After taking a look at Steampunk Emporium I thought it would be interesting to see what other Steampunk books are out there. Well – there’s a lot!
One of the ones I picked up was The Art of Steampunk by Art Donovan. This isn’t a craft book in any way; instead the book profiles a number of steampunk artists and their creations. The book starts out with a bit of information about steampunk, what it is, and how the author curated an exhibit at the Museum of the History of Science in the UK. The introduction is followed up with an essay on Steampunk by author G.D. Falksen.
The rest of the book is devoted to the individual artists and some of their creations. The book is mostly focused on showcasing the art, with a brief biography on each artist. The majority of the pieces (some functional, some simply for display) are beautiful, but with the high level of skill from the artists, the pieces are less inspirational than I was hoping for. I think this book really seems like an extension of a book found at a gallery or museum exhibit, and less of a stand-alone book to introduce people to the art of steampunk. With that being said, the book is certainly well-done, and the pieces selected within it are exceptional, and really show off that true artists (rather than crafters) are deeply passionate about this subculture!
Have you picked up this book? What do you think?