The past thirty-odd years of the decorative and industrial arts have seen a tyranny of modernism. During these years there was scant interest in classical, ornate design elements. This contemporary minimalism, identified by the overused mantra of "clean, crisp design", had reigned unchallenged and nary an antique decorative flourish or hand-wrought detail could be found (effectively ignoring over two centuries of profoundly important design history)".
"Then Steampunk came along and expanded the scope of what is considered 'modern' design. Finally there was the freedom to not only include but celebrate handcrafted elements that took their inspiration from the 19th century arts and industrial crafts. This is a genre that promotes the blessed freedom to create without the aesthetic restrictions of the 'less is more' philosophy".
"It's important to know that Steampunk is neither a simple nostalgia nor a trip down Retro Lane. Running parallel and heavily informed by the current Maker movement, Steampunk strives to embrace modern technology, craft and art as it cherishes the evidence, not the obliteration, of the creative human hand".
Art Donovan, Bookish Interview. Nov 2013