I'm pretty comfortable around a computer until a dreaded hardware, software or mal-ware problem hits. Then I come unraveled. So much of my world is centered on having these wonderful technological advances just function predictably and flawlessly. When they crash, as they have done twice in 6 months for me... I find myself longing for the old days when I was happy picking my pictures up at the drugstore and getting a letter, when I never even imagined these admittedly wonderful things like digital photography and email. I think this technological age leaves a lot of people thinking along the same lines. Perhaps we love cottage style, shabby chic, steampunk, antique and vintage things because they comfort and calm us. I must need a lot of comforting is all I can say, because I have tons of treasures that fall into those categories and my art work always has vintage overtones.
Lately, I'm loving the steampunk I see out there. These pieces are influenced by the Victorian Industrial Age and science fiction writers like Jules Verne. They imagined a wonderful world of brass gears and clockworks that would mechanize common tasks and rise into magical realms of the imagination. With all the watch-parts and vintage jewelry I have around, I thought I'd try my own hand at producing a steampunk piece or two. This is my first piece, The Clockwork Bee.
Imagine this tiny messenger being wound up and let loose to fly around the world. At present, all it really does is hang around your neck looking pretty interesting. It's in my Etsy Shop now and will be joined by a swarm of others in a few days, along with some nice vintage clockwork pendants and cuff-links.
Now, I have to get back on tech support with Adobe and see if I can return to the wonderful world of REAL technology.