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Woman turns tornado debris into art

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Costume artist Paige Smith dropped by Talk of Alabama today to show off some of her "steampunk"-inspired work. You might ask, "what is steampunk?"  According to Wikipedia, steampunk is "a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century."

"Some of my works win awards and make a mark in the world of science fiction and fantasy costuming," Smith writes on that site.  "Some costumes simply provide an expressive outlet to celebrate my interest in worlds not of my own creation or to enhance the theatrical element of my work as a fire performer. But I always consider it art."

On Smith's website, CostumeArtist.me, you can see examples of her work.  A lot of the scenes are set at Sloss Furnace.  After a tornado ripped through her town in 2011, Smith started making masks out of the tornado debris.  You can find her work at the Alabama Phoenix Festival, May 24-26, 2013, at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center.

 

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