Sunday, October 31, 2010
Upstate Steampunk October meeting
The wine room, accented with a fireplace and comfortable upholstered furniture was perfect for mingling so I moved about the room to take part in lots of discussions: technology with Penelope, the Egyptologist, trains and clockwork with Professor Thaddeus, see Josh again after more than a year, listen in amazement to the news of the latest inventions to emerge from his engineering workshop and hear from Gypsey, Pilot of the Second Thought, about her plans to build and fly her amphibious dirigible over Lake Hartwell.
But the rest of the weekend is to be spent finishing up on the Fissure Steampunk issue and doing art. On Saturday, amidst fires in the fireplace, pomegranates and the crisp fall weather (finally arrived here in the south) I worked on more beeswax encaustic mixed media pieces, this time though they are for the Upstate Steampunk show since Gypsey announced there will be an art room. I finished two I'd started months and years ago, one steampunk and one alchemy and then completed three more using lots of paper epherema including vintage photographs, lots of the metal findings I've picked up at the sides of the roads for years, gold leaf, pigment inks and of course, the most fun of all...beeswax. There are Tim Holtz, 7 Gypsies and Graphic 45 paper, elements, clockwork parts, antique keys, international vintage stamps, flowers and more of the