Steampixie is changing…

July 18th, 2013

Our 3rd Anniversary – Steampixie is Evolving Again!

First, and most important, is the announcement that it has come time to change, and we wanted to let you know exactly what’s changing and what’s not, so you are all up to date.

We’ve learned so much in the last few years, and it has been quite a journey.  We’re so glad you shared some of it with us!

We started Steampixie 3 years ago this month… only it was called “Verdigris Grove” then.  Over the course of our first year we learned that “Verdigris” is a word that causes more confusion and tongue-twisters than inspiration, and eventually we named our duo “Steampixie” – based off of the character created by VG’s co-founder Krystal “Kudrel” Messier.

This year, you may have noticed we have been keeping close to home, and attending fewer events.  There’s two reasons for this.  Co-founder Lisa “Silverfaune” McGowan had a baby girl in August 2012.  Productivity has slowed to a crawl (no pun intended), and we learned firsthand at Ottawa ComicCon that having a mobile, active baby in a convention booth is utter CHAOS.  Sleeping little infants (around the time of G-Anime in January), not so much of a problem, but moving babies – bad idea.

The second reason is that although Kudrel (Steampixie) loves crafting and creating and being a part of Steampixie, her first love is her cosplay – creating, designing and crafting Master level costumes out of the most insane items (what she can do with foam is pretty eye-popping!).  Sadly there isn’t time to be an entrepreneur, run a booth, create all kinds of sparkly treasures, AND create the elaborate costumes that are her first passion – as well as being asked to judge at masquerades and speak on panels at the various conventions.  She has had to gradually scale back her involvement in Steampixie in order to keep up with her other obligations.

Because Steampixie has always been a duo, it just seemed wrong to continue to operate as “Steampixie” without the Steampixie in it.  So, Steampixie is changing and transforming into “Suburban Changeling”.

If you like Steampixie and our effort to embrace the magical and whimsical and help bring it out in everyone, then please check out the new website at www.suburbanchangeling.com, the new Blog where I post tutorials, tips, musings and (hopefully) inspiring interviews, or the new Facebook Page.  It’s still all coming together but newsletters and the pages will keep everyone in the loop!

If you haven’t already done so please wander over to check out Kudrel’s Cosplay page and her Etsy shop, where she sells her cosplay related craftiness.  You can catch her next appearing as a Cosplay Guest at ConBravo July 26-28.

Thanks!

Lisa

aka

Silverfaune

Author: Silverfaune | Origin: The Grove | Recorded: July 18th, 2013

The end of our second year, some overdue thanks, and some new beginnings…

September 7th, 2012

First, we really need to thank everyone that helped us through this year.  We’ve been blessed with so many supporters, as well as some great friends who have volunteered their time and energy, and we really couldn’t have made it this far without you.  Thank you for helping us to continue pursuing our dreams!

Thanks to James Park for the photos! http://www.jamesparkphoto.com/

It was a crazy year (we count our years from Labour Day, which is pretty much the end for us of the “official” convention season), and very stressful.  We are normally pretty flighty and easily distracted but this year showed us what we can really do – and what we can’t do!  I (Silverfaune) was pretty out of it from December onwards, due to being pregnant making me pretty useless for several months.  And then I had to miss out on Fan Expo, but for very good reason, as we welcomed Merana into the world!  Exciting stuff – but it made my productivity drop to abysmal levels!  Earlier this spring the ‘Pixie moved out, switched jobs and had a lot of upheaval as well in her life, so we were both just a wee bit crazy this year.  Thanks to everyone for being so patient with us and continuing to offer support and an ear when we needed it!

 

This year we introduced a few new things that we’ve had great feedback on.. first, we have started offering up Dragon Eggs for adoption!  These eggs are featured in the Seyrawyn novels by canadian author and craftsman Martial Grise – sadly (for some of us) only available in french for now, but I have heard this will change!  Also, we have procured a varying array of pocket watches – popular with certain fae creatures that are obsessed with time.. or ticking things.  Go figure! We have had a lot of fun with both these things.  They’ll be available at our next event, which is the Ottawa Geek Market coming up October 14th in Nepean (Ottawa).  Hope to see some friends there!

Author: Silverfaune | Origin: The Grove | Recorded: September 7th, 2012

Faery Fest’s Enchanted Grounds

June 5th, 2012

Title: Faery Fest’s Enchanted Grounds
Location: Guelph, ON
Link out: Click here
Description: A gorgeous weekend of outdoor performances, art, jousting, a masquerade ball.. you couldn’t keep us away! This is an amazing family event.. last year was our first time attending and we have been looking forward to coming back ever since. They have a facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/groups/2358296987/?ref=ts
Start Date: 2012-06-22
Start Time: 19:00
End Date: 2012-06-24
End Time: 18:00

Author: Silverfaune | Origin: The Grove | Recorded: June 5th, 2012

Update on Changes…

June 5th, 2012

Mea Culpa…  Call it a fear of tackling the unknown, or taking on a project that seems huge and daunting, or just having been so insanely busy adjusting to a new life the past two summers – for all those reasons and more I have been neglecting this place.   The mechanics and magic behind developing a website are a bizarre art to this particular faun, but I am working on plowing through it.    Without the Urisk we’d be totally lost, as he’s been supplying the means, the layout and tools and everything that goes into a website except for, of course.. content.

A website without content is a sad and useless thing, and so I’m taking a break from crafting and creating more material things in order to bring this strange beast to life.  I have added a “Gallery” page, so that we can put up some of the photos from our journeys over the last year or so.  Also new is the “Cosplay” page, because costuming and all of the fun associated with it is such a large part of the pixie’s life and passion that it goes hand in hand with all that we do.  While most of our products offer a subtle hint of magic, Cosplay (or Costuming) is really about taking it to the extreme and becoming, for a few hours or days, someone or something else entirely.

I’d like to change several other things, and add more.. and continue to add more!  In the meantime though, I’ve sent out a plea on Facebook and I’ll do it here as well.  We’d dearly like your feedback and insight – any thoughts on how we can make this place grow into something living, growing and vibrant.. things you might be curious about, or want to see, or how we can present things better or easier, please don’t hesitate to share it with us!

 

Author: Silverfaune | Origin: The Grove | Recorded: June 5th, 2012

Changes in the Works!

May 29th, 2012

Please bear with us.. changes are in the works!

Author: Silverfaune | Origin: The Grove | Recorded: May 29th, 2012

Work in Progress – Making a Leather Dryad Mask

November 1st, 2011

Tutorial has moved to Suburban Changeling Website

Thanks!

Author: Silverfaune | Origin: The Grove | Recorded: November 1st, 2011
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Stepping Through Fairy Doors

October 25th, 2011

 

Stepping into the unknown can be terrifying. We’re afraid of dark places, afraid of not being able to see clearly. Afraid of stumbling, and getting lost. Afraid of what might be waiting for us. Sometimes that fear can be paralyzing, leaving us clinging to safe, well-lit, and familiar territory.

Step Into Faerie

At the edge of safe and familiar are the Doors. It’s easy to pretend they aren’t there – they usually don’t call attention to themselves. The shadowed depths of a hollow tree, overgrown with ferns and moss. A darkened pool, cool and tranquil. That space between your bed and the wall, late at night. An oddly shaped arch made from sculpted metal in a city park. Do they lead to magic and mystery – or just a common sense reassurance?

It seems these days that we’re too quick to throttle mystery. Box stores and cubicles don’t thrive on magic and folklore, and it isn’t always trendy to admit that the glimpse of a unicorn on a poster at Walmart made you smile. Not only that, but there are a lot of labels to go with the aforementioned stores and cubicles – nerd, geek, emo, goth, gay, lesbian, corporate, yuppie, normie… it seems that being “safe” means finding out which box we belong in (or more likely, which boxes apply to those around us).

Well, we made our own label. We’re Steamfae: embodying the elements of magic, nature, mystery and mischief of the faerie realm, with the curiosity, perseverance and innovation of the industrialized human world.

We created Steampixie to make a place where we could pursue dreams and enchantment – to unabashedly examine beauty and mystery, ancient legends and modern myths, in our art and designs and in our experiences with others whose paths we cross. Our belief is that creativity, playfulness and imagination are not just for kids – it’s a vital spark in all of us. It is simply magic. Our goal is to foster that creativity and playfulness in others, and use it as a stepping stone to encourage self-respect and creative empowerment.

For two introverted artists, this blog is a big step for us outside of our “safe” zone.  There are lots of roots and branches in the dark that trip us up from time to time, but we’re learning, and those on the trail ahead have been a great help.  Despite the odd bout of panic or bumps and bruises, we wouldn’t give this up this twisty-turny journey for all the box stores in the world – and we hope that maybe you’ll come along too. For now we will be posting once per week, with updates on our creations or activities, tutorials, resources and other offerings that we find inspirational along our journey.  We’d love to hear from others who have ventured out, stories or tips from those who are blazing their own trail into the mysterious unknown!  Share if you have them!

Author: Silverfaune | Origin: The Grove | Recorded: October 25th, 2011
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Time for refreshment.

September 30th, 2011

It was a really busy summer, but fall has rolled in and taking a month to stop and look around us, to recapture our vision and realign ourselves, has really helped. Thus, the website is undergoing a bit of a facelift, and we’re able to start out on our journey once more! Our Facebook page has been growing and we love hearing from people, and our Etsy site is slowly being refilled!

What seemed like a big step a year ago now feels a little like we’ve only just gotten to the end of the lane, but in the words of JRR Tolkien: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door,” he used to say. “You step into the Road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Author: Silverfaune | Origin: The Grove | Recorded: September 30th, 2011

Another Outing – Toronto Comic Con

February 25th, 2011

[Ether-wave Communicator Transmitting]
It has been a difficult few months documenting the activities of the fae creatures of the Grove. Winter storms have wreaked havoc upon my writing supplies and a bear got into my notes, having discovered a fondness for the taste of ink.

I can confirm the news that there are a few citizens of the Grove who have grown brave enough (or curious enough) to venture out into more civilized surroundings. The Silverfaune and Steampixie are due to arrive in the city of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario, the 18th of March for an event at the outlandishly titled “Direct Energy Centre”. The so-called “Comic Con” appears to be an event of some significance, what with merchants and educators and throngs of good folk looking for entertainment. The dirigible has been hired and arrangements for lodgings are being made. Although I was in another area of the Grove and could not document their purported venture into Gatineau this February, I shall attempt to rectify this lost opportunity in offering to accompany them. I am certain that my services as a translator, scribe and scholar will be of value to them on their journey (not to mention as a gentleman intimately acquainted with civilization and personal grooming!). Notes and observations will be included in my field journal, which will be sent back to Athenaeum Prime via Post as soon as is practical.
[Transmission Terminated]

Steampixie and Silverfaune will be traveling in March, to the city of Toronto for it’s 2011 Comic Con – which runs from March 18th – 20th! Come say hi!

Author: Silverfaune | Origin: The Dreamer, The Grove | Recorded: February 25th, 2011

Uncharted Territory

January 4th, 2011

There was a charge in the air, as if a storm approached; wild and vibrating and stretched as taut as the bronze cables on the airship that once hovered over the woods. The time approached.

The faun lay stretched across a large boulder – her favourite, pressing her cheek into the moss as she drew in deep draughts of earthy scent. Cool limestone, riddled with pockets and crevices, breaking out of the ground like a hatching wyrm. Soon she was going to trade it in for the smells of this so-called “civilization”.

A few feet away the Steampixie watched, fretting with something that chimed about her waist. Bells and baubles, bits of shiny metal – these were the items they had traded for, bought from the airship, or selvaged from the unwanted things the humans had left behind. Steampixie had turned them into something new – something fae. Now half the denizens of the Grove could boast sporting something made with human findings, if not more. Supplies were running out.

Pursing her lips, the faun rolled over, giving the boulder one last pat. Her legs stretched and she slid gently down until her hooves settled on solid ground. “We have a month to prepare, if we really mean to do this. We’ll have to be cautious – we don’t know how we’ll be received. Practice your glamour – ” She stopped, and smiled wryly. Steampixie was rolling her eyes, with good reason. Silverfaune did have a habit of repeating herself, after all. And nobody was better at glamour than the pixie.

Verdigris Grove will be among the vendors at the 2011 G-Anime convention in Gatineau, Quebec, the 5th and 6th of February, bringing a little bit of Steamfae to the Anime crowd! Make sure to drop by if you’re in the area!

Author: Silverfaune | Origin: Faun's Crag, The Grove | Recorded: January 4th, 2011