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…
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.