Artwalk 2016 Location: 23rd Street Art Plaza (Between 1st & 2nd Avenues N)
My name is Max Dawson and about two years ago, while sitting in the waiting room of my Dentist's office, I happen to glace over at their magazine selection. After shuffling past a few out dated 'Home and Garden' magazines I found an issue of 'The Birmingham Metro Magazine'. On the cover, with large, bold print, the title read, 'STEAMPUNK'. I had never heard of steampunk fashion before, but after reading the article I was intrigued. I enjoyed to idea of modern fashion and gadgets melded with gears and clockwork . I was so fascinated I began dismantling old watches that I had bought at flea markets and garage sales weeks earlier looking for certain parts and movements. After tinkering around with some or the gears I began making jewelry with them. And with the encouragement of friends and family, I kept making them and eventually started selling them at art festivals.