A. Laura Brody
“We are all buried treasure. Let our overlooked and unused remnants shine.”
A. Laura Brody is a costume creator by trade and a functional artist by design and desire. Her Edwardian Cyborg electric wheelchair is included in Dr. Grymm’s 1000 Steampunk Creations. Her Victorian inspired walker (Le Flaneur) showed at the Steampunk Form and Function show at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. Both pieces are due to be published in Steampunk: A Complete Guide to Victorian Techno-Fetishism by Vienna Von Schwartz.
“Opulent Mobility is an attempt to re-create disability devices so they and their users can inspire admiration, desire and even envy. I love bringing out discarded items and materials and making them the center of attention. Zipper teeth become lace edgings, ball bearings act as pendants and centerpieces, remnant snap tape becomes footlights and old tablecloths are reborn into upholstered cushions and deconstructed finery.
Old electric wheelchairs or thrift store walkers are buried treasure to be discovered, renewed and re-formed. By using them, the drivers and walkers can tap into childhood dreams of becoming heroines, kings, rockstars and supervillains. If my works are steampunk, they are in the mad scientist mode: reconfiguring ordinary objects in hopes of making them extraordinary.”
Find more about her work at www.dreamsbymachine.com.