After returning from tour this winter I busied myself with costume crafts for Nebraska Theatre Caravan's steampunk tour of Fantasticks! It was quite a quick education of the culture of steampunk, but I loved creating pieces that one may see in a futuristic past.
I had heard of steampunk before but I wasn't quite sure how the name came to be. I was watching Oddities: San Francisco whilst running recently and they had a lovely steampunk gentleman on. It was so interesting to see and learn about the genre and culture outside of a theatre setting. Watching shows such as Oddities allows me to better understand the history and modern connotations of things that I could potentially or have used in my costuming.
Creating technologies that would exist today but look as if a crazy inventor (Belle's father Maurice comes to mind although he's not in the right era) conceived the gadgets is very entertaining. I've had a blast creating and refurbishing all these gadgets and accessories for the tour. Projects like these remind me how much I love what I do and could not possibly have done something else.