Welcome to SteampunkArtifacts.com
The resource for all things steampunk
We believe steampunk should be celebrated for its literature, art, fashion, music, and influence on society today. We want to share that influence with the world – whether you are a hardened steampunk or you just have an interest in sci-fi and want to find out more, we hope you will enjoy this resource and leave our site a little more enlightened about the world of steampunk
What is Steampunk?
“Steampunk has one foot in the past and one foot in the future”John Francis 2022
OK, so what does that mean? Steampunk brings together characteristics of the Victorian age and blends them with sci-fi. The general theme is that the world has evolved with the technology from the Victorian era – think steam-powered machines, cogs, gears, and mechanical devices. The fashion of the era has continued into the future (more about that below) and technology that we are familiar with such as electricity or nuclear fusion, has not been discovered. Therefore machines, fashion, and landscape are a mix of factual elements from the Victorian era blended with creative ideas of a steam-powered imaginary world.
What are the origins of Steampunk?
Steampunk is a type of science fiction that originates with the writing of HG Wells and HP Lovecraft. It wasn’t until the 1980s when the label ‘steampunk’ was first used to describe this movement and since then it has boomed in popularity, spawning notable fashion movements, art and decor styles, steampunk costumes, steampunk makeup styles, steampunk tattoos, computer games, in fact nearly everything you can think of has been ‘steampunked’.
Why do Steampunks wear goggles?
Well, imagine you are flying around in your mechanical airship with no windows and you can get a feel for why steampunks wear goggles! Steampunk goggles are bulky heavy-duty aviation goggles made of metal and leather, they come in all shapes and sizes and you can even find magnified steampunk goggles to give you a better view of the city below from your airship.
What is Steampunk fashion?
Steampunk fashion is a bold and distinctive style that encompasses Victorian-era dress with a futuristic and industrial look. Steampunk clothes tend to feature darker colors such as black, grey, and brown mixed with oranges and gold metallic finishes. They come with an endless array of steampunk accessories such as old-fashioned pocket watches, aviator sunglasses, and goggles.
What is Steampunk art?
Steampunk art is a combination of visual elements from the Victorian ages with an alternative futuristic stamp! Generally, steampunk art is highly imaginative and complex. Many modern steampunk artists use original Victorian pieces as the basis of their art, they customize them and repurpose them as steampunk art, and the results can be breathtaking as old pieces are reinvented with a new steampunk twist.
Why are we experts on Steampunk?
Our co-creators Matilda Steed & John Francis are a pair of Sci-fi enthusiasts who discovered steampunk later in life and never looked back. They have been reading sci-fi for decades, fate brought them together for a chance game of Bioshock to ignite the creative steampunk flames, and behold Steampunkartifacts.com was born.
The pair has a passion for steampunk and when they are not playing computer games they can be found researching articles and the latest sci-fi trends to keep you up to date with steampunk news and information!