SP Resources – Non-Victorian Steampunk

“Steampunk refers to a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.” (Wikipedia)

Initially, steampunk was Victorian-inspired in both setting and clothing. Then it got popular and people started doing their own thing with it. Like steamfunk or other multicultural steampunk.

The American Old West has been steampunked, zombies have been steampunked, and while steampunk is mostly situated in the industrial era, there’s diesel punk (roughly WWI through WWII), there are elements of steampunk in Leonardo Da Vinci’s work — and don’t forget the Antikythera Mechanism, a computer over 2000 years old. (For more gadgetry inspiration, visit The Museum of Retro Technology. The site design is kinda 90’s, but it has lots of great old tech.)

Some good resources for non-Victorian steampunk: Beyond Victoriana: A Multicultural Perspective on Steampunk; The Problem With “Asian Steampunk”; Multicultural Steampunk Inspiration, and If There Be Steam. The last two are Pinterest boards, so you’ll need an account to view them.

A few photos included below, to jump-start those creative engines:

Also, take a look at traditional ethnic clothing from around the world — anything can be steampunked!

Next up, a few kit-bashing multicultural resources…


5 thoughts on “SP Resources – Non-Victorian Steampunk

  1. You know, I’m looking at these photos and thinking Star Wars. Either I’ve gone completely bonkers waiting for EpVII, or there is a strong ‘steampunk’ element to the SW aesthetics – but could the latter be true? Are there steampunk fans who are also SW fans?

    • Judging by the many steampunked Darth Vaders, R2-D2s, and C3POs I’ve seen, I’d say there are a lot of Star Wars fans who are also into steampunk.

      There’s some crossover between steampunk and post-apocalyptic clothing styles, which also fits with the grubbier parts of the Star Wars universe. To me, anyway.

      Waiting for the new movie too.

      Hubby and I saw The Martian last week and really enjoyed it. I think the book is better, though!

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