In response to the many questions and requests we got, we began Steampunk University back in 2008. Despite it’s lofty name, the aim of SU is really just to introduce people to the literary genre of steampunk and it’s subsequent subculture and help them figure a few things out, like what to wear to Steamcon and how to make cool stuff. It’s pretty basic, intended for beginners but can be a lot of fun. We also run a store at the same time, so you can get some fun items to wear and meet some of the many merchants that will be at Steamcon IV in October. This year we aren’t even charging tuition or admission, so it’s the best opportunity to come and learn a little about our passion, steampunk.
12:00 – 1:00 – Intro to Steampunk: Diana Vick will give you an overview of how it all began and her take on the genre, subculture and aesthetic of steampunk.
1:00 – 2:00 – How to Dress Steampunk: Liz Spain says that your perfect steampunk outfit may be hiding in your closet! Learn how to find and alter easy-to-find inexpensive clothing to create sartorial fabulousness for all genders.
3:00 – 4:00 – Leather working & Goggle making: Mac McGowan of SteamBaby has been doing leather work of various kinds for many years. In this talk he will cover some basic leatherworking ideas and show some tips and hints for goggle construction as well
4:00 – 5:00 – Steampunk Music: Jordan Block of Sepiachord, one of the leading steampunk musicologists in the world will talk about what he finds to be steampunk music.
The Steampunk University Store will be open from noon to 6:00 PM for your shopping enjoyment.