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Steampunk: Mechanical Science meets Victorian Romance
Denver, CO—March 8, 2011. Call for Entries for our next show: Steampunk: Mechanical Science meets Victorian Romance
The TACtile Textile Arts Center is changing gears–literally! Artists are invited to submit entries by April 4 for our next exhibit–Steampunk: Mechanical Science meets Victorian Romance to be held May 5, 2011 to August 6, 2011. This is where past and future mechanical science meets Victorian romance and will feature fiber art interpretations of the Steampunk movement.
An ever growing movement of intrigue and fantasy; Steampunk couture is a romantic mix of Victorian lace, silks and brocades, goggles, brass and copper, watch parts, found objects, and filigree transformed into a mesmerizing artistic narrative with a mechanical influence.
Working with a myriad of fabrics, lace, roving, yarn, buttons, beads, knit, crochet, needlework, paint, dye, gears, cogs, rivets, and studs, the artist creates works engulfed in passion from a fictional world where mechanical science is united with Victorian romance.
Artists have described Steampunk style as:
“Mad Max meets Jane Austen. Sid Vicious shakes hands with Charlotte Bronte. Vivienne Westwood dances with Charles Dickens. These images are how I describe Steampunk. It’s fashion style influenced by science fiction based in Victorian England.” … Jean Campbell
“Steampunk evokes a sense of adventure and discovery, and embraces extinct technologies as a way of talking about the future” according to The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets, and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature, by Jeff VanderMeer
“It deals with time travel and Victorian-era technology that’s powered by steam.” ELENA SANDERS, Steampunk Designer
The Steampunk show will be a juried show. Our jurors will be asked to select the best examples of Steampunk across the variety of fiber art disciplines, with a focus on couture. Artists may submit up to three items. The items may be for sale, or not, as the artist chooses.
The show will be at TACtile’s new location, in the JHB building, 1955 S. Quince Street, Denver, CO. The show will open Thursday, May 5, 2011 and will run through August 6, 2011. (TACtile is open from noon to 5:00 pm, Tuesday through Saturday, and until 8:00 pm on Thursday (3rd Thursday of the month TACtile closes at 5:00 pm for Guild events). Various events and classes will be presented during the show. For more details about the show visit www.tactilearts.org and call 720.524.8886.
TACtile Textile Arts Center, a nonprofit organization, is a community center and art gallery that supports regional fiber artists working in all forms of textile media. It is dedicated to increasing visibility, growth, and creative excellence in textile art. TACtile opened in Tamarac Square in fall 2007 and is now located at 1955 South Quince Street, Denver, 80231, in the 2nd floor of the JHB International Buttons warehouse. Our regular hours are on Tuesdays-Saturdays 12-5 and Thursdays 12-8pm (excluding the 3rd week of the month: ’til 5 Thursday & 2-5 that Saturday). Ample free parking is available.