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Fellow steampunk fan loves his new Artsmith Craftworks airship

08 Jun

I got an email from a man named Don yesterday, who had purchased one of my airships in The Artisan’s Bench in downtown Brighton, Michigan. (I’ve mentioned them before). Don’s email was very complimentary and I’ve included it with permission below, along with the picture of the airship that he took of it hanging in his creative space. Thanks Don!

“Hi, Stephan: My wife and I were in Brighton yesterday and stopped in to The Artisans Bench. Saw your zeppelin’s and balloons and it was all over. I collect old clockwork toys (planes, tanks, submarines, armored cars), cannon models, dogs, dinosaurs, minerals, and on and on – a regular cabinet of curiosities.  Your airships are a perfect match – handmade, vintage vibe, mechanical mojo.

At one time I did a lot of pen and ink drawing (way back in the 80’s). Among the usual sword and sorcery stuff I liked creating fantastic machines. One of my favorite drawings is a man ‘o war hanging under a big zeppelin!  Buying your airship might just motivate me to get that one framed so they can hang together. Until then, I’ve got it in the computer room, hanging next to a working steam power motorcycle (I made the hangers from ladder chain and some old erector set pieces).

I’ve attached a picture of your airship in it’s new home. Thanks so much for making these masterpieces.”

Don

Photo of an Artsmith Craftworks steampunk airship hanging in its dispay position in its new owner's home.

Don’s airship in its new home

When I asked Don if I could post his email and photo, he went on to say:

“The very nice people at the Artisan’s Bench told me about your blog and web site and I read them when I got home – really great stuff. I haven’t seen work as well done as yours since I discovered the crabfu website (I think he’s an engineer or something, but he takes radio controlled cars and trucks and turns them into steampunk steam powered insect-like tanks – even a fully articulated steam powered centipede crawler).

I like the repurposed nature of your work, at first glance your pieces look all hand cast – then you start to recognize the forms within – very cool. I collect all the old toy parts I can find – then when building or repairing or setting up dioramas they all come into play.

Keep up the good work.”

Don

Thanks for the compliments, Don!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or at 810-516-7381.

 

Artsmith Craftworks on display

08 May

Though not a new happening, below are photos of my airships and balloons in the front of the Brighton, Michigan store, The Artisan’s Bench, where my work is always on display for sale. If you’re local to Brighton, I’d love to have you stop in and take a look. If you’re not local, then I need you to sell your house and move closer to the store…  Kidding!! But it does warrant a road trip to check out the fine offerings that The Artisan’s Bench represents…mine included!

Photo of steampunk airships and hot air balloons at The Artisan's Bench, built by Stephan J Smith.

Photo of steampunk airships and hot air balloons at The Artisan's Bench, built by Stephan J Smith.

Photo of steampunk airships and hot air balloons at The Artisan's Bench, built by Stephan J Smith.

Photo of steampunk airships and hot air balloons at The Artisan's Bench, built by Stephan J Smith.

Photo of steampunk airships and hot air balloons at The Artisan's Bench, built by Stephan J Smith.

I look forward to hearing about your visit to the store, or, I encourage you to look through this website, or my Facebook page (linked at the right), or drop me an email to tell me you need a custom piece that I will be happy to start as soon as possible!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or at 810-516-7381.

 
 

Altered Alchemy

20 Apr

I like to showcase recent work that I’ve done, when I get it done…but I also like to periodically highlight the work of other fantastic artists when I happen across it. One such artist is Luthien Thye, of AlteredAlchemy.com. Luthien creates amazing book covers and journal covers, as well as wonderful wearable art and jewelry. Her work has a kind of steampunk/retro/vintage look that I personally find very appealing.

Amazing book cover by Luthien Thye

Fallen Angel Revisited

I’ve always been interested in handmade jewelry, especially if it incorporates found and vintage objects, and Luthien’s work really fits the bill. I think I originally ran across her work while spending some time on Pinterest and I just had to contact her and tell her how amazing I thought her work was.

Photo of an amazing grouping of steampunk mixed media necklaces by Luthien Thye of Altered Alchemy

Steampunk Totems Group – Mixed Media Necklace

What’s really cool is that she does her amazing work and is still the busy mother of two young daughters. Having a young family and staying true to her art makes her all the more special.

Please follow the links and check our her website and her Etsy pages. You’ll be glad you did!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or at 810-516-7381.

 

Steam wins at America’s Beauty Show!

23 Mar

So, this post is a little off the norm for me, except that it does involve steampunk couture and my neice Gabrielle Whiteaker! She won first place at the recent America’s Beauty Show in Chicago for her steampunk hair creation and has been on the whirlwind circuit ever since… Go Gabby!!

Photo of the detail on a steampunk themed hairdo, with gears and other baubles.

Gears on girls…how can one resist?

Photo of Gabrielle Whiteaker on the Bart Hawley Show on JTV.

Gabby on Jackson’s own JTV on The Bart Hawley Show!

Congratulations to Gabby…keep up the good work!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or at 810-516-7381.

 

Found objects

11 Feb

By now most of you who are familiar with my work know that my artistic passion lies with using found objects. I guess I’ve always collected things…even when I was very young. Things with unique shapes or interesting colors or things that looked like other things. I guess you could say that my work is like the adult version of make-believe. I’ve been called a hoarder, although what I save is saved with an idea in mind for what it could be turned into…what could be made from it. Flat items can be used to cut flat shapes from. Cup shaped items can hold things…solids, powders, liquids, etc. Bowl shapes can be used as covers, caps, etc. Some materials can be curled or bent or torn or cut to create other things.

A photo of 9 orange plastic covers/caps arranged in a 3x3 pattern on a white surface.

Everyday objects that you throw away can become many other things

Image: www.freeimages.co.uk

I encourage everyone to look around you and try to see things, not for what they are in their current state, but what they could be reused for. Many of the plastic and metal objects that we throw in the trash are not much different in shape or construct from the things we pay good money for in stores that are marketed and meant for another purpose. Even if you are not artistically inclined, think of ways to reuse those everyday objects for another purpose. It saves you money, helps your daily life in some way and it keeps one more piece out of a landfill!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or at 810-516-7381.

 

Artsmith Craftworks’ airship flies in Boston

28 Jan

Over the Holidays, a couple visiting from Boston saw one of my intermediate size Victorian airships they liked at The Artisan’s Bench in Brighton. They couldn’t take it back to Boston on the plane, so we shipped it to them and they now have it installed in their living room. I always like seeing my ships flying in their new homes and the owners, Tatiana and Stefan, were nice enough to send me a shot of theirs!

Photo of a steampunk airship sculpture installed in a corner of a collector's living room.

The beginnings of a collection!?

Stefan liked the airship enough that he commissioned me to build a steampunk hot air balloon that is currently under construction, so, more to come on that!

Do you have a comment or request? Be sure to drop me a line.

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or at 810-516-7381.

 

Steampunk air power!

09 Jan

This is not the first steampunk airship aircraft carrier I’ve done, but it’s every bit as fun and tough! As with all of my airship and hot air balloon pieces, the construction uses a combination of papier-mâché and re-purposed/found materials. I often challenge people to identify the former purpose of the different elements they can see on the sculpture. They are often surprised at how many of the objects are things they throw in the trash every day. You can make some amazing art with found objects…try to see how many things you can spot!

Photo of a steampunk aircraft carrier airship by Stephan J Smith of Artsmith Craftworks.

Lean and mean

Close up of the gondola on the belly of a steampunk airship aircraft carrier sculpture built by Stephan J Smith of Artsmith Craftworks.

Gondola close up

Close up of the biplanes on the deck of a steampunk airship aircraft carrier sculpture built by Stephan J Smith of Artsmith Craftworks.

The fleet at the ready!

A biplane takes off from the deck of a steampunk airship aircraft carrier sculpture built by Stephan J Smith of Artsmith Craftworks.

Take off!

The aircraft carrier is a lot of fun, partially because it follows Victorian steampunk “form” and is quite anachronistic. It certainly is fun to imagine the action of a craft like this if it were to materialize in our reality! Let me know your thoughts in the comments section!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Custom Wedding steampunk hot air balloon

23 Nov

Back in June, a woman bought three of my hot air balloons. She really loved them and showed them to her daughter, who also loved them. The daughter was getting married in August and asked her mother to get her and her future husband one as a wedding gift, since they were both steampunk fans.

The woman then commissioned me to do a hot air balloon that commemorated her daughter’s wedding date. The hot air balloon below is the result…

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Custom hot air balloon

Two sides of the copper gondola bore the bride and groom’s initials…

Bride's initial

Bride’s initial

Groom's initial

Groom’s initial

The front of the gondola had the wedding date…

Date on front of gondola

Date on front of gondola

Do you have a special date that you’d like to order a steampunk hot air balloon for? Drop me a line!

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. I’d love to hear your questions or suggestions!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Degrees of Victory book cover

21 Oct

Awhile back, I posted about a commissioned spaceship model I did for a friend’s sci-fi novel. I posted photos of the finished piece and a brief description of the process. The purpose of the piece was two-fold. First, the author, D. R. Jordan, wanted a physical model for reference and shows. Second, the model was to be photographed as the basis for the book cover art.

My reason for posting today is to show the finished book cover and to provide an Amazon link to the e-book version of the novel, Degrees of Victory, Book 1: Empires!

Created with GIMP on a Mac

http://www.amazon.com/Degrees-Victory-Book-1-Empires-ebook/dp/B00NBK9EFS/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410108652&sr=1-1&keywords=Degrees+of+Victory

Please follow the link and show some love by grabbing an eCopy of the novel!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Steampunk sepia hot air balloon

07 Oct

I’ve now done several hot air balloons in the steampunk style. All are fun and colorful…except this one. I thought doing one that had the appearance of being plucked out of an old daguerreotype photograph would be fun and different from what I usually do.

Steampunk sepia hot air balloon

Steampunk sepia hot air balloon

Detail of gondola

This balloon is currently on display and available from the Artisan’s Bench in downtown Brighton, Michigan.

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Medium sized Victorian Steampunk “Maki” airship

09 Sep

I’ve done larger ships and I’ve done smaller ones, but this medium sized, Victorian Steampunk “Maki” airship is a very desirable one. It’s small enough to easily place in a room without special accommodations, yet large enough to make a statement and be the center of an arrangement.

Medium Victorian Steampunk "Maki" airship

Medium Victorian Steampunk “Maki” airship

This piece, as with all my work, uses upcycled, repurposed materials and found objects in its design and construction. It is approximately 36″ long and 22″ deep and 18″ wide. The gondola is my own adaptation of a “pirate ship” profile, with wood plank decking and brass anchors.

Gondola detail

Gondola detail

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Wouldn’t you like to fly in my beautiful…

07 Jun

Balloon!

I mentioned in my previous post that there was a repeat order for two more steampunk hot air balloons from the person who bought the first one, so here they are.

Orange and yellow

Orange and yellow

Gondola close up

Gondola close up

She had indicated that she wanted one to have a yellow and orange stripe pattern and the other to have green and teal, so here’s the second balloon…

Green and teal

Green and teal

Gondola close-up

Gondola close-up

Both have the patina of age and the copper and brass look that I use on my steampunk pieces.

So now I’m off and running on yet another steampunk hot air balloon and several other airships. The fun never ends!

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and re-purposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on re-purposing/up-cycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Up, up and away!

22 May

Most of what I’ve done in the past from a steampunk standpoint has been dirigibles or airships. I love doing them and they can be quite different from each other while still maintaining the classic arrangement of envelope and gondola. However, in the gallery where my work is on display for sale, The Artisan’s Bench in Brighton, Michigan, there have been several requests for hot air balloons in the steampunk aesthetic. Well, I finally got to the task of creating one…a sort of maiden voyage, if you will…and here it is.

Maiden voyage

Maiden voyage

As anyone who knows my work already expects, this piece was made using re-purposed and up-cycled materials that I happened to have or collect.

Gondola close up

Gondola close up

The balloon part was the trickiest part…trying to maintain some symmetry without driving myself too crazy. Deciding on how to paint it, what colors, how to patina and antique it, how it would hang, etc.

Balloon close up

Balloon close up

All in all, I think it was a success, and apparently, so did the lady who bought it right away and ordered two more!

As always,  I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom piece of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and up-cycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Visigoth

13 May

Today I’m posting a piece I just finished for a client and friend of mine. This friend approached me a couple months ago and told me he was writing a three part sci fi novel series which featured a spaceship…a battleship, as it’s centerpiece. He wanted a model of the ship built, both as a way to further bring the story to life…as inspiration and also as a model to photograph and use in book cover production. This was certainly a departure from what I normally build, but I’ve always wanted to build a sci fi spaceship. I mean, my whole life I’ve wanted to build something like that…and here was my chance. How could I say no?

The name of the ship is the Visigoth. A heavily armored, heavily gunned battleship, with 8 huge rail guns, 4 on the dorsal surface and 4 on the ventral surface. The ship essentially has 8 facets, arranged in a 3D diamond shape, with each facet containing a rail gun turret, as well as two defensive array panels, each with a laser cannon, a missile turret and a sensor, for a total of 16 laser cannons, 16 missile turrets and 16 sensors.

The Visigoth

The Visigoth

It’s certainly a formidable looking ship. The build was a challenge for me since the materials were somewhat different than I’m used to working with and the finished look is hard and angular, which is a huge departure from the steampunk copper and rivets and more organic shapes I usually do. But what a fun piece to plan, sweat over and finally finish, to the immensely satisfied client!

Nose and landing bays

Nose and landing bays

Profile view showing all railgun turrets

Profile view showing all rail gun turrets

I’d love to hear your comments and suggestions!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

18″ Steampunk airship 003

22 Apr

Today’s post is a mid-range size steampunk airship. This dirigible has a more “grunge” gondola with the propeller mounted on it instead of on the airship envelope like others I’ve done. It also has a pillar mount rather than the more Victorian looking netted suspension and the fins are a plate copper design. The overall length is about 18″ due to the propeller being on the gondola.

18" steampunk airship 003.

18″ steampunk airship 003

Gondola detail

Gondola detail

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

22″ Victorian airship 002a

29 Mar

Today’s post is a mid-range size Victorian steampunk airship recently finished. This dirigible has a ship-like gondola and a more “protracted” design on the propeller. It also employs a netted gondola suspension, rather than a pillar suspension.

22' Victorian with netted ship-like gondola

22′ Victorian with netted ship-like gondola

As always, I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Steampunk airship aircraft carrier

20 Mar

Today’s post is a piece that I’m particularly proud of! I thought that cutting an airship lengthwise and building something cool on top would be fun. Then I had an epiphany and decided to make the up-build an aircraft carrier. Now, before you say it, I know that the biplanes on the deck are a bit anachronistic, but hey, steampunk is nothing if not a bit time warped, right?

Steampunk airship aircraft carrier

Steampunk airship aircraft carrier

Gondola detail

Gondola detail

Aircraft detail

Aircraft detail

As always, this airship uses repurposed/found object, cardboard, paper and papier-mâché in its construction. How many recognizable objects can you identify?

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

 

 

 

Steampunk paddlewheel airship

07 Mar

Next in the mid-range airship line up is the steamunk paddlewheel design. This airship is approximately 22″ long with a turnable paddlewheel on each side, reminiscent of the Mississippi riverboats of days gone by. This is the first time I’ve done a paddlewheel and I had a great time building it. It gives me a lot of ideas for other airships!

Mid-sized steampunk paddlewheel airship

Mid-sized steampunk paddlewheel airship

I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

 

Steampunk airship 002

22 Feb

Today’s post is a recently finished Victorian style steampunk airship. This one is approximately 24″ in length overall and has very decorative stabilizer fins and a wooden propeller with scaffolded prop struts.

As always, this airship uses repurposed/found object, cardboard, paper and papier-mâché in its construction. How many recognizable objects can you identify?

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I encourage comments and dialogue. Drop me a line to ask questions, make suggestions or order a custom airship of your very own!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

 

Artsmith Craftworks goes Hollywood (part 4)

06 Feb

The night of the Red Carpet event happens and the airships by Artsmith Craftworks fly high over the crowd of young film makers. The theme of the night being steampunk, many cool decorative items can be seen, setting the mood for the event. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

Orange County Film Festival Red Carpet

Orange County Film Festival Red Carpet

Orange County Film Festival Red Carpet

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Diabolus on stage

Diabolus on stage

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I’m glad I got the chance to have my work displayed at an event that honors those in the film arts. I anxiously await the call ordering airships for the next big Hollywood steampunk feature!

Stephan J. Smith is the artist and sculptor at Artsmith Craftworks in Swartz Creek, MI. Using recycled and repurposed materials, Stephan builds a myriad of sculpted wonders, including fantastic and whimsical steampunk airships that have amazed and delighted fans for years. A passion for reusing and upcycling found items into beautiful and amazing art is what drives Stephan to make art that both teaches and inspires. Stephan also does commissioned work and is available to do talks and classes on repurposing/upcycling and may be reached at ArtSmithCraft@yahoo.com or by phone at 810-516-7381.

Photo of the Orange County Film Festival Red Carpet Event. Stephan J Smith. Artsmith Craftworks. steampunk airship