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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.


"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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