It is always a pleasure to show you what my talented sibling has been up to. Recently, Matt received a rather splendid invitation…
This year is off to a good start for you Matt! Tell us how you got on at the Wild Wild West Con in the US? Did you go as yourself or did you take your alter ego, Weldon Rivet esq. along?
Wild Wild West Con was superb, I was lucky enough to be invited by Kato to hang out with her and the Steam Girls. I’ve known Kate about 4 years now and we are firm friends. I don’t really do the ‘steam-sona’ thing so if you meet me , you’ll just be meeting me in steampunk gear 🙂
Left to right. Sean Walter, A .Nomaly, Tia, Luna, Matt, (Rin , at his feet) Genevieve, Lumi,Littlebit Lizbit and Bailey
Group shot by Stephanie Rowe
Who did you meet there?
I met Kato, Abney Park, Brian Kesinger of Otto and Victoria fame, Thomas Williford, Amy Wilder…All the Steam Girls that went A.Nomaly, Lumi, Genevieve, Rin, Bailey, Littlebit Lizbit, Tia and Luna. Sean Walter is Steamgirl’s security guy and he went above and beyond to ensure we were all cared for. I also met a lot of fans and Steam Girl admirers. Everyone was really friendly and the atmosphere was so welcoming.
What was the music like?
Really good! I only caught the gig Saturday, but that was Frenchy and the Punk and then the headliners Abney Park, they had the crowd eating out of their hands…it was just a blast finally hanging out and dancing with these people I’ve known for years through social media…and everyone of them was wonderful.
Matt is really good at making people smile 😉 Image courtesy of Alternate History Photography
What did you do at the convention?
I was very lucky actually as I was with the Steam Girl group , it allowed me to go to all the panels and special events and I was lucky enough to assist on a couple of photo shoots with Genevieve, who also runs Alternate History Photography and shoots for Steamgirl.com. We had the wondrous setting of old Tucson as a backdrop so we took the chance to get some group shots etc.
Genevieve and Kato photo by ArcaneArmoury
Did going to a Steampunk convention in the US give you any ideas for future creations?
The scene is huge over there, but sadly I am unable to ship my prop weapons to the US, which is a shame as I get a lot of enquiries. I expect I will be building more gadgets and head ware etc. I don’t tend to go looking at what others are doing as I don’t want it to influence my own designs. I have a few ideas for creations that aren’t weapons etc , but it’s true to say people love a big shiny steampunk gun!
Will you be going back next year?
I will do everything in my power to ensure I make it back to WWWcon next year, a chance to meet with my friends and have a wonderful time in such a great setting can’t be missed!
Matt of ArcaneArmoury, image by Alternate History Photography
What is in the pipeline for ArcaneArmoury at the moment?
I’m hoping to do some collaborative projects with people, but we shall see how all that pans out.
If you could make anything in the realms of Steampunk, what would it be?
That’s a huge question with far too many answers! I guess, high on my list would be some steampunk animatronic monsters but such big plans require big budgets and I’m not in a position to go that route yet.
Personally, I’d love to see what you could do if someone handed you a big budget and several skilled assistants!
Where can you be found online?
I’m always happy to take on commissions too.
Thanks for taking the time to do the interview, Matt, I know you’re quite busy at the moment.
My gratitude also goes out to Kato and the SteamGirls (and Sean), Alternate History Photography and Stephanie Rowe for the wonderful images.
If you would like to be interviewed for this blog and maybe even get involved in Steampunk Hands Around the World next February, do drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org