Joining the line up of distinguished guest of honor to join us in April 2013, we proudly present our guest props master, Lord Archibald “Feathers” Featherstone . . . sometimes known as Thomas Willeford.
With degrees in physics, history, and art, it was perhaps inevitable that Thomas Willeford would become a steampunk enthusiast. His work blurs the precarious line between art and engineering. If, upon viewing one of Thomas’ creations, one does not ask “Does that actually work?” he considers the piece a failure.
As the owner of Brute Force Studios, Thomas has been creating unique and beautiful corsets and all manner of striking Steampunk gadgetry for over 20 years. Thomas also contributed to the design of Alchemy Gothic’s “Empire” Collection, a line of steampunk jewelry and accessories. Much to his surprise, he also became a published author with the release of his first book Steampunk Gear, Gadgets, and Gizmos: A Maker’s Guide to Creating Modern Artifacts (McGraw-Hill), which quickly became the number one best-selling steampunk how-to book on Amazon.com.
Thomas and his products have been widely featured on television (MTV, BBC, “Castle“, “Oddities“), online (Wired, BoingBoing, Popular Mechanics), and in print (Art Donovan’s “The Art of Steampunk“, Morgan Spurlock and Stan Lee’s “Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope”, Bizarre Magazine, Gothic Beauty Magazine, Engine Magazine). Satisfied customers include David Silverman (The Simpsons), Patricia Tallman (Babylon 5), Virginia Hey (Farscape), and bands Abney Park, Ghostfire, and Beautiful Deadly Children.
Thomas’ artwork has also been featured in numerous museum exhibitions worldwide, including Penn State’s “STEAMpunk!”, Dr. Grymm’s “Steampunk Bizarre”, the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation’s “Steampunk: Form and Function”, and the Ashmolean Museum of the History of Science at Oxford’s “Steampunk”, “20,000 Leagues” at Patriot Place, and “Mobilis in Mobili” at The Wooster Street Social Club (home of TLC’s “NY Ink”). His clockwork spider “Arachnae Mechanica” is currently housed in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
More recently, Thomas has been commissioned to design and build for Bruce Boxleitner’s upcoming steampunk series Lantern City.