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A Very Steampunk Halloween

Oct 23, 2008

by Vanessa Bertozzi

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Steampunk style is hot this season. We’ve seen the Trend grow on Etsy, ever since we first noticed it. People gotta have their gears, brass, and leather, and Etsy artists, jewelers, designers are happy to oblige. (In fact, we just launched a Steampunk Gift Guide for all you fanatics!) If you dip into Alchemy, Etsy’s site feature that enables buyers to request custom items, custom Steampunk Halloween costumes are all the rage. Indeed, Steampunks are a creative breed, yearning for a yesteryear overflowing with homespun engineers, tinkering up fantastical inventions.

Kathy Malone aka fofolle of the Brooklyn Indie Market will be hosting a Steampunk themed day on October 25th, 2008 here in Brooklyn, NY. She said the idea was sparked from seeing Steampunk items flourish on Etsy. The event, sponsored by Brooklyn Based and Bust, promises to be steamy (in that anachronistic way), with lots of handmade creativity. Fashion show, tarot card readings, music and cordials — sounds good to me!

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Blue Stockings - 4x6 Photograph
Blue Stockings - 4x6 Photograph
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Men's Lace Cuffs \/ A Fop and a Dandy
Men's Lace Cuffs \/ A Fop and a Dandy
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Marionette Pillbox Hat
Marionette Pillbox Hat
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Brass and Leather Steampunk Goggles Neo Victorian Jules Verne
Brass and Leather Steampunk Goggles Neo Victorian Jules Verne
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Chronas the Queen
Chronas the Queen
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Ankle Leather Gaiters\/Spats Gold-SALE
Ankle Leather Gaiters\/Spats Gold-SALE
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Damask Leather Wallet with Antique Skeleton Key...Antique Claret
Damask Leather Wallet with Antique Skeleton Key...Antique Claret
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KRONOS Vintage 1930s Watch Movement Cufflinks by 19 Moons LARGE - UNIQUE - INDUSTRIAL - ECO FRIENDLY
KRONOS Vintage 1930s Watch Movement Cufflinks by 19 Moons LARGE - UNIQUE - INDUSTRIAL - ECO FRIENDLY
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Robot Bull Moose Head Mounted on Maple Leaf Wood Figure Display on Magnets too
Robot Bull Moose Head Mounted on Maple Leaf Wood Figure Display on Magnets too
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Golden Time Lolita style hat, neo victorian, steampunk SALE
Golden Time Lolita style hat, neo victorian, steampunk SALE
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Expedition Tool Kit
Expedition Tool Kit
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ZEPPELIN  Vintage Mixed Media Digital Art Collage
ZEPPELIN Vintage Mixed Media Digital Art Collage
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Kambriel di Lorenzia's Vision Pipe
Kambriel di Lorenzia's Vision Pipe
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Steamy Key Cigar or Test Tube Case (JWL 121)
Steamy Key Cigar or Test Tube Case (JWL 121)
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64 comments

  • CROQ

    CROQ said 7 years ago

    I want me some of this steampunk action!! LOVE IT!

  • downanddirty

    downanddirty said 7 years ago

    I love that steampunk is getting the recognition it deserves...such clever and talented artists/artisans!

  • studiocvh

    studiocvh said 7 years ago

    beautiful work

  • BooneBooks

    BooneBooks said 7 years ago

    really great selections...really great stuff!

  • MariesVintage

    MariesVintage said 7 years ago

    Ooh, I want them all, but that kilt is awesome! Can I have the boy that goes with it, too?

  • JenniferHayesArt

    JenniferHayesArt said 7 years ago

    Oh I adore steampunk. Beautiful aesthetic. Wish I could dress that way every day ;)

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 7 years ago

    yeahhhh!! we are having a Chicago Steampunk Runway Show on November 2nd! tinker on over!

  • OrpheusAlchemy

    OrpheusAlchemy said 7 years ago

    Aww, I wish I lived in New York! Boo. But finally, some awesome article shout outs! ;D

  • thefunkyfelter

    thefunkyfelter said 7 years ago

    sooo interesting, I never really quite understood Steampunk, but I really like it now that I know what it is (LOL).

  • SistersOfTheMoon

    SistersOfTheMoon said 7 years ago

    I love the steampunk look! thank you so much for featuring my hat.

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi said 7 years ago

    I can't wait for Saturday to see what BIM has to offer!

  • TotusMel

    TotusMel said 7 years ago

    Love that steampunk is getting much love!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 7 years ago

    Very pretty! It seems to be all the rage now!

  • whyte

    whyte said 7 years ago

    Nice selection! Capelet is Wow!

  • Appledale

    Appledale said 7 years ago

    19moons has the most gorgeous jewelry and it's excellent quality too. I love steampunk!

  • dancingcircle

    dancingcircle said 7 years ago

    so then, is Steampunk a "costume" - since you refer to Halloween and not something folks wear to work? I don't get it.

  • exoskeletoncabaret

    exoskeletoncabaret said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing my photography!

  • iadornu

    iadornu said 7 years ago

    I love these colors and all....

  • 19Moons

    19Moons said 7 years ago

    Hazzah for Steampunk and Halloween- two great tastes that go great together :) Thank you for featuring my Arcane Angel necklace at top of the article! These and more of my pieces are eco-friendly as well.

  • loveliette

    loveliette said 7 years ago

    so cool! i especially love those gaiters.

  • choklit

    choklit said 7 years ago

    Can't get enough glorious steampunk! Please, sir, I want some more...

  • sallymonster

    sallymonster said 7 years ago

    Going full blown Steampunk Mad Scientist for Halloween this year so this article made me smile =D

  • JoyandWhimsy

    JoyandWhimsy said 7 years ago

    I'm selling a dress that I consider very steampunk at: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=9975981 Cool picks, Thanks!

  • AileenFairycat

    AileenFairycat said 7 years ago

    Techdragon's kilts are amazing! We just got one for DH and he loves his!

  • CatherinetteRings

    CatherinetteRings said 7 years ago

    Steampunk is an infinite source of inspiration !

  • WinonaCookie

    WinonaCookie said 7 years ago

    We loves us some steampunk! Check out Etsy SteamTeam for more!

  • Chylde

    Chylde said 7 years ago

    i'm actually dressing in steampunk fashion for halloween ^_^ i can't wait!

  • rakubuttons

    rakubuttons said 7 years ago

    shout

  • zwzzy

    zwzzy said 7 years ago

    Gah! awesome! Am I the only one that thinks Steampunk is romantic?

  • NemesisProductions

    NemesisProductions said 7 years ago

    Steampunk is so HOT.

  • malicia

    malicia said 7 years ago

    love it

  • DominionArt

    DominionArt said 7 years ago

    Didn't Put any of my steampunk pendants in there. :(

  • Ravenhill

    Ravenhill said 7 years ago

    This is so cool. Great picks. I might have to make a steampunk doll?! ~Emily

  • DominionArt

    DominionArt said 7 years ago

    True steampunk- http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=14017565

  • GrandmaWasAFloozy

    GrandmaWasAFloozy said 7 years ago

    One more day... 'till SatURday... Thanks for the love, for Steampunk and for BIM!! It's going to be a tremendous day, I had a sneak peek at some of the fashion show lovelies last night. Boy howdy! I also want to plug Etsy's SteamTeam, a fab group of talented, supportive, and open-minded folks. (Steamteam Rocks!) Search "Steamteam" for more steamy goodness.

  • elizaclare

    elizaclare said 7 years ago

    I lurve Steampunk! 19 Moons your work is fabulous! So Inspirational!

  • atelierfrost

    atelierfrost said 7 years ago

    These items are just gorgeous! The leather, the romanticism-- oh, I just love it! Especially that "Blue Stockings" photograph! This is the kind of stuff that makes me happy to create!

  • 7seventeengallery

    7seventeengallery said 7 years ago

    I swear, everywhere I've looked in the last week has been STEAMPUNK MANIA. I'm very bummed I'm gonna miss the Steampunk show on Saturday here in NY...

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    this collection is fantastic...the colors, the textures, the variety...very well put together! Thanks for teaching me more about steampunk!

  • nfall2rt

    nfall2rt said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the news! Love the capelet!

  • zJayne

    zJayne said 7 years ago

    So much awesome talent!

  • OpulentOddities

    OpulentOddities said 7 years ago

    Whoa, thanks for featuring my item! Steampunk rules!

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations said 7 years ago

    It's so nice that this trend is getting some recognition!!!! I dearly love Steampunkie movies... ie "Perfect Creature" so when I found those items on Etsy it made my day. Thank you Etsy!!!

  • Talula

    Talula said 7 years ago

    Funky, quirky, wildly fantastic!

  • theemptyenvelope

    theemptyenvelope said 7 years ago

    I love it!!! I've always been drawn to these kinds of things, glad it's here! I have a hat that would work as well. http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=16234437

  • KarensMonsters

    KarensMonsters said 7 years ago

    I can't wait for the fashion show. Wish I had steam punk things so I could participate. Good luck Kathy!

  • quarks

    quarks said 7 years ago

    xo!

  • sojourncuriosities

    sojourncuriosities said 7 years ago

    If you're attending the Steampunk Convention in California Oct 31- Nov 2, be sure to check out the Etsy Steam Team table in the Vendor Hall- some Etsy sellers from the Steam Team will be on site selling their wares, while a number of others (myself included) will have their goods on display for sale!

  • themoonandthesea

    themoonandthesea said 7 years ago

    Having had a steampunk soul nearly all my bloody life, :) I am thrilled to see this particular area of design finally have it's day on large scale. Yes!

  • Darkmina

    Darkmina said 7 years ago

    Love the 'Blue Stockings' photo, so lovely. Thank you for the excellent article! ^v^

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 7 years ago

    All I think of when I see the top photo is automatons. I love automatons!

  • julieloen

    julieloen said 7 years ago

    Great set of wicked cool stuff!

  • MadArtjewelry

    MadArtjewelry said 7 years ago

    Steampunk forever! A romantic aesthetic for sure.

  • pheeadornments

    pheeadornments said 7 years ago

    Beautiful selections! I'm glad the steampunk aesthetic is getting exposure on Etsy.

  • larissadelacour

    larissadelacour said 7 years ago

    This is a fabulous collection, but I'm wondering where some of the other talent is. Rivkasmom, dbVictoria, PersephonePlus and a bunch of other people make some really cool and original stuff, not just the same theme over and over again. And I'm not trying to be mean, but what's with the crocheted scarf? Is that supposed to be steampunk, or did it get in the wrong guide by mistake?

  • fatamerican

    fatamerican said 7 years ago

    Awesome article!

  • nullalux

    nullalux said 7 years ago

    Great article! TThanks for featuring Theriaca Fina's Expedition Tool Kit. The Etsy Steam Team has over 100 active members! Check us out at http://etsysteamteam.com, and search for 'steamteam' on Etsy. We'll also be at the SteamPowered Con in Sunnyvale, CA from 31 Oct-1 Nov: http://www.steampunkconvention.com. ~Emily Theriaca Fina http://nullalux.etsy.com

  • joeireedhats

    joeireedhats said 7 years ago

    I do the steampunk! I've been having fun making ornaments of gears hand-set in resin and adding them to my hats!

  • dbvictoria

    dbvictoria said 7 years ago

    Can't believe I missed this when it first came up - thank goodness for Google alerts! Thanks to Etsy for this marvelous feature, and congratulations to all these artists - beautiful work, it deserves to be shown off!

  • FatalAttraction

    FatalAttraction said 7 years ago

    Steampunk rocks! Mechanical mysterium is what we do and luv! http://etsysteamteam.com

  • friskyspinster

    friskyspinster said 7 years ago

    Check out this shop! I bought one of her corset belts and I LOOOOVE IT! It's beautiful and helps give my normal straight-up-and-down figure a more curvy look. It's gorgeous, and very well made.

  • friskyspinster

    friskyspinster said 7 years ago

    Oops, forgot the link! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5735986

  • steampunkjewelry

    steampunkjewelry said 6 years ago

    Great feature and Steampunk is still going strong!

  • UNAshop

    UNAshop said 6 years ago

    check out steampunk, studs and fringes! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=30359935 http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=33092116

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