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It's a whopping 25% off everything at Brilliant Aether... but only until the 24th August! Simply type BABBAGE into the voucher code box in your shopping cart and 25% will automatically be deducted from your purchase price. The shop will be closing for the holidays at sales end, so don't delay!
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Upcoming Dorian's Parlor Event

 Dorian’s Parlor
is a celebration of the Steampunk aesthetic, which blends history with the future and adds a healthy dose of what might have been. Patrons dance, sip cocktails, enjoy hors d'oeuvres and partake in a one-of-its-kind lineup of bands, DJs, dancers and high fashion from the foremost neo-vintage designers. Dorian’s Parlor is fast becoming a household name for those who love Steampunk and all things neo-vintage.

The June lineup features the return of the delightful Psyche Corporation, which is “one part cyberpunk trip-hop darkwave music, one part robotics exhibition, one part dreamscape art.” The much-loved White Elephant Burlesque Society returns as well with a gypsy cabaret full of vaudevillian burlesque Dorian’s Parlor also features New-England based band Jaggery, an art-rock collective which weaves instruments such as harp, viola, piano, contrabass, and drum kit with other-worldly vocal stylings. For something a little out of the ordinary, check out Walter Sickert and The ARmy of BRoken TOys, described as “a Dada-esque circus carnival run amuck.” This month’s fashion show will feature the delightful designs of Jeximé, and Tsirkus Fotografika’s RA Friedman will present the project’s most memorable and intriguing portraits and discuss his unorthodox photo methodology.

The next 21+ event will be held Saturday, June 4th, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., in the Ormandy Ballroom of the DoubleTree Hotel, on the Avenue of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia. Admission is $25, and includes a drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres.
New offers (added to the 30-some pre-existing):

W'ere officially over 50% with our kickstarter, with two and a half days to go.

That sounds bad - but we've seriously made most of our progress over the last 4 days... as kickstarters should go. Still, we'd feel much better if we were a bit closer to that mark by the end of the day, so, we've extended more offers and rewards.

I've also lowered the prices some existing ones - and made it more clear that the Steampunk/Steampulp coloring book for grown up kids, the Airships and Tentacles Scrap Book, and the $1 downloadable art, come with most every higher reward...

Also the commemorative tee shirts, your name engraved in the piece of art, and other such things come with most of the mid to higher level awards.

~ The ChaiThulhu Original Painting (bottom of this post) reduced to $999, with tee shirts, coloring books, downloads, and a lot more extras.

~ A new offer from Bethalynne Bajema, wherein she will do your portrait in the style of her Black Ibis cards, make a card of it, and slip it into the actual deck (which you will receive by mail) - also includes tee shirts, downloads, coloring book, etc...

~For Bands - I have a pretty sweet album cover deal, including prepress/layout/typesetting... tray cards, Cd booklets, CD imprints, and even custom art! (plus the tee shirt, web banners from our site, etc..)

~ For Business owners or other people who would like a newly designed website - I've got a deal where I design yours, populate it with a nice amount of content, throw in a free domain name, host it for a year, and even throw in the tee shirt, a banner ad from our site to yours, and a tour of our lab for you and your friends/companions. Logo refreshes/reworks are included, and you get a lot of big files you can use for collateral materials and other advertising needs.

Below: ChaiThulhu painting (12x24 on wood panel in acrylic paint)

Todd Cahill (Steam Machine Sculptor), Steve Brook (maker of steampunk guitars, amps, and other steam mods, and I are working on building a humongous, tremendous machine for an art competition this coming September.

It will be a large mechanical contraption with many, many articulating and moving parts, combined with a huge painting - a large work of engineering and art working together as one.

It will be powered completely by alternative energy (wind, steam from clean-burning sources, solar, and the like), and will be the biggest work of steampunk art any of us have made.

Our design will be improvised according to what parts we are able to spot and buy. We are making this out of 90% re-purposed material (light posts, old industrial lamps, tornado sirens), and looking mainly for things that have the strength and elegance of the 1800's.... back when engineering and art were one in the same.

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We're trying mainly to find things that are antique/vintage, but for some reason or another un-restorable (we'd rather not destroy history if we can help it).

Some of the donations we've gotten so far are things like connecting rods off of old Model A Fords (given by my friends at Model A Restorers), and some of the things we've found that we can use, are waiting... but rather expensive.

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These are absolutely beautiful for everything they can be. Though they are just sitting, they'll cost us $3000 for the lot of them.

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So, we're asking that you keep an eye out for things - in garages, rusting hulks in farm fields, in barns- things being pitched that you'd like to see used, but don't have a use for yourself.

More than anything, we are asking people to spread the word about our Kickstarter page (or any page you choose). We'd love to see the bulk of the kickstarter covered by tiny (but tremendously important) $1 donations - because this is a community project - and awareness will serve us better than anything as far as getting community to chime in on parts they have or can get.

As rewards we have custom guitars by Steve Brook, a Painting by me, limited edition brass etchings and screen prints pulled by us... and many other interesting things - most of which available for donations less than our selling prices.

If you are interested in keeping up to date through facebook, you can post pictures of parts and details about them on our facebook page: Facebook.com/InfernalDevice - you can also find many more details, images, and video at InfernalDevice.Net

We really hope we can get the community talking about this event, encourage participation, and hope to see as many of you can come at its September unveiling in Grand Rapids Michigan.

You can also meet with all of us at the Steam City event. We'll be picking up artworks from the Museum of Industry and Innovation, for the extension of the exhibit at the World Steam Expo on Memorial Day Weekend).

Below: One of Todd Cahill's artful steam engines

Below: One of Myke Amend's luminist and surreal landscape paintings, done for Steampunk band Abney Park

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Below: One of Steve Brook's many finely crafted and custom-rebuilt musical artworks on display at the Museum of Industry and Innovation

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