Arts and Crafts Resources

Antiques

Antique Trader — News about antiques and listings of antique shows in the U.S. and Canada.

Antiques and the Arts Weekly — News about the art and antiques business.

Antiques Atlas — Comprehensive listings of antique fairs and retailers in the UK.

Antiques Dealers' Association of America — Trade association for U.S. antique dealers.

Calendar of Antiques — Listings of antique shows in many states.

Collectors Weekly — A magazine for collectors of antiques and other items.

The National Antique & Art Dealers Association of America — Trade association for U.S. antique and art dealers.

Art Shows

Art Show — Listings of juried art shows and workshops.

ArtDeadline.com — Listings of art shows, exhibitions and other income opportunities for artists.

TheArtGuide.com — Information about art events, galleries, calls for artists and more.

Artssparkr — Listings of art shows, residencies and other opportunities for artists.

Artsy — Listings of art shows, galleries, museums, etc.

Greg Lawler's Art Fair SourceBook — A subscription-based website for artists who want detailed information about art fairs. It includes critiques of the events to help artists plan their show participation.

OnlineJuriedShows.com — Listings of juried art shows.

Artist Marketplaces

DeviantArt — Online marketplace for digital art, artisan crafts and other creative works. It includes a large collection of steampunk-themed items (close to 500,000 as of March 2018).

Etsy — Online marketplace for handmade crafts. Many steampunk makers sell their work on Etsy.

Arts Organizations

Alliance of Artists Communities — Listings of residencies for artists, writers and other creative professionals.

American Craft Council — This non-profit offers various programs for craft makers, including conferences, lectures, and awards. It also produces the American Craft Shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco.

American Institute of Graphic Arts — Professional association for graphic designers.

Americans for the Arts — Advocacy group for arts organizations.

Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists — This organization is open to "artists, publishers, collectors and others with interest in the science fiction and fantasy art genres."

Graphic Artists Guild — Professional sssociation for animators, cartoonists, designers, illustrators, and digital artists. Much of its work involves the business aspects of graphic arts.

Historical Reenactors and Vendors — An Etsy group for historical reenactors and people who sell to them.

International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts — This academic organization aims "to promote and recognize achievement in the study of the fantastic" through a peer-reviewed journal and annual conference.

International Association of Astronomical Artists — This group describes itself as "the world’s only guild of artists dedicated to creating images of space. We paint, draw, sculpt, blow glass, and move pixels to show galaxies, stars, planets, moons, anywhere that the imagination can go, but a camera cannot (yet!)"

National Society of Arts and Letters — This non-profit sponsors competitions and scholarships for young people in visual, performing and literary arts.

Res Artis — Listings of organizations that provide artist residencies.

Small Publishers, Artists and Writers Network (SPAWN) — This group aims to provide "information, resources and opportunities for anyone involved in or interested in publishing, whether they are an author, freelance writer, artist or own a publishing company."

Society of Illustrators — Professional association for illustrators.

WikiArt.org — This volunteer project produces an online encyclopedia of visual arts, including artworks and information about art history.

Design Assets

Adobe Stock — Royalty-free photos, illustrations and more, available by monthly subscription or in package deals. The collection includes a large number of steampunk-themed images (about 21,000 as of March 2018), though they are not all exclusive  to this service.

Creative Market — A popular marketplace for design assets, including fonts, templates, patterns, textures and website themes. It's a good place to find inexpensive historical fonts and other design elements.

Dreamstime — Royalty-free photos, illustrations and more, available by subscription or in package deals. Pricing varies depending on the size of the image, so you may get better deals here if you're looking for web-quality graphics. The collection includes a large number of steampunk-themed images (about 15,000 as of March 2018), though they are not necessarily exclusive to this service.

Fizzle Stock — Royalty-free vector images sampled from materials published in the 1940s and 1950s.

GraphicRiver — Another good source for inexpensive design assets, including fonts, templates, and textures.

The Graphics Fairy — Vintage images and craft-making tips.

iCLIPART.com — Royalty-free clip art and photos, including digital versions of historical images from Dover clip art books. The collection includes steampunk-themed artwork.

ShutterStock — Royalty-free photos, illustrations, music and more, available by subscription or in package deals. The collection includes a large number of steampunk-themed images (40,000 as of March 2018), though they are not necessarily exclusive to this service.

Vectorian — Vintage vector graphics available in a variety of packages.

VectorStock — Royalty-free vector images, available by subscription or single-image purchase. It includes a large number of steampunk-themed images (about 1800 as of March 2018).

Design Deals

Dealjumbo.com — Discounts on bundled fonts, templates, graphic elements, etc.

Design Cuts — Discounts on bundled fonts, templates, graphic elements, etc.

Master Bundles — Discounts on bundled fonts, templates, graphic elements, etc.

MightyDeals.com — Discounts on bundled fonts, templates, graphic elements, etc.

MyDesignDeals — Discounts on bundled fonts, templates, graphic elements, etc.

Fashion

19th Century Fashion — Articles on fashion history from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Fashion Era — A guide to fashion history from the 1800s through the 1990s.

National Costumers Association — A trade association for the costuming industry.

Truly Victorian — This e-commerce site includes sewing patterns for Victorian-era apparel as well as information about the history of Victorian styles.

Victorian Clothing & Victorian Dress — Fashion-related stories from Victoriana Magazine.

Vintage Dancer — Information about vintage clothing with links to online retailers. The site includes sections for Victorian and steampunk fashion.

Vintage Fashion Guild — The guild describes itself as "an international organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of vintage fashion." The website includes extensive information about the history of fashion beginning in 1800. Membership is open to fashion industry professionals, including designers and retailers. Members get added benefits, but the history section is open to the public.

Fonts

1001 Fonts — One of many websites offering access to free fonts. Many are free only for personal use.

dafont.com — One of the top sources for free fonts, though many are free only for personal use.

Font Squirrel — Free fonts for commercial use.

Fonts.com — Fonts from Monotype Imaging (which also owns MyFonts.com). It's the source for widely used typefaces such as Times New Roman, Gill Sans, Helvetica, Optima, Avant Garde, and Palatino.

Fontspring — A marketplace for fonts from numerous foundries. It has a smaller selection than MyFonts, but better licensing terms on webfonts.

Google Fonts — Free fonts for use on the web or desktop.

Identifont — Font identification service. You upload a text image and it suggests fonts that are close matches.

Letterhead Fonts — Beautiful (but pricey) fonts, many inspired by historical forms.

MyFonts — Huge online marketplace featuring fonts from a multitude of foundries.

Open Font Library — Free, open-source fonts.

The Walden Font Co. — "Purveyors of old and historic fonts and clip-art." The offerings include The New Victorian Printshop, a three-volume set of fonts, borders and clip art derived from Victorian-era designs.

What Font is — Font identification service. You upload a text image and it suggests fonts that are close matches.

WhatTheFont! — Font identification service from MyFonts.com. You upload a text image and it suggests fonts from its collection that are close matches.

Maker Resources

3D Hubs — Access to independent 3D printing services around the world.

3D Printing Industry — "The authority on 3D printing."

3ders.org — 3D printer and 3D printing news.

3DPrint.com — "The Voice of 3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing."

Make Magazine — The top magazine for the Maker Movement and producer of Maker Faires around the world.

Maker Faire — Home page for Maker Faire events.

Makexyz — Access to independent 3D printing services around the world.

Salvage Parts — Listings of car and truck salvage yards in the U.S. and Canada. See the Emporia sections in the City Guides for info on architectural salvage.