With the Steampunk genres infiltration of mainstream media, many artists of the movement are seeing their work lost in the explosion of new Steampunk art. The Lost Treasures of Steampunk, the newest program initiated by the Steampunk World’s Fair, is designed to prevent these works from being overlooked by sharing them with the greater Steampunk community. Steampunk creators are seeking to gain legitimacy as artists and the Lost Treasures will work to prove that legitimacy. Selected applicants will have their work featured at the Steampunk World’s Fair this coming May, and more will be awarded scholarships to further their artistic endeavors.
Event organizers are devoted to bringing this program to life by utilizing fundraising and a portion of the fairs budget for its success. Event creator Jeff Mach explains, “We’d like to prove that Steampunk is not only a legitimate artistic genre, but an intensely creative one, as well.” As head of an event that attracts the attention of Steampunks nationwide, he has witnessed innumerable creative endeavors that don’t get the attention they deserve. This inspired Mach to put together the Lost Treasures of Steampunk, for which creators of all steampunk art, from fashion to literature, are urged to apply.
Besides the Lost Treasures of Steampunk to look forward to, this year’s Steampunk World’s Fair will be packed with pleasures. Steampunk is a genre best described by author K.W. Jeter as “mad Victorian fantasy”. Over 3,000 Steampunk enthusiasts are brought together at the World’s Fair each year along with hundreds of performers, artisans, writers, and creators from across the country. But the fair is not solely reserved for the loudest fans; anyone with the least bit of interest in Steampunk is invited to pop on a top hat and join the masses in celebration of steampunk and its artistic culture.
A intern for this fair got in touch and asked if I’d like to do a blog post on it—and who could resist! I’m just bummed that there’s no way I’ll be going *grin*. Steampunk along with Dystopian novels are the new up & coming styles in writing, so have a peek at their site (click on the picture, it links right through) and if anyone gets to go I’d love to hear about it!