Friday, August 31, 2012

What is Steampunk?

Have you heard the term "Steampunk" recently?
 It seems to be everywhere suddenly, but it's not new.
Google "Steampunk" on Etsy and you'll come up with loads of decorative items...

from goggles... artwork.

According to Wikipedia: "Steampunk is a genre that originated during the 1980s and early 1990s and incorporates elements of science Fiction, Fantasy, alternate history, horror and speculative Fiction.  It involves a setting where steam power is widely used—whether in an alternative history such as Victorian era Britain or Wild-West era United States, or in a post-apocalyptic time —that incorporates elements of either science fiction or fantasy. Works of steampunk often feature anachronistic technology,  or futuristic innovations as Victorians might have envisioned  them".


Believe it or not, Steampunk is becoming a hot style for design now. 
Even weddings are incorporating elements of Steampunk into their decor. 
Check out this bride's leather belt and wire bouquet!

Tori Spelling's reality show recently created a Steampunk wedding for one lucky couple,
 right down to the cake accented with 'gears'...

 Take the theme all the way through to seating cards with the addition of metal bits...

 Location is important. 
Nothing too perfect. 
Ruins are ideal! 
Overgrown is the key...

 Think you can't have flowers in a Steampunk-theme wedding? Of course you can! 
The trick is to be sure they aren't too sweet...
Some element of toughness needs to be incorporated, as in this chain, wire and metal key bouquet. 
Making Baby's Breath  the star is the unexpected twist.

Leather, feather, goggles, wire, anything 'tough' can and should be incorporated into Steampunk design, whether it's a wedding or everyday design...

Bloomers Floral Design
122 South Front St.
Wilmington, NC 28401

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