InSectus Industrial and Steampunk Costume Jewelry


Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Dr.InSectus.
As a small thing I liked to create sculptures from leaves and laundry pegs. My first attempt at something 'big' was to try and carve a bust of Elvis in marble when I was six years old. I shattered the block with the chisel and cried for days.
Jewelry assemblage was something that was diluted from all the other things I loved to do. I've worked in archaeology, bookbinding, archiving, restoring helicopters. I bring all these things to my little sculptures.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
Play in the studio! and it's even better when I have someone else to play with. I write fiction, too, and I do like spending time in my library. I have a gorgeous 18th century German rolltop desk in there that begs to be written on with ink and quills.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Time. I work full time and have a long commute to work, so it's difficult when I come home and all I want is dinner and sleep. But when I go in to the studio, turn on some John Coltrane and plonk myself down in front of the delicious chaos, the bug takes over.
Would definitely like the luxury of a full night's sleep though.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
If only I had the guts to pull off the Octocog. I love to create bombastic pieces but I'm too much of a wallflower to wear them.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A genius.
Alternatively, a dilettante, which was a more accurate prediction.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Janos at Blind Spot Jewellery and Dauvit at The Justified Sinner have been consistent in their inspiration, pushing the boundaries of what jewelry is. I love Keith loBue's jewelry and objects and that's the kind of art I was aspiring to in my leaf-and-peg days and what I return to. Locally, I keep an eye on William Griffiths (love those cathedral rings!) and Julia de Ville. Jessica Joslin is lots of fun, too.
When I was introduced to Haruo Suekichi's watches the Steampunk thing really came together for me and my work started to move in that direction. The Etsy Steam Team have nurtured my steamside on many levels. Thank you, steamers! *toots*

What does your future hold?
A second Etsy shop to be opened with a japanese aesthetic, when I master silverwork. At least two full days to work in the studio and two full days to write. Published novels. Tunisia. Writing soujourns in the Italian countryside. Cats and puppies and ducks. Torrents of grandchildren, and lots of good home grown food.

And a bigger library.


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