Sterling silver jewelry with a twisted, rock n roll edge. Melissa of Missy Industry gives her bling a mechanical and industrial style that is classic enough to last a lifetime and become personalized statement pieces.
Melissa studied 3 years at the Montreal Jewellery School and now applies the precise craftsmanship she learned to make fun, fashionable accessories for hip boys and girls.
Handmade on the darkside...
Tell me about how you originally got into your craft.
I was a crafty hippy! I was making macramé and bead jewelry as a teenager before I moved to Montreal to study the trade for 3 years. After graduating, I was making a few silver pieces to accessorize my club kid outfits, such as stars and spikes, and then started a small production which led to selling to boutiques and setting up shop at trade shows.
sawing in sheets of silver
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your business?
Setting prices! I'm not the best business person, I admit! I don't want to overcharge so I keep my prices very affordable. It's fun work that I'm very lucky to get to do full time but it's not always easy to make a living from it.
When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
A writer or a coroner
What item in your collection would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
The Black Hole necklace. I LOVE triangles and the mix of ethnic and futuristic. Anything you might wear to a black mass is sooooo IT right now. For me anyway!
What other artists out there do you love?
Walton Ford, painter
Omen, graffiti artist
Daniel Martin Diaz, painter
METAL! Lots of custom work and happy customers. A new collection of leather accessories.
I'm always looking for a new obsession to sink my teeth into. A vibe, a movement, a way of life, a look.... it has to be whole concept I can discover and understand. Right now it's witchcraft, symbolism, ancient rituals etc.
I'll have a booth at the One of a Kind Show in Toronto from Nov. 25th-Dec 5th and at the Salon des métiers d'art in Montreal from Dec 2nd-22nd