Tuesday, November 19, 2013

a vest, a button, a gear, a black flower, a brown hat, goggles...

Steampunk & Makers Fair 2013
Cite des Arts
Lafayette Science Museum
InventureWorks at The Vault (AcA)

9 November 2013

link to Steampunk and Makers Fair webpage...

link to Lafayette Science Museum webpage...

"Part costume play, science & county fair, and part something entirely new, The Steampunk & Makers Fair is an all-ages festival by Cite des Arts & Lafayette Science Museum, showcasing & celebrating Science, Technology, Education, Art and Mathematics."

link to InventureWorks at The Vault (AcA)...

"One of the premier innovation Pitch events of the South, InventureWorks will again host THE VAULT during the way cook 'Steampunk and Maker's Fair' hosted by the Lafayette Science Museum and Cite' des Arts.

What's a Steampunk and Maker's Fair? Find out HERE ."

Steampunk and Makers Fair 2013 Poster - Steampunk Owl

This year's Festival Poster
Art by Lance LeBlanc
It was also a T-shirt
all the men's in black in this design sold out--I know I was there
but there were other men's in brown in another design that are left
(see below...go to Merch on the Webpage & Order Ya' One...
until they reorder the black ones--then order that too...)

link to Lance LeBlanc Design webpage...

Logo on tan T

First Question Answered...

What is Steampunk?
answered by GD Falksen here - Steampunk 101...
(I must read his book & soon...The Ouroboros Cycle...)
link to GD Falksen's book - The Ouroboros Cycle...

Steampunk does not mean 'just glue some gears' on it...
(I sewed mine--hah hah?!)

My Steampunk bits
for the 'creation'
(next year there will be more - no time with moving for an entire outfit...
so there is a hat & there is a vest & there will be a Steampunk tee-shirt under it & voila...)

gears and buttons--Oh My...

in the beginning there was a button...

an aside...the Steampunk jewelry (in part, last year was a Nautical Octupus)
Arts Kinetic earrings (from watch parts - j'adore Forrest)
a propellor ring...that--eee...turns!!
(0_o sorry can't find the business card for the vendor lady who made it)

link to Arts Kinetic...

the brown hat
the goggles (thank you Le Garage--NOLA)
some feathers on a lovely handcrafted headband
a felt ribbon
a lovely (new) antique looking pair of tiny birdie scissors
gears & buttons

Link to Le Garage Yelp Page--don't find a webpage...

vest detail
a paisley one found on a sale rack mind you
(as you add all the rest it ain't cheap no mo)
where I've put the eyeglasses magnifiers
(instead of on the hat or my glasses or the goggles...
on a clip can be moved for variety--where to go next year...
thanks Jim for giving up your 2nd pair!!)

why a fish button
all I can say is I'm a Pisces so I gotta have a fish
or water or an octopus or a seashell or something
watery/fishy...sand...a beach...


Cite des Arts
Steampunk Art Exhibit
and it's Downtown Art Walk Saturday as well

link to Cite des Arts webpage...

link to Cite des Arts Facebook page...

The Collaboration, Repetition, Experimentation Exhibit
which I am not sure between who & who

I just know I Love the Street Art aspect of it all
since recently there was an arrest of a Street Artist
this perhaps is a FAB solution
bring Street Art inside, collaborate with Indoor Art
it's safer that way
it could broaden the audience too

I met one of the collaborators
that let me run off with the little industrial man stencil on cardboard at the front door
love it as much as any other pieces of art on my wall
still contemplating how to frame it or if I'll frame it

Steampunk and Makers Fair's photo.

found them out on Facebook...
It's Herbert Leavitt & Abed Balbeis
(but I can't say now which one I met
who said I could have this, but I thank them again!!)

a fish...eee...
in a dress...hmm...
in a caution triangle...huh...

"This is a three person show Consisting of two Artist. the third Person being A Collaboration of the two. the show is mostly inspired by graffiti and street art. Consisting of stencils, prints or a combination of the two on cardboard and other recycled materials. This work is about experimentation, collaboration and repetition. the hasmat figure is symbolic of overprotection and isolation, and various forms. the figure...in symbolic of that. The Vetruvian figure is an icon of Perfection, much of the work involves him being...or modified. Sending a message about the nature of human imperfection. The reoccuring figure of the open mouth is about speaking your mind. recognizing the power of words and ideas, exercising the right of free speech. while acknowledging words as weapons. Generally the work is an experiment with ideas and images. it's a work in progress."

 (note: as is my translation--a work in progress...or at least my attempt at reading their writing on their poster...forgive me if I've missed a few words or typed them wrong...I still get the idea--how 'bout you...)

I think it's 'binary'
anyone read 'binary code' ??


Jim's calling this an experiment
I think it's a fine one
I wanted to keep one of these
couldn't decide which one
one printed on canvas
one printed on glass and canvas
but he says I can 'have' one
'cause I'm the Bestest Volunteer
Wardrobe Mistress Sometime Props Master
Kindness abounds in this theater
I'll make a Donation instead...mwah hah hah... ;-))

link to more about Jim Phillips on Linked In...
(note: I didn't know he was a photographer too...Renaissance Man ring a bell?!)


the 'real' Steampunk 'real' Art
that comes with a price
Ooo...can I afford a Louisiana Art Souvenir to move with...hmm...

these two I think are my Fav (before I change my mind I snapped a pic of them)

Tom Secrest: Whimsy & Mastry of the Different Worlds

I love that--whimsy...different worlds...am none too sure about mastry (of like anything)

Note: this is what was written about him back in 2010 at an Art Walk Exhibit in AcA...

Tom Secrest: Realm of Subconscious

"Tom Secrest, a Louisiana-based artist, has always accompanied his work as a printmaker with numerous drawings and paintings. Incredibly creative, the artist has thousands of notebooks containing his work. Embracing the fantastic and psychological over the real, Secrest’s influences include such varied imagery as the early illustrations of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by John Neill, childhood storybooks like Journeys Through Bookland and the plethora of images employed by the celebration of Halloween. Since childhood, he has used artwork as a means of escaping his surroundings and to, as the artist describes, "…fall into my own form of ‘Neverland’ or down Alice’s rabbit hole.”

(note: can't find a webpage, facebook, twitter, tumblr...where oh where are his images...)

Link to his Artist Statement for Steampunk and Makers Fair on 9 Nov 2013...
Art Opening for Tom Secrest Nov. 9th | KATC.com | Acadiana-Lafayette, Louisiana

another link to this Artist Statement if that one above doesn't work...


the 'real' 'Real' sculpture Art
is it Steampunk--am not totally sure

They Call Him "Icarus"
or She does--it's by Lisa Osborn
who's shown at the AcA & is in a Gallery in NOLA at the moment
I didn't see how they hauled this monster in here but it will be staying the month I'm guessing

Now y'all all go look up the story of  "Icarus"
to remember it...
summary: made wax wings, flew to close to the sun, guess what happens next
perhaps 'this' is what happened next...falls to pieces either before or for sure when he hits the earth once again
Oh my My the imagination

Really I'm rather scared of it, couldn't ever have it in my house or be alone with it
I'm just not that confident--maybe one day (or I'll need to have become blind...)

Link to Wiki to brush up on your Myth of Icarus...

Link to Lisa Osborn Scuplture page...
(note: it needs updated for 2013...there's Icarus in Cite des Arts for November I'm guessing, then there's a Gallery in NOLA I've heard just got something of hers & I want to say that the UL Museum has a sculpture but I can't find anything on their webpage--I will have to go take a wander at the LuLu Hilliard Museum to find out...an art adventure--away...)


had my (tarot) cards read
it made me feel way better, it's what I needed to hear
of course love the original Steampunk costume
that she made herself--duh
it's Miss Lauren Greene Whyte
director of She Stoops to Conquer recently
and of course CostumeMaker

my Fav Foto from Steampunk Fest
her in costume as the best handmade by a woman costume
standing next to him in costume as the best handmade (over years he says) by a man costume
he's with the Airship Isabella I believe

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my volunteer table - the merch table
and the donated CD's/Vinyl table
and the Coat & Tails rack
with some plastic black tophats for the kids
(white marker nearby to draw gears/clocks on if they want)
a few took me up on it, some I guess were too shy
or boys in ballcaps weren't willing to change up

taking note of dapper man trying on a coat & tail
already with his tophat on

before or after the 4 or 5 hrs I went running up & down the street
or up & down inside the theater
or was sitting for a spell in the main theater watching the costume contest
MC'd by the Airship Isabella--as were the judges I believe

it was all well done--my photos however were not
go troll thru Facebook or Twitter to find better photos

@SteampunkandMakersFair or #SteampunkandMakersFair

first annoucements
Hello and there's a Key
a Steampunk Key to keep the Festival Free
with the owl designs on both sides
not to forget it's also a bottle opener
how clever is that
cut by the sponsor Begneaud

Dare I say--Dapperest Gentleman on the left is Rick Rowan
he'll be The Undertaker shortly after the festival
in the orig Steampunk Musical play: The Undertaker & His Wife
I believe I heard he made a different Steampunk costume just for the festival
(remember last year he was the Puppet Master--kinda glad no puppets this year, freak me out...)

next to him Christy in the Raffle Scarf*
next to her Jim showing off the regular size key for sale
but next up is the giant key that only an Award Winner can receive
it's the Biggest Liar Contest Winner coming up
(or the Bestest Tall Tale Teller--aka Storyteller)

And who's the winner?
who gets the giant key award?
who's the biggest bestest liar/storyteller?
I think on the Facebook page/webpage/somewhere's it says
"of the South" no less!

It's Sally O Donlon
and of course, Of Course, she has to tell us the story
the what I'll call 'the whomping bats' story
from growing up in Lafayette
like right smack downtown where Parc San Souci is nowadays

*note: about that especially beautifully made Raffle Scarf from the Festival's Facebook page...
"Susan Burden is bringing her Pine Wind Shibori to The Steampunk and Makers Fair and will be raffling one of her one of a kind, hand made shibori scarves - don't miss out on this opportunity to win a piece of sculptural, wearable art"

link to a beautiful set of photos of her Pine Wood Shibori Scarves on the Artisan Gallery Facebook page...


There was also a Beard & Facial Hair Contest - that's their Logo above (easy enough to spot eh)
their t-shirts were outside somewheres on a table for this too--later I would see a photo of their table, never actually got to go find it & see it...'cause I was at my/the Steampunk Fest t-shirt table?!
I did see some of the judges--a Fav was the all over the face red haired guy
(as I have an son who's a red head I'm a bit partial)
after that met the 3rd place Moustache winner, very neat curls on the ends
and next Fav saw 3 girls going for the Ladies' Faux Beard Contestant winner
I just know 1 of them won--prob the one with the tiny black/white ribbons in her faux beard

Look they had my Fav Faux Beard Lady's Foto
complete with her wee black/white ribbons tied up in her faux beard
it was on their Facebook Page--
don't know for sure if she won but she should have?!

link to Louisiana Beard & Facial Hair Assn Facebook page...

link to the Louisiana Beard & Facial Hair Assn...
note: they donated their monies to Healing House in Lafayette


and don't hate me for these
they are the only photos I have of the Fab u lous Costume Contest
surely someone else took in focus fotos
sigh...if only I could use my camera phone--later I think I will remember
there's a low light selection...
maybe Airship Isabella had someone taking photos
or Cite des Arts
or somebody anybody
(am thinking throw away cameras would of been a good idea...
give 'em to everybody & surely something will come out?!)

liink to Airship Isabella for way Way better photos of everybody...
(or that's at least the MC & the Judges for the Steampunk Fashion Contest...)

link to the Airship Isabella Tumblr...

link to their Etsy page so you can go buy goods to look like Airship Isabella...

link to the Airship Isabella Facebook page...

FAB Fotos from their Facebook page...
Airship Isabella

black & white photos are so FAB u lous
this is the Captain I'd guess - Cedric Whittaker
he was deff the Captain of the Steampunk Fest here in Lafayette
thankfully he was a judge at the Costume Contest or nobody would of had a chance
the weapons too
there needs to be a separate category for this & a weapons demo show as well
next year--things keep getting bigger & better so it will be
something to look forward to
I have to drive back from The Woodlands just for it
OK Mardi Gras as well--first that then the Steampunk & Maker's Fair
am just hoping Airship Isabella will be there again & Again & AGAIN!!!
Please please please...

Suzeaux Ryette was the MC for the Costume Contest
what a FAB u lous job she did
she should do standup
Standup Steampunk

I wish someone would of recorded the whole thing
that & all the costume contestants that I forgot
or took horrible photos of...sorry...

Well Airship Isabella, from what I can tell, is full of beautiful creative people
wish they were closer--but NOLA not so far Far away...
Thank you for coming to Steampunk and Maker's Fair--you made it for me!!

Mwah kiss kiss all y'all Steampunk and Maker's this year ox ;o)) ox....

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