This past Saturday, I ventured out to Carroll Gardens (F train be damned!) to the Steampunk clothing and accessories fair. I am always fascinated by subcultures, and the style of this one totally unique. According to Wikipedia, Steampunk is "a sub-genre of fantasy and speculative fiction that came into prominence in the 1980s and early 1990s. The term denotes works set in an era or world where steam power is still widely used—usually the 19th century, and often Victorian era England—but with prominent elements of either science fiction or fantasy, such as fictional technological inventions like those found in the works of H. G. Wells and Jules Verne, or real technological developments like the computer occurring at an earlier date. Other examples of steampunk contain alternate history-style presentations of "the path not taken" of such technology as dirigibles, analog computers, or digital mechanical computers (such as Charles Babbage's Analytical engine); these frequently are presented in an idealized light, or with a presumption of functionality." Now, I know you aren't supposed to quote Wiki as a reliable source, but I think this gives a good idea of ethos of Steampunk. In short, most of the people there looked a punk version of a bespoke Jules Verne. I thought about how this might translate to the home, and this is what I came up with: This one is cheating. It's a paperweight I purchased there of a crazy-looking airship with a little flag that says "full of fun." According to the vendor, she made it out of a poster for The Airship, a musical farce that came out in 1898. Sheesh.
A lot of what I came across at the market (in the Brooklyn Indie Market space on Smith Street) reminded me of a novelty shop. One of my favorite places that strikes this creepy but fascinating mood is Evolution is Soho. Oh my, what an amazing place full of natural curiosities (http://theevolutionstore.com/)! They sell lots of framed insects, skeletons, and even some really beautiful botanical posters on black backdrops. See a few examples below:
A lot of jewelry and hair pieces graced the tables, some covered in feathers, some made out of antique watches or glass. In a home, this might convert to this telescope from J. Peterman:
Or a globe from Idlewild Books (http://idlewildbooks.com/) on 19th street. They have the most wonderful globes. Note that the store is a floor up from the street.
Or this very expensive, very cool piece of art from Tonic Home I'll never be able own:
All of the vendors from Saturday are on Etsy.com. Some of my favorites included:
Barker's Herbs & Heirlooms- accessories (where I got the paperweight, but I think you have to email her for these- http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5198083)
Modern Gothic- head pieces (http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5016723)
Berit New York- clothing http://www.beritnewyork.com/
If this rather eclective style isn't your daily 'do, these accessories are sophisticated and fun for Halloween of course! Steampunk rock it. Trick or treat. (Also, a funky, curious piece in the home is not only interesting, but a great conversation starter in case your party gets dull.)