Art of Steampunk Book, Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contraptions from the Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement

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The Art of Steampunk seeks to celebrate the world of Steampunk: a world filled with beauty and innovation. A world in which steam power and technology intertwine to create machines that are not only functional and practical, but unique and striking. Inside, you will find the fantastical and stunning artwork of Steampunk artists from around the world. The 17 artists featured on these pages, among the frontrunners of the Steampunk genre, have had their work disp at an exhibition at The Museum of History of Science at the University of Oxford, UK and have attracted the media attention of BoingBoing, one of the world largest blogs. Their artwork consists of everything from clocks and watches to light fixtures and jewelry, but every piece demonstrates hours of painstaking work and devotion from its creator. You will find that the artists themselves are just as unique and colorful as their masterpieces. Fully embracing Steampun ideology, many have adopted a Victorian alter ego--a mad scientist persona to match the complicated intricacies of their artwork. The Art of Steampunk br the vision of the Steampunk artist alive on the page, providing a unique insight into the captivating and dynamic world of a vastly underground genre.

  • Author: Donovan, Art
  • Edition: First Edition
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
  • Release Date: 01-08-2011

Details: Product description Dive into the world of Steampunk where machines are functional pieces of art and the design is only as limited as the artist's imagination. Review http://leagueofsteam.com/2011/06/steam-geeks-13/ I love the steampunk genre. Books, movies, pictures, costumes, I avidly follow it all. It was nice that someone took this rapidly expanding genre and compiled a book showing some of the creative things that people have done with this idea. The creations in this book were elegant and worth looking at. I saw an earlier version of the manuscript and the final version is incomparable. The backgrounds really help tie things together and give an overall elegant feel to the book. If I had to choose one word to describe this book, and it describes the steampunk genre as well, it would be FANTASTICAL. Reading through this book made me excited for steampunk again, so much so that I wish my location wasn't so limited and that there were steampunk conventions that I could go to. Since I can't however, reading through this book and looking at the detailed pictures and following up on the creators websites will have to suffice. Even if you are a long time fan or are new to the steampunk genre this is a great book to either fuel your passion or get you started. Well worth my time and enjoyment. The Art of Steampunk is a companion book to an exhibition held by Oxford's Museum of the History of Science in 2009/2010. You can view a lot of the exhibition content online at the museum's website. There are 17 international artists featured in total, with a wide range of backgrounds from engineers to costume designers. The book is well designed and also includes a Steampunk 101 for those of us intrigued by steampunk but not quite sure what it's all about. If you're interested in costume or prop design, I do think this could be a nice addition to your library too. I can't really compare with what else is in the marketplace as I haven't seen many books on the subject myself. Some of the pieces are outright stunning... I think the book shows that it's not just some hobby where people wear a lot of goggles but something that can be art. If I ever win the lottery, I'm commissioning a steampunk clock! " The Art of Steampunk" by Art Donovan is one-of-a-kind. With full color photographs, artist biographical information and an archaeological attention to detail, Steampunk as an art form is explained and fully revealed; in all its' imaginative glory. Art Donovan is the owner of Donovan Design, making handmade lighting fixtures for clients like Tiffany & Co, Bennetti Luxury Yachts and The Four Seasons Resorts. He is a contributor to the Steampunk Home blog and blogs at artdonovan.typepad.com/blog. Art Donovan was also the curator of the Steampunk Exhibition at Museum of the History of Science at the University of Oxford from 2009-2010. This book is a rare look at the exhibitors and their unique, fantastical designs. Using their skills from such diverse careers and backgrounds such as artists to engineers, the 17 artists in this book define and display Steampunk as a lifestyle and medium. Using fine woods, metals and found artifacts; these artists make working and practical usable objects. For example; a fully functional computer, set in a wood casing, turned on by a skeleton key, with appropriate clicks as the key turns; defines the artistry. The attention to details and metalworking is unique to the craft. The designs may be Victorian but the inner workings are most modern. The Steampunk artistry is a look into the past with a vision for the future. Most, if not all of the artists adopt an alter-ego from Victorian times and live the character in full costumed array. Steampunk becomes a lifestyle for the artist, one fully displayed on these pages. I really enjoyed this book. From the costumes, to the artifacts this book held my interest. I wanted to see and touch each design personally. This book allowed me to experience the art form visually while

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