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Once dismissed as a passing sub-culture fad for cogs and corsets, Steampunk style influences have now spread to interior design, mainstream fashion, apps, video games and music.

But it is the substance of the movement, the desire for sustainable production and a slower lifestyle, which is seeing it continue to expand. Its nostalgia for the past is an expression of concern for the future. As such, Steampunk is part of a much wider movement of artists and designers seeking to change the way we create and consume.

The philosophy behind the Steampunk movement is sustainability and the common ground is crafting: labouriously and lovingly making things by hand. From the grungey surfaces of assemblage to brightly polished, overwrought finishes of Victorian parlour-ware, this exhibition explores the Steampunk aesthetic with classic materials including brass, copper, iron and polished timbers.

At Friday night’s opening exhibitor Kate O’Brien will talk about her works and how they relate to the Steampunk movement from 5pm. It will be followed with refreshments at 6pm and the official opening by Kate O’Brien at 6.30pm.

This artisan travelling exhibition will be on display until Sunday 4 August 2013.

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  1. I am the Editor/Publisher of The Art of Healing and would like to talk with Kate O’Brien about her work – is someone able to get back to me with her contact details – thanks and appreciate it.


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