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About Tom Banwell

I have no formal art training, and am largely self-taught. As a child I was fascinated with helmets and other hats, and I collected them. My love affair with leather began in 1972 when I got a job at Lake Tahoe making belts, purses and sandals. Four years later I started a business designing and making men’s Western leather hats which sold all over the United States. After selling that business I dabbled in woodcarving for a number of years which led eventually to learning how to cast in resin.

My business than became casting custom resin trophies and figurines, which I did for many years, and much of that work consisted of imitating other materials: bronze, marble, wood, etc. In 2008 I discovered leather maskmaking and that has been my passion—and my business—ever since.





Oct 2009 – Feb 2010


Museum of the History of Science

Oxford University, Oxford, UK


Oct 2011 – Feb 2012

Steampunk: History Beyond Imagination

The Muzeo

Anaheim, California, USA


Jun 2012—October 2012

Time Machines: Robots, Rockets, and Steampunk

Shelburne Museum

Shelburne, Vermont, USA


Jun 2013—July 2013

Fetishism in Fashion

Mode Biënnale Arnhem

MoBA, Arnhem, Netherlands


March 2014—May 2014

Steampunk Art

Hangaram Design Museum

Seoul Art Center

Seoul, Korea


June 2014—July 2014

Masked Machinations, a solo exhibition

Idea Fabrication Laboratories

Chico, California, USA


Sept 2014—Feb 2015

Steampunk Art Exhibition

751 D-Park, Beijing, China

K11 Art Mall, Shanghai, China










Steampunk! L’esthéque Rétro-FuturÉtienne Barillier
La Bibliothèque Des Miroirs, 2010

The Steampunk Bible: An Illustrated Guide to the World of Imaginary Airships, Corsets and Goggles, Mad Scientists, and Strange Literature
Jeff VanderMeer and S. J. Chambers
Abrams Image, 2011

The Art of Steampunk
Art Donovan
Fox Chapel Publishing, 2011

1000 Steampunk Creations
Dr. Grymm
Quarry Publishers, 2011

Steampunk: The Art of Victorian Futurism
Jay Strongman
Korero Books, UK 2011

Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visions
Brian J. Robb
Voyageur Press, 2012

Steampunk Fashion    
Spurgeon Vaughn Ratcliffe
Graffito Books, Ltd, London, 2012

Steampunk Oriental Laboratory 2
Shaoko Hyakutake, editor
Graphic-Sha Publishing Co, Tokyo, 2012

Anatomy of Steampunk: The Fashion of Victorian Futurism
Katherine Gleason
Race Point Publishing
Quayside Publishing Group, 2013