As Steampunk continued to grow and attract new people to the movement and subculture, there was some concern that it would lose some of its core values in the process of being absorbed by the mainstream. Notions like individual creativity and the importance of Makers within the Steampunk community are really important to people who live and breathe Steampunk, but really not to those who are just going for a unique aesthetic.
Fortunately, though, it seems like Steampunk is keeping true to its core of makers and individual creativity. There was an article published recently that highlights a program called “Steampunk Accessories” that took place at the Wagner Library in Metairie, Louisiana that inspired kids to create works of art using repurposed and recycled items. To read about it, check out the full article here.
It makes me really happy to see new people being introduced to Steampunk through the notion of DIY and personal creativity, and to me, it’s a sign that while more people are becoming familiar with the notion of Steampunk, Steampunk is somehow managing to stay true to itself and its ideals.