Last month, Steam at Harper’s Ferry opened a new exhibit entitled “Steampunk Travel” which will continue until May 13, 2012. For the Art Walk, here is an introduction to the artists and their work.
Pith Helmet Provisions (from the website): “Pith Helmet Provisions is a collaborative effort of unique talents – a painter, a tinker, and a carpenter.
Jill Evans-Kavaldjian is an artist, muralist, and decorative painter; a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Fine Arts; and a former teacher. Her work takes many different forms, from commissioned landscapes, a murals, faux-painted formal interiors, historic and one-of-a-kind floorcloths, and illustrated educational materials.
[Chip York] is an artist, photographer, seamster, carpenter, and tinkerer with mad science leanings. As a boy he took things apart to see how they worked, and occasionally put them back together. Now he takes things apart to make them into something else, scavenging the elements of his creations from the curbsides and dumpsters of our disposable culture. He claims that once you learn construction you can build anything, from a house to a corset. He was steampunk before he knew there was a name for it, and since he and his wife started steampunkfamily.com, he has a forum for sharing his DIY projects and philosophy with other like-minded souls who want to possess objects much more amazing than they can buy, and the joy of making it themselves.
[Kristin Consaul] learned carpentry and tinkering in her father’s workshop. Whenever she got in trouble, her punishment was to help dad in the shop, so she got lots of experience! She formalized her skills at the Heartwood Homebuilding School in Massachusetts. She finds inspiration in the Victorian aesthetic, an era had an elegance that is missing from much of what we surround ourselves with today. [She] is drawn by the rich colors and textures of seasoned wood, and her decorative pieces are often made of salvaged wood.”
Jason Edwards (from his website): “For over ten years, [he] has been a professional scenic artist. He is a graduate of University North Carolina School of the Arts, located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He participated in additional apprenticeship programs as a scenic artist at the Skylight Opera Theater, Goodspeed Opera House, Santa Fe Opera and Cobalt Studios. In the Washington, DC Metropolitan area, he has worked with some of the most well-known organizations in the performance industry, including The Shakespeare Theater, Washington National Opera, Third Dimension, and most recently with the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Award-nominated productions on which he has worked include “Fever Dream”, “Full Circle” and “Boom”. Over the past two years, he has expanded his artistic interests toward more personal art and produced several pieces available for viewing on his blog, jordebot.com. Here’s an interview from American theatre wing: http://americantheatrewing.org/biography/detail/jason_edwards”