Symposium Curiosities in Review

Over four years ago, when Aloysius Fox announced he’d be throwing a little thing called the Steampunk Empire Symposium, I (who at the time had just barely been Steamborn as Calamity Dawn) suggested he hold some kind of artistic venue. Not a traditional art show, not quite a maker faire, but something almost like that. Aloysius is the one who coined the term “Curiosities Exhibit.” He asked if I knew anyone who could possibly put something like that together and I said yes! Well, not exactly. I did know someone, Capatain Kosagi of the Art Show in Millenicon, and she agreed to help out. As time to the first Symposium drew nearer it became more and more apparent that the good Cap’n, while able to assist, would not be able to run point. I looked around and realized, of a sudden, that it was I who ended up at the helm of what would become The Airship Curiosity!

Fast forward a few years through Symposiums and Curiosities Exhibits to the present day. The weekend of the International Steampunk Symposium has come and, sadly, gone. The Airship Curiosity landed and opened the doors to the Curiosities Exhibit for the fourth time, and it was bigger and better than ever. Each year the artifacts (always amazing) get more and more intricate, amazing, and beautiful! This year we boasted more artifacts entered than ever before! We had nearly 50 wondrous things on display! We had everything from couture to toys, musical devices, and travel kits and more!

At the core of the Exhibit are the Airship games. Each year we’ve held categories that have been decided on by an impartial staff to win these categories! This year the Airship Categories were: Best Weapon, Best Wearable, and Best Item of Unknown Origin. In addition to that, so that we can honor those artifacts not in the games, we had 2 awards for Curator’s Fancy, one was chosen by the Curious Ones (aka Minions) and one by the Head Curator(s.)

So, with any further ado, I present the winners of the 2015 Curiosities Exhibit:

Curator's Fancy (Curious Ones' choice): Herr Leopold Ghrimmdarque's Monster Hunting Kit (Author John R. White)

Curator’s Fancy (Curious Ones’ choice): Herr Leopold Ghrimmdarque’s Monster Hunting Kit (Author John R. White)

Curator's Fancy (Head Curator's choice): Professor Diana Holt's Traveller's Kit (Shawna Garrity)

Curator’s Fancy (Head Curator’s choice): Professor Diana Holt’s Traveller’s Kit (Shawna Garrity)

Claudius Van Der Graffe's Gossamer the Dragon and Farrady the Sloth

Best in Show: Claudius Van Der Graffe’s Gossamer the Dragon and Farrady the Sloth (Claude McDonald)

Helix Coil of the Clan of the Teks (For the Kraken Alliance) Large Rifle 680

Best Weapon: Helix Coil of the Clan of the Teks (For the Kraken Alliance) Large Rifle

Best Wearable: Osei Rosethorne's of the Airship Ashanti (for the Kraken Alliance) Jetpack

Best Wearable: Osei Rosethorne’s of the Airship Ashanti (for the Kraken Alliance) Jetpack

Best Item of Unknown Origin: Bret Daly of the Corsair Iniquitous Music Box

Best Item of Unknown Origin: Bret Daly of the Corsair Iniquitous Music Box

Each year the artifacts on exhibit get more and more amazing! We here on the Airship Curiosity look forward to what lies ahead.

~Calamity Dawn, co-Curator


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