As an artist, I find that its not just my surroundings that inspire me, but the elements around me in my experiences that I draw from. I remember a time that I had given our Steampunk Due North Book cover to a young brother and sister. They were gifts from their Mother and Father. They opened up the package, peeled the fresh crackling tissue paper back, and all of the sudden, as if a slow motion button had been pushed, their faces lit up with an emotional joy that’s hard to describe, but every parent knows when they see it on their kids faces. They reveled over the texture of the leather. They slowly closed their eyes and leaned into the book cover and inhaled the visceral aroma that only real full grain leather can give. They both were so awe-struck. I remember that they looked up at their mom and said- is this really ours? The boy rubbed his hands across the texture and lit up once more when he saw his own name right on the very front of the cover, It was his and belonged to no one else. Mom was filled with joy that was expressed with her eyes watering- the Dad, well, he just asked out loud with a boisterous smile, Did we do good this time guys? They answered with a firm hug, a huge smile and laughter. These are the moments as parents we live for and as a craftsmen I personally cherish. They ran off to a near by park bench and continued this little exploratory journey. they sat down and plaid with the lock. at first the boy struggled and spun it around and around, the sister, leaned over and said like this, you twist the latch and line up the shape and it un-locks! Just like that. The little boy drew out a long -WOOOOOW! this is so perfect! The parents looked at me and thanked me for a job well done. Truly, I was satisfied to have just shared the moment.
you see, its hard to put a dollar amount to an experience that creates an unforgettable memory that will last a lifetime.
As an artist myself, inspiration is certainly the most key element to the creative process. sometimes its a setting, a texture or even simply an element of an experience the snaps the creative chemistry flowing. I not only pull from my surroundings to whiz-bang the process into gear, I also need to have certain articles around me, in my immediate setting, to build the artistic pressure needed to move the gauges on my creative tank. I love texture and aging patinas. I love turning nobs and flipping switches and most of all- I’m elated when can play with old odd things and gadgets from an old world passed.
The Steampunk Style is a movement in science fiction. It is a mixture of the Victorian era’s romantic view of science in literature and elements from the Industrial Revolution in Europe during the 1800s. For us here at the RBL shop, creating the Steampunk style “Due North” Book cover was turn of the century MAGIC! We love the idea of taking gadgets and gizmos to make something come to life that would have never existed before. From the hand picked supple leather to the antique twist latch that locks the book closed- these book covers are an inspiration all on their own.