Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Melding the Old and New to Bring Steampunk to the Valley

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Melding the Old and New to Bring Steampunk to the Valley

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Byline: Caitlan Charles @dailyexaminer.com.au

STEAMPUNK has come to Grafton and there are a few key figures pushing the movement from within the community.

One of those people is Judy Banko who took it upon herself to organise a Steampunk exhibition and gathering with work from artist George Zerner as part of the Plunge festival on Saturday night.

"Steampunk is just an interesting genre that's created between the Victorian era and the Industrial era and there is just so much you can do with it, it's totally outlandish and outrageous and you can take it anywhere you like," Dr Banko said.

"There is something in it for everyone."

Last year, Dr Banko and her wife Kati Jacobs went to New Zealand to get married and found themselves at the headquarters of Steampunk in Oamaru.

"I walked in and found a home for the things that I like," Dr Banko said.

"We discovered Steampunk head- quarters and I never wanted to leave.

"It's a bit funky for people our age to be doing it, we just love

it. …

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