Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Taking Aim at World Record; Heritage City Event Puts Creative Spin on a Unique Costume Style

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Taking Aim at World Record; Heritage City Event Puts Creative Spin on a Unique Costume Style

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Byline: Kerrie Alexander

A CALL is out for Fraser Coast residents to get "imagineering" in an effort to help break a world record in Maryborough this month.

Hervey Bay's Fraser Coast Artslink has come on board to help secure the record, which needs more than 230 people to dress in steampunk attire, while holding a re-purposed gadget, at the Steamfesta event in Queen's Park on June 29.

To do this, Artslink is calling for donations of old toy pistols or Nerf guns to be re-purposed at two Pistol Project Workshops in Hervey Bay.

There will also be a Maryborough Steampunk workshop on Sunday, June 9 at Happy Creative Classes where donations will also be gratefully accepted.

Steampunk is a style of design and fashion that combines historical elements inspired by science fiction -- a bit like Sherlock Holmes meets Dr Who, Steamfesta community co-ordinator Maggie John said.

Mrs John said the record could only be broken if entrants made the outfit complete by adding a steampunk-style, re-purposed gadget.

The pistols will be available for sale at the event with funds going back to other community projects.

"We can only allow people into the record attempt area if they have a steampunk re-purposed gadget of some sort," Mrs John said.

"You could make your phone cover look like it's mechanical by sticking cogs and wires on it or make plastic binoculars look metallic.

"Ideally, you should wear the gadget such as a teacup holster."

Mrs John said the project had captured the imaginations of young and old on the Fraser Coast.

"Water pistols and old Nerf guns are often discarded after only a few months, but we found that when youngsters paint them up and add their own creative touches, they take on a new lease of life," she said.

Mrs John praised the local community groups for volunteering their time to host the hands-on creative workshops. …

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