Clockwork Carnival by +Raven

– Posted by +Raven

I’ve always been a casual fan of steampunk.  My favorite time periods have always been Regency {thank you, Jane Austen!} and Victorian {thank you, Charles Dickens!}, and I’ve always had a fantasy/sci-fi flare, meaning that steampunkery just kind of came naturally.

Regency and Victorian both appeal to me, I think, because of the ridiculously romantic picture we in the present paint of the periods, but also simply because I love the styles of dress, the manners, and the courtliness with which everyone seems to have behaved.  I’m a girl, I like a little romance: so sue me.

For those of you who don’t know, steampunk is best described as an aesthetic movement Victorian in time period, but sci-fi in flavor.  You see bits of it in Wild, Wild West, the new Sherlock Holmes, Jonah Hex, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.  There’s always lots of brass involved, and you’re not steampunk if you don’t have your trusty pair of goggles.

My boyfriend and I only found out about The Clockwork Carnival {put on by the fabulous Artifice Club} about a week before it took place, and we jumped at the chance to cover it.  Add in my obsession with carnivals {no, fo’ reals; my college thesis was Carnivals in Modern Literature}, there was no way I was missing this event.

And it was, in a word, FANTASTIC.

There was a vendor room, of course, with peddlers and their homemade bits and bobs and costumes.  Starting the night were an incredibly accurate tarot card reader, the steampunk band the Snatchov Orchestra, and the Imperial Opa Circus performing awesomeness, including a walking around on a giant flamingo stilt puppet.  The performances began with Thimblerig Circus, an amazing oddity act and improv comedy troupe, followed by an aerialist performance by Sadie Hawkins, a fire dancing aerialist and burlesque dancer {an absolutely fabulous performer}.  Rounding out the night were the Burning Desire Fire Theatre and the Hot Toddies Flaming Cabaret, both astounding fire-dancing troupes.  There were DJs Doctor Q {the founding member of the Artifice Club, and the reason for such an amazing event} and the Davenport Sisters of North Carolina’s Clockwork Cabaret radio show spinning awesome tunes the whole night.

One of the coolest parts of going to events like this is being completely surrounded by like-minded people who all share a passion for the same thing.  Steampunk has only recently begun climbing in popularity – and steadily! – and not only is it so amazing the time and dedication these patrons put into their costuming and characters, but it also really helps to fuel your interest in the genre to be in this type of environment.

The turnout was impressive, the costumes PHENOMENAL, and the event itself was amazing.  I’m really looking forward to being a part of their Weird West Saloon in July, and the Mechanical Masquerade: A Paranormal Fantasy in November.


– Posted by +Raven


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9 thoughts on “Clockwork Carnival by +Raven

  1. these are like, so fantastic, and not just because of the fire and cool outfits. these are totally epic shots.

  2. These photos are fantastic Raven! I love how you captured the scene, outfits, and fire, but more importantly, the emotions!

  3. I think this is my favorite post to date and I am completely proud of you! These are beautiful 🙂

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