Antipodean Steampunk Makers Guild

It is the opinion of this author, that we need a Makers Guild.

Why you say?

Well let us begin with what is a guild.

In the words of Wikipedia;
A guild /ɡɪld/ is an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their craft/trade in a particular area. The earliest types of guild formed as a confraternities of tradesmen. They were organized in a manner something between a professional association, a trade union, a cartel, and a secret society.

And what does that have to do with the modern day and  Steampunk?

During our work to date on the "Meet your Makers...." series, and our travels to festivals in Australia and New Zealand,  we have met some amazing makers.  From the makers of leather work accessories, to jewellery, to ornamental items.  The makers of Australia and New Zealand are incredibly talented people.

But what we have also found is that many of them work in isolation.  Now I do understand that some art and crafts people do like to keep their trade secrets hidden, but at the same time, sharing and collaborating can have a synergistic effect, taking ideas and creations far beyond where the individual may have gone.

It is for that reason that I think we need a guild.  A place where makers can share ideas, and resources, discuss problems and hurdles they may have in their work, and to help support, encourage and develop the next generation of makers.

So, in the hopes of creating a community of makers, a place where they can converse and share, I have set up;

This is a Facebook group where I hope and encourage all the Steampunk makers of the Antipodes (Australia and New Zealand) to willingly come together to encourage, help and promote each other.

It will be a closed group.  As such the following will be criteria for joining;

  • Be located in Australia or New Zealand (the Antipodes)
  • Be a maker of steampunk "things"

If you wish to join, you may be asked to provide examples of your work so that we know you truly are a serious maker.

Together we can learn and share from each other.  Together we can build a stronger and more sustainable Steampunk community.


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