I really have no feeling for steampunk - I get the concept, but the aesthetics just don't resonate. And even though roses are a steampunk motif, flowers and this mechanistic concept don't seem to mesh.
So when I set about fashioning a bouquet for Museo Gallery's Steampunk art opening last weekend I floundered a bit. I looked for 'Hot Cocoa' roses - but they were a little gloomy and very expensive - same with dark calla lilies. So I went with long, skinny branches of pussy willows cut off a bush growing along the road near our house in Langley, old curly red willow branches I'd had around for ages, and an armload of purple tulips (3 bunches for $12 at Metropolitan Market). And although my old black raku vase is chipped at the top, I pulled it out and put it into Steampunk service - certainly a more pretty, shiny, glass or pastel vase would never work!
The show at Museo is terrific - filled with clever oddities, intricate jewelry, covetable lamps, weird machinery, luminous paintings and amazing clothing....the show runs through February and is well worth a visit. Local artists definitely didn't have my problem grasping the concept - they've turned out stunningly original work. I can guarantee you've never seen anything quite like it - from a steampunk wedding dress to the most curious and sinister cabinet you've ever seen.But come very soon if you want to see the Steampunk bouquet: