Gearing Up for STEAMPUNK ArtRides April 2 & 18: check out THIS bicycle!

Since we decided to do a Steampunk theme for our April ArtRides to celebrate the reINVENTiveness and reCREATiveness and reCYCLEness of Earth month, I’ve been poking around the inter-web searching for all things Steampunk.

But this photo came to me from one of the Burning Moms who is friends with the rider of this amazing bicycle, Raina Woolfolk.

Not only is Raina a rider of stunning Steampunk Bicycles and wearing of Steampunk garb, but she is also a talented artist and jeweler, on sale in her esty store.

And what am I going to wear? Still working on it! I do know that I will be riding my bikergo; however, I have some ideas on ways to Steampunk it out!

I’ll have something ready corsetty and Victorian-esque to wear for the First Friday ArtRide, Friday April 2, which meets at the Artists Union at 5:30pm and leaves there at 6pm. I may even have something different to wear for the ArtWalk Sunday ArtRide April 18 which meets at 1:30pm at the Artists Union and leaves at 2pm. That ArtRide ends at Bell Arts Factory, 432 N. Ventura Ave at 4pm for Project Green Runway: Steampunk ReCycle Fashion Show and afterparty with beer donated by Ventura’s Anacapa Brewery.

Rides are free but we accept donations! Children are welcome; they need helmets and to be accompanied by an adult. Children under 8 need to ride WITH an adult.


Now THAT’s a WILD Steampunk Bicycle! ArtRides April 2 & 18!


The San Buenaventura ArtRiders Bicycle & Social Club
invite YOU to ReCycle & ReInvent the past as well as the future with the upcoming
STEAMPUNK ArtRides First Friday April 2 and ArtWalk Sunday April 18!

Even though my bikergo is so NOT Steampunk, I’m still dressing up! I’ve got a fabulous sapphire blue skirt, corset and scarf from a thrift store as well as another sapphire blue thrift store find that’s dazzling with jewels. I should be able to create something wonderful from those materials! And I may just transform my bikergo by wrapping it up in something rad and steampunk-like.

What is STEAMPUNK? Some describe is as a “step sideways in time.”

If you’re curious and in the SF Bay Area, check out the workshops, lectures, sessions, and discussions on all things Steampunk at the “The Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition March 12-14 in Emeryville takes the best elements of traditional science fiction and fantasy conventions, combines them with the passion, ingenuity, and hands-on workshops of Maker events, and places it all in a steam-powered, neo-Victorian setting that spans the 1830s through the early 1910s, from the cultured salons of gaslit London to the rugged coast of San Francisco..

You could say, rightly, that Steampunk is all about making stuff. Making it yourself. Using old stuff to make cool new stuff like old gears and typewriter keys, using materials like brass (the working person’s gold), all in a color scheme far from artificial flavors and colors. An aesthetic that allows you to see the workings, that celebrates the hand that created it.

According to an article on the blog Temple SF, Steampunk offers a peek at clockwork corsetry and hydraulics operated moving machines. Steampunk tinkerers rethink where technology could have led us and the New Albion Steampunk Exhibition which begins today shows us how with a “mass of punks and nonconventional individuals in Victorian garb and laboriously created wings, monocles, wrist weaponry and whatnot, all milling about to waltz music in a very conventional hotel convention space.” Read the rest of this entry »