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Team members and sponsors needed. Join the Infernal Crew!

We have 24 days to go before our set up for Artprize at the Gerald R Ford Museum, and we have a lot of work  to do. Just how big […]

We have 24 days to go before our set up for Artprize at the Gerald R Ford Museum, and we have a lot of work  to do.

Just how big this project is, from the wind collector built by Todd Cahill, to the structure being built in Kokomo Indiana by David Braun of Cogbots, to the huge drum being built to support the mural, to the mural itself is astounding – and then there are all of those less visible but equally important parts needed to keep this project going and to make it a success… transportation, shipping, supplies, extra hands to move the big parts around, lay down primer and paint, brushes, rollers, sprayers, and so many other things – and we would really love to have you on board for this project.

We could really use some added artists and painting help – people who can fill in color, or detail on the big drum – a 3 month project that will have 23 days from start to finish – and we need your help at whatever your comfort level is with painting. Myke would be happy to have you, and happy to lend pointers, tips, and insight where and when requested.

We also need painters on standby for when the outer structure arrives from Kokomo Indiana, as well as set/stage design enthusiasts to help us transform this thing into the Steampunk aesthetic with bits of slavaged brass, copper, and various vintage bits. We are incredibly fortunate to have paint donated by Repcolite paints, and more on the way from DickBlick – but people to help put the paints onto the exhibit would be an incredibly helpful part of this exhibit.

As much as any of these – added hands would be greatly appreciated. Myke has a three person job going down at the warehouse provided by Van’s Delivery Service. On the better days he has help, but there are many hours where an added hand to lift a big part or steady a beam would be incredibly helpful if not essential.

Street teamers, or just a person or two to man the art show/exhibit/merch table at the build site, meeters and greeters would be especially helpful also.

And we still have room for a few sponsors: This project turned out to be way more expensive than anticipated, and we have all been working out of pocket for over a month now. Myke has been scraping change for odd parts and supplies and gas on his end, and we are coming up on a point where we’ll need funds to move the huge structure from Indiana, as well as funds to get Todd Cahill and Amy Kinsch out here for Artprize, as well as finding a place to stay for all 4 of the out of town artists for their time here.

We could use sponsorship in the form of , of course, cash donations to keep the project going and on track, but also gift cards for building supplies and tools or tool rentals, gas, caffeine, red bull, ice, other odds and ends  – from travel agencies or airlines for getting Todd and Amy out here. Donations are being taken by the Kokomo Arts Association (a 501(c)3)  for “the infernal device project”

Purchases of T-shirts, coloring books, prints, original artworks would be greatly appreciated; Some of these things are available here online – all are available at our warehouse – and open houses are every day from 5 to 10 PM for anyone who would like to see the project, grab some merch, lend some support, or lend a helping hand.

Our Warehouse is at 2474 Turner Avenue NW, a stone’s throw from the Deltaplex. Come in at the blue “Jarob” sign, go past the second ramp, and look for the orange buckets marking our lot. If the doors are closed, look for the Infernal Device sign on the door – if they are open, just look for the large wooden drum in the garage bay.

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COOTIES

Well, it looks like I am devoting myself this year to finally finishing up my children’s book – but for now, I am working really hard at making our kickstarter […]

Well, it looks like I am devoting myself this year to finally finishing up my children’s book – but for now, I am working really hard at making our kickstarter successful.

We are beyond dedicated to making this happen… so much so that I stayed up all day and night putting this special drawing together (image below), which will be available in printable PDF format exclusively to everyone who donates $1 or more though our Kickstarter.

A $2 purchase of a good piece of fine art paper from your local craft store, plus this download, and you’ll have this silly piece of my steampunk storybook for your wall… $3 total investment, and no shipping.

We’ve also received an unpublished text by G.D. Falksen to add to our kickstarter offers: An Original Never-before Published Exclusive Short Story by award winning author G.D Falksen; You get a hard copy of the short story in a binder, decorated with exclusive print by Myke Amend (an illustration of the story within) – each illustrated cover HAND EMBELLISHED, numbered, and signed… making for a *very unique* work of literature and art combined.

Other offers include everything from exclusive prints from me, the Airships and Tentacles Coloring Book, the Airships and Tentacles Scrapbooking kit, Original Paintings, and other incredible offers as *much* less than regular price…

We’ve had some good fortune this week, blogged by Warren Ellis, tweeted by Neil Gaiman and Kyle Cassidy, you may have seen us mentioned by Vernian Process, Abney Park, Nancy Overbury, and other greats… who we will be sure to mention more in depth when we compile our big list of People Last Against the Wall…

Please help us to keep this momentum going. 7 days remain, and we are nearly 30% there. Your donation of $1, retweeting, reblogging, or otherwise spreading the word of this project can put us over that hill.

Cooties - Available only through our kickstarter

Cooties - Available only through our kickstarter (click to enlarge)

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Gaining Steam

Our Kickstarter has started to pick up in activity over the past few days, and though we’re at about 2% with 40 out of 45 days to go, the chart […]

Our Kickstarter has started to pick up in activity over the past few days, and though we’re at about 2% with 40 out of 45 days to go, the chart is looking rather parabolic in its beginnings which has us feeling pretty optimistic about the monumental undertaking ahead of us.

If you aren’t familiar with Kickstarter, they are *the* platform for launching and funding creative projects. Money is only donated if and when the artists reach their goals, meaning that investors can be certain that either the project *will* happen, or the funds are returned to the investors. It is an all or nothing deal for both sides involved.

In addition to being a part of art history in the making, donors get the added benefit of rewards offered by the artists in return for donations. Ours range from heartfelt thanks, to signed fine art prints by Myke Amend, tee shirts, official sponsorship status, and so much more.

Much thanks goes out to Overflow Cafe, Guy Cox, Amanda Young, Dana Young, Megan Brown, Mr. Shreck, Mrs. Shreck, Chris Baar, and several anonymous donors. We are grateful, and proud that you chose to be a part of this project.

We’d also like to thank Pamela of Totus Mel Tats, who in addition to being a core member of the Etsy Steam Team, runs the arts and crafts blog and feature spot Wunderkammer.

Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to thank One Girl’s Treasure Eclectic and Fashionable Resale, a vintage and used fashion reseller on Lyon street in Grand Rapids’ beautiful downtown area, who in addition to being a great venue for emerging and experienced artists alike, also backed Cirque A Circa for last year’s ArtPrize event.

Victorian Lace

Victorian Lace: The intricate tatted stylings of Totus Mel, available on Etsy

One Girls Treasure

One Girls Treasure: Fashionable Resale in Grand Rapids Michigan

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We’ve Been Approved

Our Kickstarter was approved and launched yesterday, and you can find it here: Our KickStarter Page If you aren’t familiar with Kickstarter, it is a perfect addition to our community […]

Our Kickstarter was approved and launched yesterday, and you can find it here: Our KickStarter Page

If you aren’t familiar with Kickstarter, it is a perfect addition to our community project feel, in that it allows fellow art lovers to become a part of our project, while receiving rewards for their participation.

Gifts offered for donations starting as low as $1 begin at our sincere thanks, and go as high as being painted into the artwork itself – with many, many levels in between at $5, $10, etc…

If you do not have a dollar to pitch in at the moment, we completely understand, and would appreciate your help in simply forwarding on the link to others. All those little donations matter greatly, especially when friends and friends of friends are chipping in.

On a sidenote: If you would like to hep out in other ways, from donating junk from your garage, to being there for the hands-on work such as the build, we’d love to hear from you. You can reach us through our contact form, linked at the top of this page.

What are some of the sorts of things we are looking for? Well, we’ll be getting a number of antique connecting rods from Ken and Helen of Model A Restorers (“Saving the Past for the Future” which is exactly in tune with our goals), we’re looking for cogs, gears, metal wheels, work gears, rack gears, hemisperical cup anemometers, axles, old metal light posts, bits of old phonographs, and really… pretty much anything that we can save from a scrap heap and turn into art. Here are some photos of pieces we’ve picked out, but haven’t yet acquired:




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Gearing up for The World Steam Expo

(above: “Frenchy and the Punk” photo credit: Frank Siciliano) Less than two months away, on Memorial Day weekend, is the World Steam Expo in Dearborn Michigan, and we very are […]

(above: “Frenchy and the Punk” photo credit: Frank Siciliano)

Less than two months away, on Memorial Day weekend, is the World Steam Expo in Dearborn Michigan, and we very are pleased to have this rare gem right here in our corner of the states.

A fantastic time was had last year, and we are sure this year will be just as good, if not even greater.

This is one of the very best steampunk, neovictorian, and retrofuturist expositions in the World, and Myke Amend will be setting up shop in the Vendor’s Room again this year. In addition, The Gypsy Nomads (Now Frenchy and the Punk), who you hopefully got to see at The BOB during last year’s Artprize, will be performing again – as will Steampunk greats Abney Park, the ClockWork Dolls, and the Extraordinary Contraptions…  And.. And… Well, you get our point: It is going to be an off the hook, incredible event.

Most importantly – If you are looking for a good time and want to meet the people behind our art project, well you could do no better than to come out during the Expo this year.

Pre-Registration (buying your passes online) is only $40 for all four days ($10 a day), and available through April 15th at the World Steam Expo web site.

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Welcome

… to the new home of the art project “The Infernal Device” by Retrofuturist and Steampunk artist Myke Amend (painter, engraver, and woodworker), and Machine Sculptor Todd Cahill. This site […]

… to the new home of the art project “The Infernal Device” by Retrofuturist and Steampunk artist Myke Amend (painter, engraver, and woodworker), and Machine Sculptor Todd Cahill.

This site will build and build as the Infernal Device project progresses, so please bookmark this site and come back again soon.

Concept sketches will be available shortly before or after our tour at the World Steam Expo (Memorial Day Weekend 2011), scale models of our project, as well as videos of the team in action will probably appear around that time as well.

For now, this site serves to familiarize you with the artists involved, to give you a feel for their previous and current works, and hopefully to inspire you to become a part of our project through donations of parts, supplies, or change – or through simply spreading the word.

Machine Crafter Todd Cahill

Retrofuture builder Todd Cahill with some of his extraordinary contraptions

Thank you for visiting – We hope you enjoy your stay.

– The Infernal Team