I love that Steampunk has such a strong emphasis on individual artisans and makers. In a time when most of what the populace consumes is mass produced and disposable goods, Steampunk makes a stand and consciously supports its artists and creators. And that’s a good thing because it gets people asking a lot of the right questions they should be asking about everything they buy. Questions like, “Who made this?” “Where did it come from?” and “How do I take care of it?” aren’t questions that need be limited to the arena of Steampunk.
That Maker Ethic plays a huge role in Steampunk philosophy, lifestyle and politics, and recently an article entitled When Punk Gains Steam by Jennifer Hendrix was published that focuses on the DIY aspect of Steampunk and is definitely worth your attention. Here’s a blurb of the article I found particularly insightful on the whole idea of what it means to have Punk in Steampunk:
As does punk, the steampunk community applies the idea of individual freedom and openness, beginning with our relationship to technology, to an entire lifestyle involving everything from a unique style of dress to music and film. Through its aesthetic, it provides a way to question the status quo definition of “progress.”
The article goes on to talk about how Steampunk has and continues to adapt to an increasing audience as more people become interested in it on a variety of levels.
Although something of a lengthy article, When Punk Gains Steam is certianly worth your time and consideration, so do be sure to give it a look.