On Saturday the 30th of April myself and Mary went to Abby House, a Victorian museum, in Headingly. As Steampunk is a combination of the Victorian era and Punk, we thought it would be a great opportunity to gather research, into Victorian fashion and the overall look and feel of the Victorian times. Unfortunately in order to preserve the items within the museum we couldn’t use flash on our cameras, so some of the photos are dark and blurred. I have lightened some so I can see the detail for future reference. I have organized them into groups and put the photos into a time line. I have gone into more detail about some of these pictures in my sketch book.

Wheels, cogs and contraptions

Steampunk fashion involves funky contraptions and lots of cogs.

Textures

I like the green flock wall paper and the tatty posters on the wall, i could use that photo to apply as a texture in second life.

Shops

I got some great inspiration for the shop. Really like the small square draws, that could be allied as a texture to the front face of a cube. The tall glass viles would look great with some sort of glowing liquid in it.

The Pub

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We where lucky that the museum had a Victorian pub, it gave a great feel of how it should look and feel. I like the mirrored wall, makes it look lighter and bigger. Maybe we could find a way to replicate it in second life?

Outside, inside buildings

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Gives a good idea of the style of writing and how the outside would look. Rooms looked very busy and full. With lots of brass and gold colors.

Lighting

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The lighting in Victorian times had a distinct feel to them. Made of iron and some looked like glowing orbs.

Chairs

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We took lots of photos of chairs. Some were wooden others a combination of wood leather and fabric. We will need to make a few chairs for our project in second life.

Cargo

For the cargo section of the fortress we will need some kind of containers and when I saw the round leather drums I thought the were perfect.

In the musem you had the oppertunity to wear victorian clothes provided while you walked around the museum. We didnt walk around the museum but we did dress up, well I dressed up and Mary took photo’s. These weren’t the best clothes, they were tatty and missing buttons, obviously been there for a very long time, but this did give us an insight into colours, fabrics and upper, lower class and military Victorian colthing. We had a giggle too.

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