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About

Frank

Mayer

   Call it mechanical art, steampunk art or industrial art, the common denominator is ART and my work depicts it by movement and horsepower.
  In the utmost respect for the engineers and factory workers of the past, I can only say this: “I don’t invent things, I merely rearrange them.” 
  That being said, to me, there is elegance in vintage machinery, even when it’s hidden in a cast iron casing. Pop it open and you will see art right there in front of you.  My inspiration comes from looking at pictures of the old factory, the old bridge, the old machine or the old 1890’s train, The complexity and arrangement of systems are curiosity and fascination to me and the art and parts I build pay reverence to that great engineering of the past and its glory days.


  In today’s era of electronicized, lightweight, sleek and sanitized designs, I personally find that vintage, bulky and heavy become new in the same way that rust and verdigris are beauty !

  Some static, some kinetic, our art, meaning yours and mine, will speak when it’s silent and static. As opposed to this, when it goes kinetic, it will sing to our audience, the song of the old factory from its clunky noise of gears and pistons  


  I have a college degree in graphic design and was also trained in technical drafting and I've been a technical illustrator and draftsman for more than 20 years. So by blending the two in combination with some knowledge in CNC machining, sculpting, and faux finish painting, I came up with the mechanical components you see on this website. 

 My interest in the steampunk movement played a big role in the decision to start this company. After searching for many hours on the net, I came to the conclusion that it was very difficult for myself and other artists and designers to find big vintage mechanical parts to build large size steampunk art and interior decor. They were either impossible to find, way too expensive or they weight a ton. So I decided to craft my own. My canvas is a 3D modeling software with which I design and concept proof everything. Following that step, I build all the parts myself with MDF wood and/or plastic using a CNC machine. I sometimes combine the machined result with repurposed materials. A prototype is made for each component that I then use as a master to make a silicone mold. That mold is then used to cast resin copies or high-density, super strong and very light, foam copies. Besides offering the parts unpainted, everything is hand painted by using different faux finish techniques. The components are ready for you to use in that great piece of steampunk art or interior decor you are making that will, in either case, be both truly unique and timeless.
                                                                                              

  -Frank Mayer