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Jeni Hellum

Open Up the Steamer’s Trunk

I love my bustle as much as the next girl. I adore how I look in my proper Victorian corset. While I am a costume designer, I’m not going to tell people how to dress. But believe me, nikanek, when I tell you that there is a whole world out there for a steampunk to be inspired by. In the last few years there has been a wonderful realization that the world during the Age of Steam was bigger than the United States and Western Europe, exemplified by scholarly articles by author G.D. Falksen. However, examples of steampunks using these influences in their art are still fairly scant. This is why I started Multiculturalism for Steampunk (or the Steamer’s Trunk, as I affectionately call it): a blog that explores cultures of the world during the Age of Steam and presents them in a friendly, visual way for steampunks to use in their work. I wanted to create a place for multiculturalism in steampunk to be discussed in a positive manner that instructively showed people ways to involve these cultures while still being respectful.

[What’s inside the steamer trunk]

Series: Steampunk Fortnight

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