Wednesday, June 13, 2012

RNEST Monthly Team Challenge: June 2012 (Trends That Drive Me Crazy!)

Here's what I made for June's RNEST Team Challenge!...a "Vaguely Steampunk Nubbin"!
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The theme for June's Challenge is "Trends That Drive Me Crazy"!  The idea was to be about trend that have been seen all over Etsy and the craft blogosphere and have been done so much that it's almost cliche (see my post about bunting).  I personally have nothing against steampunk, but I know it annoys some people, and I thought it was a good trend to "Nubbin-ize"!

I don;t know a whole lot about steampunk.  I just know it combines a lot of Victorian-era style with sci-fi elements.  The wikipedia entry is pretty informative and interesting...
"Steampunk fashion has no set guidelines, but tends to synthesize modern styles influenced by the Victorian era. This may include gowns, corsets, petticoats and bustles; suits with vests, coats, top hats and spats; or military-inspired garments. Steampunk-influenced outfits are usually accented with several technological and period accessories: timepieces, parasols, flying/driving goggles, and ray guns. Modern accessories like cell phones or music players can be found in steampunk outfits, after being modified to give them the appearance of Victorian-made objects."  - Wikipedia

There are lots of gears and clockwork elements (hence the gear on the Nubbin's tummy in lieu of the heart), and stuff like handlebar moustaches, top hats, and old-style aviator goggles mentioned in the Wikipedia entry.  So I just combined some of those elements into a Nubbin!

This guy has actually been sold already!  I may just have to make some more.  Steampunk may be one of those "drive you crazy" trends, but there is a reason things become trends...there is a market for them because people like them!

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