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…
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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.
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.
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.