Drawn & Quarterly has just released the fourth reprint volume of the Moomin cartoon series by the amazing Tove Jansson–and it starts out with a classic step-by-step introduction to the Steampunk Maker process. Note that Moomin papa is even wearing a Steampunk-appropriate hat. Truly, Jansson was ahead of her time…
#1 – Assemble your parts from the guts of other, broken machines.
#2 – Allow yourself a discovery phase based on what you’ve assembled.
#3 – Understand that a vital element of chance will enter your process.
#4 – Recontextualize your creation using your expertise and innate talents.
#5 – Reject doubt as you toil on your project.
#6 – Analyze your progress for flaws.
#7 – Fix any flaws.
#8 – Be prepared for an element of surprise as to functionality; your intent may not always be the machine’s intent.
#9 – Once you understand your creation’s true functionality, tinker with the parts until you’ve brought out its full potential.
#10 – Voila! Steampunk time machine!