No Exhibition in 2014

To the Loved Ones:

This message is too long in coming, but we wanted you all to know that there will not be a Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition for 2014. We are looking into a couple of other event ideas to launch in the Bay Area and we’ll be in touch with you all as those plans come closer to fruition. Our FaceBook page will be updated with any new information.

Thank you, all of you, the volunteers, the makers, the readers, the dancers, the musicians, the vendors and the attendees for your support over the years. You made it all worth it.

Mark and Ariane

1 January, 2014

We’re in Spaaaaace…!

Welcome to the 2013 Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition:

Steampunks in Space!

If you’re not here yet – you truly should be! Last night’s Victorian Ball was lovely, with great performances, brisk polkas, soothing waltzes, amazing costumes and of course… high tea! If you haven’t bought your pass yet, we have them here at the door: $65 for the weekend, $30 today (and night) only, $25 for Sunday and variations thereof.



The Vendor Halls are filled to overflowing with beautiful, wonderful steamy things; the Museum is soon to be open, the Speakers are warming up their voices and Miss Kalendar shall soon be brewing her first pot of tea… Oh yes, and there is a Swamp Hop and Hootenanny tonight that you truly will not want to miss! One pass gets you everywhere…


Come join us!

The thing about tickets…

We’re no longer able to accept purchases of tickets through this site as we’re giving our folks time to print out badges in time for the Exhibition. Worry not, however, as one day and three day tickets will be available during the Exhibition.

We thought about also offering seven day tickets, but as four of those days would essentially be hanging out in the hotel and walking around Santa Clara, we thought better of it. Not that there’s anything wrong with Santa Clara, mind you, and if you’d like to spend the rest of the week doing so, by all means be our guests.

Last Call for Discounted Hotel Rooms!

UPDATE: As of this morning, April 19th, there were about 20 rooms still available!!!


Go to: or call the hotel at 888-421-1442. 

Wanna pay less?? Be sure to mention you’re with the Exhibition, to get a discount!


The date for our block rate has passed, HOWEVER –

the Hyatt staff will try to accommodate rooming requests

and will discount the pricing on our guests’ rooms if they are able.




Museum Spotlight: Dorothy Whitman

The Museum of Curiosities welcomes artist

Dorothy Whitman


Dorothy started doing Steam Punk art after seeing the display at the Dickens Fair a few years ago, being fascinated with the themes and the visuals. She’s been painting since she was a kid but for the first time she has an ongoing central focus: Steampunk. Quote: “I have a learning disability which has taught me to do things differently.” Dorothy is also a Nova Albion Vendor so all her works can be viewed and purchased at her vendor’s booth.


Dorothy 4

Q: What medium do you work in and what materials do you use?

My absolute favorite material to work with right now is copper. I was really glad when the price dropped. Lots of my pieces have copper pipes, wires, nails and screen on them. I like the color and the fact that it’s been around for so long. If I can’t get the copper to do what I want I will mold polymers to look like pipe.  I run the copper pipes in such a way to lend an industrial feel to the work. I just love the clockwork-mechanical aspects of Steam Punk and wish I was a bit more on an engineer.Dorothy 2


For the full interview, please CLICK HERE!

Exhibitionists Wanted!

A Call for Exhibitionists! Er, Exhibitors, that is…

From our wonderful new Museum of Curiosities Curator, Professor Joseph Max:

To Prior Exhibitors of the Museum of Curiosities, and Those Newly Curious – Greetings!
Whether your Art is creating gorgeous gadgets, habiliments of the clothier’s craft or of the fantastic fine arts, scientifical ephemera or artifacts that defy all description (at least in polite company), the 2013 Museum of Curiosities is the premiere venue to exhibit the fruits of your labors for all to admire. Past exhibitors have reaped the perquisites of premiere public exposure, expanded business opportunities, and the resounding accolades of the public-at-large.
If you are interested in participating in this most exceedingly entertaining exigency of Steampunk arts and sciences, please contact me at this electrical mail address: While there are very few limitations upon the type of items one might display, space itself is rather in demand and the Exhibition is fast approaching – please initiate this contact with all speed! I love getting questions! Feel free to ask me anything.
By the by, due to the adamantine commitment of Nova Albion to aid and promote the Steampunk arts, there is no fee to exhibit at the museum! In point of fact, exhibitors receive one free pass to the convention! However, if you are selling your works, there is a choice of paying a flat fee (less than paid by a table vendor) or a percentage commission on your sales.
I have set up a Facebook Group page at:
Please join our Group if you are a FB user, and keep up with the latest news!
< Photo courtesy of the Steampunk Scholar >
A post script from the Management: if you are interested in speaking, holding demos or leading a workshop, please let our Program Director know as soon as possible at: – you can most assuredly both display and present, if you should feel so inclined!

Announcing our Maker Guest of Honor!

Just in case y’all are in a hurry, let me get to the big news first, The Maker Guest of Honor is none other than…


Thomas Willeford!


As it was with Gail Carriger, our Author Guest of Honor, I feel that listing Thomas’ many accomplishments to this crowd is a bit redundant, but here’s an excerpt from his bio:

“With degrees in physics, history, and art, it was perhaps inevitable that Thomas Willeford (aka Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone) would become a steampunk enthusiast. His work blurs the precarious line between art and engineering. If, upon viewing a piece, one does not ask “Does that actually work?” he considers the piece a failure.

Thomas has been creating unique and beautiful corsets and all manner of striking Steampunk gadgetry for more than 20 years. Thomas is also the author of the critically acclaimed steampunk how-to book “Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos” (McGraw-Hill).”

Please join me in welcoming Thomas Willeford as our 2013 Maker Guest of Honor.

Okay now, if you have a second, I’d like to say a bit more on the topic…

Steampunks come to the party for a wonderful variety of reasons. For some, it’s the books and the storytelling, for others, it’s the clothes and the costumes and for others still, well, in the words of Jack Nicholson’s Joker, “Where does he get such wonderful toys?”

By and large, people are drawn to all three elements (and many more I’m not listing here), but in my experience, most of us have one area that especially speaks to them and for me, it’s the makers.

This is why we’ve worked so hard, from the first Nova Albion to now, to create an innovative and inspiring maker track as part of our programming and have had Maker Guests of Honor all along.

Bringing it back to 2013 and this announcement, I couldn’t be happier that Thomas agreed to be our GoH. He’s vended with us since the first Exhibition as Brute Force Leather and he wrote one of, if not the, best Steampunk maker book on the market and is working on another book in the series, which should be released in time to make a wonderful gift choice for the 2013 holidays. But through all of this, Thomas is still one of us, as much a fan of the genre as one of the experts and this, my friends, is why I love Steampunks and the wonderful things they do.

So, please join me in welcoming Thomas as our Maker GoH.


Announcing our Author Guest of Honor!


We are exceedingly proud to announce that the Author Guest of Honor for the 2013 Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition will be none other than…



As someone who is part our far-flung tribe of brass and steam, I’m guessing that you’re more than a little familiar with Gail’s books and lovely presence on the aetheric winds of social media, but for the two or three of you who aren’t, here is a more thorough description:

New York Times Bestselling author Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy. Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA’s Alex Award. Her Parasol Protectorate books were all bestsellers. She was once a professional archeologist and is currently working on two new series and overly fond of tea.


Please join me in welcoming Gail as our Author Guest of Honor and…well, now seems like a perfectly wonderful time to remind you all that early-bird weekend passes are NOW available! Only $50 will grant you admission to all the fun and hijinks we have in store for you. 


And, speaking of things we have in store, stay tuned for more announcements of additional Guests of Honor, features and fun.