Steamposium 2015: Ruffles and Brass

At the end of September 2015, I had the pleasure of covering Seattle’s second annual steampunk convention known as “Steamposium”. I was thrilled to be attending again. Going to Steamposium is leaving your dull life behind for a weekend and entering a world of gears, leather, lace, ruffles, and of course, steam. It’s as though the decadence of everything has been turned up and it makes you never want to go back to the mundane of your everyday life!

This year’s featured guests included Eddie McClintock and Allison Scagliotti from Warehouse 13, world-renowned model Ohpelia Overdose, the sensational steampunk models Kato and her Steamgirls, and the wildly popular artist, NoFlutter. With a line up like that, I knew I was in for a treat! I had a tremendous amount of fun the year prior, taking in the amazing outfits, going to unique panels, and meeting a few of my favorite celebs. This time was no different.

Unfortunately, just before Steamposium, I came down with a rather vicious chest cold that left me out for the count for the better part of a week. By the time con came around, I was still recovering. I could not make it to any of Friday’s festivities and was only able to attend for a few hours each on Saturday and Sunday. Despite that, I had a wonderful time and was able to see so many wonderful outfits and meet some truly amazing people.

Due to my illness, I regrettably had low energy levels and residual breathing problems. As such, I maintained a very relaxed approach to con. I wandered the halls, taking in the magnificent outfits, while chatting with friends and guests along the way.

On Saturday, I did manage to do a quick shoot with my friend Celestial Muse, who had been modeling some of her clothing line with a few others in the fashion show. I was able to get some lovely photos of her, Gigawatts, and Sugari on the sky bridge connecting the convention center to the parking garage before heading out for the day.

   

By far, the greatest highlight of the weekend for me when getting the opportunity to chat and work with Ophelia Overdose on Sunday afternoon. I’ve been a fan of her work since about 2009 when I stumbled across her page on DeviantArt.com. It was such a pleasure to meet someone I’ve respected and admired for years. She was just as nice in person as she is online and she is just as stunning! I am so thrilled to have gotten the opportunity to photograph her and I very much hope I get to again in the future.

    

I also had the opportunity to spend some time chatting with NoFlutter. I’ve been a fan of her work for a while now as well. Her work perfectly captures that rococopunk aesthetic that I absolutely adore. I actually plan on working with some cosplayers to do several photoshoots inspired by her work. When I let her know that she was excited and we exchanged business cards to keep in touch. I can’t wait to show her the results of our hard work once we get those photo shoots going.

The vendor’s hall was in a different location than the year prior. This year, it was on the first floor next to the artist’s alley. I found this change of location had its perks and drawbacks. One obvious perk was that all the dealers had more space to spread out and it wasn’t such a cramped feeling when you go shopping. However, the whole layout of that floor is a bit tricky, it kind of branches out into different corners that can lend itself to an awkward shopping experience. One vendor told me that on the first day there was a blank table (due to a dropped vendor) leading to their particular corner of the dealer’s hall, and due to that empty space a lot of attendees didn’t go into that area, assuming that the whole thing was empty.

Once the con shifted the rest of the vendors to fill that space things improved a bit for them but they were hoping for some more clear signs pointing attendees in their direction. A few of the vendors told me due to their location in the hall they weren’t getting much business. I think as long as there was some clear signage put in place to emphasize that there are more vendors in some of the corners, that the problem could be remedied for next time.

I was feeling a bit better on Sunday of con but not nearly well enough to tackle Steamposium with as much gusto as I wanted. I wish I had been in better health so I could have interacted with a lot more people and taken a lot more photos. Alas, sometimes you just have to listen to your body and take it easy. I am definitely looking forward to next Steamposium, and I’m going to make sure I’m not sick for it! Until then, I’ll be dreaming of ruffles, leather, and brass.

*All photos in this article were taken by Fearless Photoworks.*