Weekend at the Asylum 2014 – Part Four

Sunday –

I arrived late again so I missed the parade in the castle but I decided to look around the stalls in the school again and bought these reduced patterns at a bargain price of £5 each.

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The fantabulous travelling steampunk yarnbomb was displayed again outside the school. It’s a yarnbomb that consists of various patchworks by different artists and Steampunks (including me) that have been combined together. Pieces can be continually added so that it’s always growing and changing. The yarnbomb travels up and down the country to be displayed at various events. (I did the felt octopus patch in blue and yellow)

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You can find more information on the yarnbomb here:

http://frocktopus.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/the-fantabulous-travelling-steampunk.html

https://www.facebook.com/groups/steampunkyarnbomb/

I then went through the castle grounds, square and up to the Assembly Rooms checking out the various stalls again. I got this bustle skirt from one of the stalls in the castle. They had loads all in different fabrics, all handmade and they are reversible too!

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When I arrived at the Assembly Rooms the Introduction to Bartitsu was in full swing. It seemed really interesting actually, I kind of wish I had chosen to attend the workshop, hopefully they run it again. Bartitsu is a type of martial art/self defence that was developed here and is famously used by character Sherlock Holmes.

I went to view the exhibition pieces in the other room before the next talk started, it was a bit awkward having them on display in the same room that talks were happening but it worked if you timed it right. Anyone attending the event can create Steampunk artwork for the exhibition. I was supposed to do a Steam Bear again like last year but everything went wrong. You can choose to simply display work or be considered to win an award in one of the various categories.

More info can be found here: http://steampunk.synthasite.com/exhibits.php

Then it was then time for the Tea Duelling National Championship.

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The talk that followed the Tea Duelling was called What’s Happening Next. I always attend this talk every year. It’s usually well attended but not many people were present this time, I think they were all over at the castle watching the Wacky Races. The Wacky Races is well worth seeing but they clashed so I had to make a choice. The What’s Happening Next talk is where you can suggest things for next year’s Asylum event or point out things that didn’t work or could be improved. This is a direct chat with one of the main organisers Major Tinker. I think it’s great that he hold’s this talk, listens to what is said and then you can all have a grown up discussion about things. You will never please everyone, but sometimes people attend events, voice all sorts of issues online and to other people and never bother to find out why things work a certain way or actually inform people in charge who may have been able to help. The organisers of the Asylum always listen to what the attendees say and try their hardest to please as many people as possible and go with what the majority want. They work extremely hard and it really is about throwing an event that the people attending will enjoy and not about money or gaining fame. Anyway, that’s all a bit of topic, basically this year rather than discussing next year’s event The Major instead told us about possibilities for other events that could happen next year as Steampunk at the Seaside isn’t happening this time. I don’t want to give information out as it’s not been publicly discussed yet, they were just ideas and I think its being announced at the end of the month anyway. One of the things coming up that was mentioned though is a UK Steampunk World Con which sounds amazing and I can’t wait for more details on that but that’s for 2016.

It was then time for the Illicit Market, this is always packed out and well attended. It’s a bit of fun, buying, selling and roleplaying all mixed together.

The full rules and more information can be found here: http://steampunk.synthasite.com/illicitmarket.php

The Closing Ceremony was the final event to take place. Awards are given out for exhibition items, tea duelling and various game winners, everyone is thanked and then the weekend is closed officially. It’s always really sad when it gets to this point, the whole weekend just goes so fast and you plan for it for so long that you feel lost and empty when it’s over. The only good thing is that you can then start planning for next year’s event.

Here are random pictures from Sunday, I didn’t take many as I spent all day attending talks etc.

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I was also talking to the artist/photographer of this wonderful project, The Imaginarium by Gary Nicholls. He is putting together a book of beautiful photographs that tells a Dickens style tale but with a Steampunk theme. It sounds amazing and the photos are stunning.

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More Info: https://www.facebook.com/GaryNichollsPhotography

This is my outfit for Sunday, again things didn’t go to plan so the bustle and overskirt were a total last minute throw together.

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I really hope that some of you have been inspired to visit, it’s a truly magical event!

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