|Steambeast festival design,
By Joanne Roberts
As promised, here is a concept of what Heather McDougal's steambeast might have looked like at the annual festival. Its central core is a sphere. It is composed of brass, copper, vellum, and other materials. I enjoyed playing with the mechanical parts -- trying to reinvent them in an organic way. The mythical steambeast is supposed to redesign itself as something totally new and inscrutable each year. I wanted a beautiful form whose purpose was not readily identifiable. Thanks, Heather. This was a good exercise, not to mention loads of fun!
Look for Heather's debut novel, Songs for a Machine Age, published by Hadley Rille (Ingram, dist.).