Funky Finds is based outside of Jefferson, Texas, a charming historical town in deep East Texas. There is always something fun going on in this small but busy town. For example, this weekend is Pilgrimage. The town will be filled with Civil War reenactors participating in the re-enactment of the Battle of Port Jefferson that took place in 1864. I personally will be dressed in period costume while acting as a docent at one of the historical homes on tour. I love playing dress up!
Last month, Jefferson hosted The Steampunk Illumination Society from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The group held their Steampunk & Paranormal conference here because Jefferson is considered to be the most haunted town in Texas by paranormal experts, as well as Discover, Travel, and Sci-Fi channels. Also, the group enjoyed the Steamboat and train rides.
I was excited about this event, because two designers I know from the DFW area decided to participate as vendors. Lindsay Wisecup is the creative mastermind behind House of Introspection & she has vended at many of Funky Finds' art & craft events in Fort Worth. Teaming up with her for the first time was Amy Jewell, a talented designer, who teaches multiple classes, as does Lindsay, at The Artful Bead in Carrollton. For this event, Amy decided to try her hand at millinery, or hat making, and I must say she was successful in creating eye-catching accessories!
It was great to have time to visit with Lindsay & Amy in a relaxed atmosphere. Usually we see each other briefly during all the hustle & bustle I experience during a Funky Finds event! In addition to their goods, there were other vendors selling a wide variety of unique items ranging from clothing to jewelry. But, I must say, it was extremely fun people watching AND meeting a man on stilts! Steampunk attire is very creative & interesting.
If you are unfamiliar with Steampunk culture, check out this article I wrote back in 2009. Many people visiting the vendor area asked, "What IS Steampunk?" I heard Lindsay tell one curious shopper that "Steampunk is like Victorian times, but with ray guns." Now you're REALLY intrigued, aren't you!?
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(pictured: 1. Me as a docent in December during the Candlelight Tour of Homes; 2. House of Introspection Display; 3. Amy & Lindsay; 4. Me & A Man on Stilts)