Steampunk’d Stars at SPWF!

You’ve seen the TV show…now meet some of the contestants in person! Stoking The Fires of Inspiration, The Steampunk World’s Fair is thrilled to welcome the inspiring talents of Steampunk’d judges and contestants…
Check back as we add more guests and surprises!


Thomas Willeford

Thomas Dean Willeford is a steampunk writer, artist, and maker. He is particularly known for his work appearing on television, his book Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos, and his company Brute Force Studios.
Willeford created the steampunk arm worn by Nathan Fillion in episode 3.4 of the television series Castle. His work has been displayed at the University of Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science, at the Steampunk Bizarre Experiment, the Penn State Berks Freyberger Gallery, at Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery and at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, and has been featured in Popular Mechanics. He is a contributor to Bruce Boxleitner’s Lantern City and was a judge on Game Show Network’s Steampunk’d.

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Tayliss Forge

Tayliss is a cosplay model and artisan crafter. She was also a contestant on the show “Steampunk’d.” A majority of her time is spent making costumes and accessories for her online business: Nonconformity Accessories. She loves leather-working and creating corsets, bracers, purses, etc. She also enjoys making replicas of props, jewelry, and clothing from movies, TV shows, anime, video games, or board games. She often attends anime and comic conventions where she wears her costumes. Most of her costumes are heavily influenced by steampunk and Victorian fashion.

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Tobias McCurry

Tobias McCurry is a young and ambitious Jack of All Trades nerd out of Seattle, WA. Tobias is one part Costumer, three parts Performer, and a whole lot of Live Action Roleplayer. Having been involved in various fandoms and events since 2009, Tobias has become a staple of Steampunk and shenanigans.

As a costumer, Tobias prefers to keep his materials as close to reality as possible, often incorporating various leathers and metals. He also specializes in creating contact-safe foam boffer weapons for LARP games, as well as props that help flesh out quality storytelling for a myriad of fictional worlds.

Enjoying the aspects of performance and community inclusiveness involved in his line of work, he is primarily known for his appearances on GSN’s reality show series Steampunk’d, his presence in the Live Action Roleplaying community, and for his Steampunk “Spring-Heeled Jack” stilt-walking kit.

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Steampunk’d Stars at SPWF!

You’ve seen the TV show…now meet some of the contestants in person! Stoking The Fires of Inspiration, The Steampunk World’s Fair is thrilled to welcome the inspiring talents of Steampunk’d judges and contestants…
Check back as we add more guests and surprises!


Edward Thayer

Edward Thayer (known as) “Steampunk Eddie” and winner of GSN’s reality TV show “Steampunk’d” and took the title of “Top Steampunk Maker” in the country.

His art work has been sold internationally to well-known software companies such as “Cap Gemini”. Although Ed is famous for his “steampunk” influenced style, he has over 30 years experience in the custom automobile and motorcycle field as an airbrush artist and metal fabricator.

His most well known “steampunk” influenced masterpiece “A Matter of Time” can be seen in the AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) Museum in Hershey Pennsylvania until November 6th of 2016.

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Thomas Willeford

Thomas Dean Willeford is a steampunk writer, artist, and maker. He is particularly known for his work appearing on television, his book Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos, and his company Brute Force Studios.
Willeford created the steampunk arm worn by Nathan Fillion in episode 3.4 of the television series Castle. His work has been displayed at the University of Oxford’s Museum of the History of Science, at the Steampunk Bizarre Experiment, the Penn State Berks Freyberger Gallery, at Nemo’s Steampunk Art & Invention Gallery and at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, and has been featured in Popular Mechanics. He is a contributor to Bruce Boxleitner’s Lantern City and was a judge on Game Show Network’s Steampunk’d.

WebsiteFacebook  | TwitterInstagram | Steampunk’d


Tayliss Forge

Tayliss is a cosplay model and artisan crafter. She was also a contestant on the show “Steampunk’d.” A majority of her time is spent making costumes and accessories for her online business: Nonconformity Accessories. She loves leather-working and creating corsets, bracers, purses, etc. She also enjoys making replicas of props, jewelry, and clothing from movies, TV shows, anime, video games, or board games. She often attends anime and comic conventions where she wears her costumes. Most of her costumes are heavily influenced by steampunk and Victorian fashion.

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Karianne Gottschalk

Karianne aka Versidian is a very dedicated artist. It got her a spot on the reality TV show, “Steampunk’d” by being involved with many artistic mediums and especially her skills with leather.

She’s been a leather worker for 10 years and specializes in leather masks which has won her many awards and publishings.
She started her business, Versidian Armory in 2010 which she now Co-Owns with Ross Trumbauer.
They specialize in Leather masks, bags, purses, armor, holsters, jewelry etc.

Karianne came across Steampunk back in 2004 and has been obsessed ever since. She continues to attend as many shows, conventions, and festivals as much as possible to be a part of the community and teach classes on leather making.

Her goal is to build her very own steampunk pirate ship tiny house. With this she can permanently travel making, learning, and teaching wherever she can.

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Ross Trumbauer
Ross Trumbauer has been heavily involved with the Detroit steampunk scene since 2009.  He has been a model for steampunk clothing lines as well as leather steampunk armor.  He has been a leather crafter for 6 years and specializes in armor, bracers and holsters.

He and his girlfriend, Karianne Gottschalk travel the States and Canada with their business, Versidian Armory making, selling, and commissioning leather goods.


Tobias McCurry

Tobias McCurry is a young and ambitious Jack of All Trades nerd out of Seattle, WA. Tobias is one part Costumer, three parts Performer, and a whole lot of Live Action Roleplayer. Having been involved in various fandoms and events since 2009, Tobias has become a staple of Steampunk and shenanigans.

As a costumer, Tobias prefers to keep his materials as close to reality as possible, often incorporating various leathers and metals. He also specializes in creating contact-safe foam boffer weapons for LARP games, as well as props that help flesh out quality storytelling for a myriad of fictional worlds.

Enjoying the aspects of performance and community inclusiveness involved in his line of work, he is primarily known for his appearances on GSN’s reality show series Steampunk’d, his presence in the Live Action Roleplaying community, and for his Steampunk “Spring-Heeled Jack” stilt-walking kit.

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Charles Mason

My name is Charles E. Mason II. I am the first born of eight children, six brothers and one sister. I grew up in Canoga Park CA, played football for William Howard Taft High school for 4 years where I was given the honor of becoming a member of the Los Angeles High School All City Football Team of 1997. After high school I decided to pursue my dreams and my true passion, to become a Special Effects Makeup Artist.

 My first position was working with the visionary Screaming Mad George known for the special effects in the movie “Big Trouble in Little China” and many other movies.  Check  the following site for a list of  Screaming Mad George movies (.After my run with Screaming Mad GeorgeI  moved on to Global Effects (), a company specializing in outfitting uniforms and equipment for astronaut effects.  I then moved on to the world of special effects prosthetics working with the inspirational and incredible Mike Mcgee at Alex In Wonderland (). I learned many of my artistic skills from my employment with these companies. I decided to leave Hollywood for new adventures.

 I moved to Portland OR where would fuse my Hollywood artistic skills with my new craft. I attended Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, with my specialty being baking and pastry. During the past ten years I have pushed  myself to reformulate cakes into works of art. My gingerbread cakes are out of this world creating two sided castles, pirate ship, and even an old steam train. While the baking is fun and I will always love creating baked works of art, it does not fill my heart like creating objects in the Steampunk design.

 As long as I can remember I have loved making things from what is around me, from junk to broken toys. Steampunk is in my blood and I am fulfilling another dream by sharing my passion and creativity with all people. The characters I create are unique and they each have a story to tell.  My character to the left is Krank Shaft, the weapons engineer.  Other characters I have created include:”Kog 10,500″, The Gate Builder….My new “Neptunian” suit and my version of “The Plague Doctor”.

 My ideas come to me during my meditation sessions. Meditation opens me up into a deeply creative space that is part of my very core. This adds to the uniquely creative design of my creations.

 I am also pleased that I was chosen as one of ten artists to participate in the first ever Steampunk design show, “Steampunk’D”. The first episode of “Steampunk’D” aired on the GSN Network on August 19 of 2015. Watch it, enjoy it and have fun.

 I have created Lord Mason’s Extraordinary Designs to share my passion and my vision of Steampunk. My creations are unique, thoughtfully designed, cleverly crafted and very well made. I will provide you with an epic piece of art at all times.

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James Neathery

James Neathery lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Sara and their two children. He began working on small leather projects as a hobby in early 2011, focusing on steampunk and dieselpunk, and founded Starboard Sky that summer. Since then, James has moved from small leather projects into other areas such as armor, electronics, metalwork, and fabrication, but he is probably best known for his hand crafted leather watches. His goal is to make “everyday steampunk” – stylish items that are suited for nearly any budget, but with quality to last a lifetime. His work landed him a spot on the TV series “Steampunk’d,” where 10 makers battled it out for $100,000 by making steampunk creations out of everyday items and repurposed parts. His work has been featured in many steampunk publications and forums, and several of his items have been on display at the AACA museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania. You can see James’s work at www.starboardsky.com and follow him at www.facebook.com/StarboardSkyLeatherworks and on Instagram @starboardskyleather.

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Sara Neathery
Steampunk maker, artist, and model Sara Neathery was born and grew up in rural McMinnville, Tennessee. In 2011 she married her husband James Neathery, who had long loved the steampunk aesthetic and introduced her to the world of clockworks, cogs, and airships.

In 2012 that she sported her first pair of goggles in a Steampunk photoshoot which led to her landing the covers of the award winning Steampunk anthology books, Capes & Clockwork Superheroes in the Age of Steam Vols. 1&2.

Some of her talents include costuming, jewelry making, creating sculptures, and working in the antique restoration industry.

Sara resides in Nashville, TN where she lives with her two children and husband, James. On any given day you can find her in her work space, creating new Steampunk themed pieces of art, posing in front of a camera, or wrangling kids.

How to make a great Steampunk costume

There’s a lot of discussion about whether or not Steampunk dress is “costume”, and I have a firm opinion, which is: I don’t care.  If someone wants to dress in a Steampunk manner for fun, for fashion, as a lifestyle choice, as an identity, or because it makes them feel good, I say: “Go for it!”  And I’ll tell you how.

Want to know how to dress like a Steampunk?

Get some goggles.

Does that sound like a cliche?  Does that sound too easy?  Here’s the deal:  It’s only as cliche’d as what you choose to do with it.  Steampunk is not a Game of Goggles; it’s not a place where you gain respect by having the fanciest or most expensive stuff, nor lose respect by having the simplest and most inexpensive. You gain respect based on who you are and what you do.

I know – that sounds like a fantasy, right?  It’s not because Steampunks are better than other people – it’s not because Steampunks don’t judge by appearance or money or fashion; all humans do that, to some extent.  It’s because you can’t “win” Steampunk.  You can’t say “My Steampunk is better than everyone else’s” – I mean, you can, but then other people won’t want to play with you.

Steampunk grew up in the age of the Internet, when it’s incredibly easy to mock things or criticize.  But it lives at gatherings, dinners, festivals, conventions, concerts, and shows – social spaces where you see each other, face to face.  Internet trolling happens because it’s faceless and anonymous and easy and you don’t have to deal with consequences.  But some of the greatest fun and greatest fulfillment happens in person, and that means that we share our work and discuss things on the Internet, knowing we’ll probably meet up, or have friends who meet up, someday.

And that makes us accountable.  It means our choices matter.

And so, given the choice to be nice or not, we choose nice because it’s how we want to be treated ourselves.

So seriously, for costuming: Just start off with some goggles.  Buy ’em, make ’em, facepaint ’em on – it doesn’t matter.  The goggles just open the door; the best Steampunk costumes are the ones worn by our friends, because friends make us happier than even the shiniest of shiny things.

Oh, and top hats.  Top hats are also pretty cool.

~Jeff Mach

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Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

Why goggles, anyway?

Steampunk performer wearing goggles

This photo is the talented Psyche Corporation; it’s a self-portrait.

Of all the symbols Steampunk could have – why goggles?  Of all the things needed to complete a Steampunk outfit, why do goggles top the list?  They’re not even functional items for us.  They’re not boots that help us walk through Renfaire mud; they’re not flasks for convention enjoyment.  They’re not cosplay of Steampunk’s big heroes, because Steampunk isn’t dominated by big characters in the same way that comic book or scifi or fantasy franchises are.

So–why goggles?

Because the retrofuture’s so bright, I gotta wear shades.

Sorry – that’s a reference to a 1980s novelty hit song.  But honestly, I’m a little serious about this theory.  What if it’s true?

Sunglasses make you look cooler, even if you’re actually, genuinely wearing them to block the sun.  Goggle?  Goggles make you think of people who fly aircraft (planes, hot-air balloons, dirigibles) – people who make and forge things, and, of course, mad scientists.

Goggles are for people who change the world around them.  They’re for people who adventure to new places.  They’re for people who make things that haven’t existed before, or work hard to keep the strange engines of a new world up and running.

Do you need to wear or have goggles to be a Steampunk?  Absolutely not; Steampunk is a state of mind and creativity; you can dress the part if you want, but that’s not important.  What matters is accepting other Steampunks and taking part in our nigh-infinite worlds of peculiar creativity.

But that is my own personal pet theory.  We wear goggles because they’re badges of Makers, Doers, Dreamers, and Creators.  They’re marks of people whose imagination throws off so many sparks that we need imaginary eye protection…just to be on the safe side.

(And the top hats are, of course, to protect us against the possibility that brilliant ideas will enter our head with such force that they’d flatten our skulls if we didn’t have some sort of clothing to protect them.  That makes sense, doesn’t it?)

~Jeff Mach

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Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.

My Steampunk is without regrets

Steampunk! Dancing! Mythology!

Jeff Mach is ridden by a Dragon at Glimmerdark Misfit Faerie Festival.. Imagination is triumphant. We live and love in joy.

My Steampunk could be easier to see in a bunch of pictures, or a Facebook post.  Facebook’s algorithm really will pick up on goggles and grab, because that’s what Facebook wants – gorgeous, magnificent, strange Steampunk stuff.  Not some event promoter in a t-shirt.

My Steampunk could be simpler.

My songs could all be about pistons and oil.

I could write about gears and mad scientists all day long.

I could cater to every Steampunk stereotype, and people would love it – not because people are conformists, but because we are a tribe, a tribe that’s small and close-knit and we are excited to see tribal symbols in ourselves in each others.  Goggles, top hats, corsets?  You must be one of us.  T-shirt and a funny hat?  We’re not so sure, and it’s hard to put yourself out there for someone who might not love you as much as you are ready to love and join with them.

I don’t care.

Your Steampunk is magic.

Your Steampunk is power.

Your Steampunk is you, individually, by yourself, made by you, accountable only to you – and it is your admission, your declaration, your contribution to our wild Steampunk tribe.

Steampunk has limits, sure, but we break them, shatter them, leave them behind.

Create Steampunk.  Create the Steampunk you want.  And have no regrets.  None.

Make Steampunk your own.  You deserve it.  Make it bigger and better, and we will love you for it.  That’s the secret.

No fear. No regret.  Just creativity.  And that’s more than enough.

Grinding gears and mechanical stars,

~Jeff Mach

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Jeff Mach runs Jeff Mach Events, which in turn runs the world’s largest Steampunk event, The Steampunk World’s Fair; the peculiar Faerie festival Glimmerdark, and co-runs Dark Side Of The Con (with VampireFreaks).  He’s on Twitter @steamworldsfair.