Tinkers gather for Thames Steampunk workshops

Steampunk Tinker workshop volunteer tutor Sue Clark gets to work on an outfit.
Steampunk Tinker workshop volunteer tutor Sue Clark gets to work on an outfit.

Tinkers of all ages are gathering at the new Steampunk Central arts hub in Thames for a series of workshops.

All workshops will be held at Steampunk Central, 300a Cochrane St, which is next to the Boilerhouse Brewery.

The workshops, run by volunteer tutors Tania Knudsen and Sue Clark, are open to the public every Saturday, with special workshops for children held during the school holidays.

Knudsen said Steampunk Central was set up with sewing machines, leather tools and some materials for people to use.

"It's just open to do whatever you want, you could come down and decorate a hat, with the materials we've got here, or you could event make a hat from scratch because we've got hat making patterns," she said.

"It can be as hard as you want it to be or as easy as you want it to be."

As part of the regular Saturday Tinker Workshop, metal artists John McKeweon and Swny will be showing people how to attach metals together by techniques of welding, braising, riveting and more on October 6, from 10:30am until 1pm.

Knudsen said the pair would be available for help and advice with projects.

"If you have cool bits of metal you want to turn into a gun or hat etc, this is the perfect workshop for you," she said.

A series of children's workshops will be held during the school holidays, she said.

On October 8, children are invited to attend a Steampunk Journal workshop and on October 9, there will be another workshop to make Steampunk guns. Each workshop cost $10 and will run from 12.30pm until 3pm.

A mask workshop and Victorian/punk hairstyle demo workshops were also planned during Saturday Tinker Workshops leading up to the Steampunk the Thames Festival from November 8-11. The festival programme can be found online at www.steampunkthethames.org.

Knudsen said they hoped to continue the workshops throughout the year.

"Steampunk is all about getting the art into the community," she said.

"We use the Steampunk aesthetic but people could come and learn different techniques and use that in any aesthetic that they want to. It's just all about getting more people involved in creative art in the community. It brings people together and it's fun."