I love steampunk! It allows me to take new technology and make it look as though it is from a different era.
I live in Australia in the Blue Mountains and moved here from the UK in 1983.
I became involved in Steampunk by accident in 2011. One day I went to a flea market and found a brass gramophone horn for sale, so I bought it. I put it away and completely forgot about it. Then one day my partner came across it, while spring cleaning, and asked me what I wanted it for, it was a piece of junk to be given to an op shop. So I said, stupidly, I am making you a birthday present with it. This intrigued her and I panicked!
I had no idea what to do with it....but...I have tinkered around with electronics off and on for years, so I thought maybe I could build her a music player. An amplifier with a difference, something she could plug her iPhone or iPad into and it would play her music collection.
So I went to the markets again and found an old cutlery box which I thought could house the amplifier.....thus was the birth of the iPhonograph which you can see on this website. She was so impressed with it and entered it onto three competitions and won first prize in all three!
It was then I came across a Steampunk artist named Datamancer. This was the first time I had heard of Steampunk and how the name was coined. I am a great admirer of his work, he was an extraordinary Steampunk artist.
Since that time I have made many pieces for friends, family and commissions. I love the idea that I can take modern equipment and make it look like it has come from a different era. It also becomes less of a throw-away piece of equipment. People are more likely to keep the pieces I make because they are a statement in and of themselves.
To learn a little bit more about how this term Steampunk came about, please read my other page: What is Steampunk?
The photograph above, is me holding my arms out and King parrots feeding off of my hands which contained sunflower seeds.