Guests of Honor
A retired Electrical Engineer, 2nd generation artist with a creative bent, highly skilled in woodworking, machining, and metal working, Vandergraaff Gearheardt soon discovered steampunk as a way to blend his love of electricity and Victorian mantle clocks in widely creative works of art.
Gearheardt has shown his 3D pieces in galleries all over the country and we are thrilled to have him show some of his incredible pieces that integrate both electricity and whimsy at Gaslight Expo this year.
Tim Powers is an incredible American science fiction and fantasy author.
Powers has won the World Fantasy Award twice for his critically acclaimed novels Last Call and Declare. His 1988 novel On Stranger Tides served as inspiration for the Monkey Island franchise of video games and was optioned for adaptation into the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film.
Most of Powers’ novels are “secret histories”. He uses actual, documented historical events featuring famous people, but shows another view of them in which occult or supernatural factors heavily influence the motivations and actions of the characters.
Typically, Powers strictly adheres to established historical facts. He reads extensively on a given subject, and the plot develops as he notes inconsistencies, gaps and curious data; regarding his 2000 novel Declare, he stated,
“I made it an ironclad rule that I could not change or disregard any of the recorded facts, nor rearrange any days of the calendar – and then I tried to figure out what momentous but unrecorded fact could explain them all.” – Tim Powers
Alex Ferruzca discovered the steampunk scene in 2005 while researching for a Halloween costume. He stumbled upon a picture of a Steampunk style costume, and the rest, they say, is history.
Alex is a fine artist, with a degree in Illustration and Design, and is a self thought costume maker. His closet has a range of outfits from Renaissance Faire to Fantasy Vintage hand painted jackets, with a particular love for steampunk.
Alex’s costumes have been on display in the Automotive Museum in San Diego, in various blogs, and social media outlets. He has also been a popular guest speaker at various conventions and events.
His approach to costume making is the same as the approach to his artwork. Alex thinks of a costume as a canvas for creativity and mixes many different types of materials to create the final costume ensemble. His unique approach to painting directly on fabric makes for many unique and one of a kind art costume pieces.
Mr. Ferruzca also has a very particular love for accessories. In his mind, a outfit is not complete without the right accessory. To that end, he has created many of his own accessories that complement his fantastic costumes, including hats, painted accessories, different types of mechanisms, and jewelry.
Alex will be hosting some workshops at Gaslight Expo so he can share his passion for creating wearable art and accessories!
Updated: Sept 11, 2017