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The Art of Steampunk: Extraordinary Devices and Ingenious Contraptions from the Leading Artists of the Steampunk Movement Paperback – 7 Sep 2011

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing (7 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565235738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565235731
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.2 x 22.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 928,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When I first saw the listing for The Art of Steampunk on NetGalley, I thought to myself, well there's something that might interest my readers. After all, I read and review a fair amount in the steampunk genre. Featuring an art compilation of steampunk designs is only a logical next step, particularly since I'm an enormous fan of art books. The Art of Steampunk compiles the work of seventeen artists whose creations were originally displayed at Oxford University's Museum of the History of Science during a steampunk exhibition. Art Donovan, the author, acted as the curator. To be honest, there's not much for me to say about this book except wow. It's absolutely gorgeous, from the layouts, to the backgrounds, to the images themselves. Even the text is delightfully appropriate to the subject matter. Fox Chapel's production team has done an amazing job of presenting this collection in the most visually appealing way possible. Of course, that wouldn't mean anything if the featured projects didn't live up to expectation. But oh, do they. These artists are truly talented. The objects they create are detailed and beautiful. But not only that-many of them are functional. Within these pages you'll find computers, watches, and light fixtures-even a rubber band launcher-all outfitted in steampunk style and completely usable. I'd like to claim that I have a favorite piece from this book-or even a favorite artist. But the truth is, there's so much to enjoy, and so many remarkable creations, that I can't single out a particular one (or two or three). Though I do have a fondness for Daniel Proulx's brass insect sculptures and Ian Crichton's mp3 and camera cases, I would say that every artist in this collection has produced at least one thing that truly impresses me. People who already enjoy steampunk will love flipping through this book and lingering over each lovely object. As for those who haven't been introduced to the genre before, I can't imagine that this book will fail to be intriguing. The aesthetics alone are well worth a few minutes of browsing, and should that be enough to make new readers ask "What is this?" they can flip to the steampunk primer at the beginning of the book. The Art of Steampunk won't be released until August, which means that everyone has time to gather up a few dollars and shove them into a piggy bank. And you definitely should-it will be well worth it

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Welcome to the world of Steampunk: a unique fantasy version of nineteenth century Victorian England imbued with today's technology, resulting in devices and contraptions that seem to have sprung from the mind of a mad twenty-first century scientist. The "steam" refers to steam power - as in fire-breathing machines of antique locomotion. The "punk" is an important reference to an outsider attitude.In The Art of Steampunk, you'll discover the captivating and dynamic world of this emerging genre through the creative vision of today's leading Steampunk artists, all featured in the world's first museum exhibit of Steampunk, held at The Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University in England.No longer satisfied with the plastic design of today's mass-produced products, these artists are crafting a romantic new standard for modern goods by applying the characteristics of Steampunk. Their artwork consists of everything from jewelry and watches to light fixtures and clocks, every piece demonstrating hours of painstaking work and unlimited devotion. You will find that many of the artists are as unique and colorful as their masterpieces, often adopting alter egos of Victorian mad scientists and world explorers, allowing themselves to become fully immersed int he imaginative and exciting world of Steampunk.

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