Archive for the ‘DIY’ Category

Splendid Teapot Racing

Sep
29

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Several weeks ago, I was invited to join or like a Facebook page for Splendid Teapot Racing. It’s a steampunk group for mounting teapots on remote control car chasses and running the contraption through an obstacle course. It looks to …

Get Up (I Feel Like Making A) Sex Machine

Aug
25

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Victorians found better living through mechanical engineering with the introduction of the vibrator. Physicians used Joseph Mortimer Granville’s percusser, aka Granville’s Hammer, to treat female hysteria via paroxysm. In other words, women got vibrated to orgasm. Steampunk and DIY culture …

Victorian Gothic & Steampunk Magazine Kickstarter

Apr
29

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The joke goes steampunk is what happens when goths discover brown. Put the black back on because Victorian Gothic & Steampunk Magazine is looking to go corporeal! The magazine has been available digitally and print-to-order and now is running a …

Janet Berres: Mistress of the Tarot

Feb
10

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Professional tarot reader Janet Berres can often be found at the gatherings of the steampunk mystics The Owen Society for Hermetic & Spiritual Enlightenment. She opened her home to their Yule gathering this past December, where she keeps her …

Steampunks to Gear up at Chicago’s Airship Harbor

Apr
10

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Steampunks are used to dressing up, going antiquing, and having adventures, and often dancing into the night. Seldom though do we meet up over drinks and coffee, share ideas, tell stories, and keeping things moving in the scene. That’s why …

League of STEAM kicks off their third season with a new Kickstarter!

Sep
26

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I first met the members of The League of STEAM at Steam-Con Two about what feels like ten or fifteen hundred years ago (though I think it was actually only three).  They immediately grabbed me, literally grabbed me, and introduced …

Local Maker Makes Good: Joe Budka’s Pagoda Studios

Mar
19

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Joe Budka is a sculptor, woodworker, stage manager, tinkerer and maker. He founded Pagoda Studios, Inc. (customfurniturechicago.org) to design and  fabricate, and to restore antiques. He is active behind the scenes at Steampunk Chicago (and on stage in …

Eliza Rickman’s New Video Kickstarter

Feb
25

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Here at Steampunk Chicago we’re long standing fans of Ms. Eliza Rickman, having written about her in the early days of our website.  As it turns out she’s now working on a new music video to follow up her …

Tribune Does Not Declare Steampunk Dead!

Jan
15

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In the January 13 Chicago Tribune Magazine article “Punked,” Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz makes a tongue in cheek point about the mainstreaming of steampunk style. ModVic provides salvaged home-restoration. Sherwin-Williams has announced a line of steampunk-inspired colors. Justin Bieber’s Christmas video is …

The White City Rippers Release Old-Timey Mad Scientist Music EP

Dec
17

Releasing music is not magical.  You don’t need some record label A&R rep discovering your band and signing you over to the label’s indentured servitude. It’s all business. If you want to record, you book time in a …