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Greta Hammelman sits on a steamer trunk she brought to the library to hold materials for hte steampunk club. She wears a steampunk pendant she created, and also displays a felted flamingo and a collage she created during club meetings.

Club members turn junk into art

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The movement started when Jules Verne took readers around the world in 80 days, on a journey to the center of the earth and 10,000 leagues under the sea. But for Greta Hammelman, it started with some junk.

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"We are recycling junk into art," Hammelman said.

Hammelman is an artist who leads a Steampunk Club at the Hammond Public Library. Hammelman said she doesn't see herself as purely a steampunk artist, but steampunk is one type of art she enjoys creating.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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