Æther Feature — Sightmares

by Philippa Ballantine on October 4, 2012

 Every Thursday, the Archives will feature artists, musicians, and makers of all variety, entered for your approval here in the Archives. With so many talented individuals to choose from, we know it is a challenge to feature every clever creative worthy of note, but perhaps we might endeavour to introduce to you a new name in our community of steam and cog, or perhaps remind you of one artisan’s successful efforts to bring the past that never was to the here and now.
This week’s Æther Feature for September 20, 2012, submitted for your pleasure:

Sightmares ™ © are like everything else in my life that I love. They are the result of a big mistake, mixed with good intentions, drowned in a bottle of wine and accented with girlish hope. This is how I ended up married 4 times to three men, but on with the story of Sightmares.

The idea for the time locket was nothing close to what I ended up with (Much like my first marriage). I had this clawed, destroyed poor little thing, with no life in it at all (there is room for a husband joke here, but I will resist). I sat and wondered how to bring it back to life, and then, what in world would I call it, if indeed I was successful? I truly thought I had destroyed it (the locket, not my marriage).

So I played with gears, because…well duh- I am a Steampunk. Then glass flowers, then some other pieces of flotsum and jetsum, but nothing felt right. I still had this empty metal “Thing” that, the more I looked at it, the more it looked like a baby dragon had made it’s way into the world…through it.

So I drowned my creative block in a good Dry Riesling (Bonnie Doon, $6.99 a bottle at Trader Joe’s) and the most crazy idea came to mind. How about putting a little creature inside, clawing it’s way out of the timepiece? Brilliant! I am a Genius! I am the smartest, most beautiful Steampunk that ever lived. Ok, so I got a little carried away. But then I had another problem. How in the heck am I going to do that and if I do, what will I call it?

Needless to say, I figured out the little beast, or at least a part of it. My first eye had an expression that said something like “I am going to eat you when I get out of here”. I loved it. I especially loved that no two expressions where the same. I did over 30 eyes in 2 weeks and every single one was unique. Some simply said “Hello” and others had a sinister look that made me want to lock them in the studio when I went to bed at night. Just in case.

Then a name was needed. Anything worth copyrighting and trademarking and doing all those “Ing” things, need a good name. The naming went something like this. “Eyemares- No. Evilsight Eyes-No. TimeEyes-No!”….and a hundred other names until I went…hey! Sight-Mares! You know….like a Nightmare but with an eye, so Sight then Mares! I did an extensive Google search and found that no one on the planet (or at least in the Google universe, which is all that matters) owned the term Sightmares. Bwa ha ha, it was mine!

Now I make these one-of-a-kind little critters that are part time machine portal and part….whatever little beastie you would like them to be, but all are made from the heart of me, Dr Brassy and all are Sightmares ™ ©. Oh, and I have a really nice husband now who understands why we own exactly 7 mantle clocks, and not one of them works.

Faithfully presented by Brassy Steamington

Brassy Steamington is a some-time contributor to a local liberal weekly publication called New Times and has written such pieces as “It’s a Kinky, Kinky World” about BDSM. Brassy has  always been a self-professed artist. Her first Steampunk designs were crafted in 1988. Long before anyone was calling it Steampunk, one of her personalities was crafting earrings. It has been a long, patient road waiting for the world to catch up, and now Steampunk is steamy hot and mainstream to her extreme delight.  She reside in the Goldilocks Zone of the California Coast in San Luis Obispo, with her ever patient husband, Professor Pyrosthenes and two very spoiled kitties; Delilah and Farallon Fur Missile Von Shtubby But (that’s another story).

 

Do you have a steampunk musician, artist, short film, designer, or maker that you wish to see in our Ministry Æther Feature? Contact our journalists at tee (at) teemorris (dot) com and pip (at) pjballantine (dot) com, and they will labour to feature you here. If selected, the artist-in-question will be notified. Thank you for your continuing interest in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

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