-consumer, I’ve heard. I’ve read and loved Robert Rankin’s novels, many of which fall into that genre.

Robert Rankin Facebook photoalbum

Rankin with a Raygun

But that was the extent of my familiarity with the Steampunk. What is it, I hear you ask. Many things apparently, all of which have something to do with the “Victorian fantasies” and “based on the appropriate technology of the era”, – according to K.W Jeter who minted the term.

Infernal Devices by K W Jeter

Infernal Devices by K W Jeter

Right until 10 minutes ago I didn’t know that Steampunk was not only literary art movement, but visual, televisual, videogamisual and design and fashion too. Rich!

Steampunk fashion

“Anatomy of Steampunk The Fashion of Victorian Futurism”

Why am I even going on about it? Because, expectedly, as I was looking for something else (mezzotint), I found a symbiosis of that and, unexpectedly, Steampunk here: Randie Feil – A Steampunk Bestiary: Raven, Trilobite, Wiwaxia, and Hallucigenia.

randie feil steampunk art

Steampunk Trilobite