Thursday, January 7, 2010

Catherinette Rings - Steampunk Mastery

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Steampunk Inspirations
Part 1 of 2

Steampunk is an increasing popular design trend - not just jewelry, but the whole look - Victorian style clothing with accessories worthy of a Jules Verne or HG Wells movie. That retro technology style is highly distinctive. One master artisan has to be Daniel Proulx, the steampunk designer behind Catherinette Rings on Etsy. When I first stumbled on his rings, my jaw dropped. These are truly art pieces. Shown on the right is his ring with a Swarovski Volcano focal.


Catherinette Rings is a husband and wife team based in Montreal, Canada.  Catherine is a graphic designer who is responsible for making the necklaces and the flower and adjustable ring designs - pretty feminine pieces for female steampunkers. Daniel  is the full time steampunk designer who made all the jewelry shown here. He works with brass and copper and makes steampunk sculptures too. Go check out their Etsy store for much, much more stunning jewelry. They also write a blog. Daniel is an accomplished photographer so I recommend you visit his outstanding Flickr gallery.


His story is just inspiring. He said, "In April of 2008 I started to make rings just for fun ... I spent several hours every day perfecting and developing my own technique to create an original design. I quickly started to make very retro-futurist model of rings. At that time I decided to embark on this adventure, quit my job and try to live on my jewelry full-time. One day a friend told me what I was doing was steampunk. I researched the subject and fell in love with this culture. I always liked steampunk but I didn't know there was a name for it." It goes to show how being passionate about what you do is what really counts.





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8 comments:

  1. What a great write up about these steampunk artists. WONDERFUl designs and work!

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  2. These are very cool...right in style...

    Cheers

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  3. They definately have a distinctive look to them. Beautiful work.
    -Stephanie

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  4. wow, all the coils! I can see the energy and work these to took to design and craft.

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  5. Hi there! I love these rings! I am scheduled to showcase them on my blog for featured designer friday tomorrow, Wow, great minds think alike! Would you mind if I also posted a link to your fabulous story here too since I usually keep it short and sweet? I'd love more people to see all of this, it's interesting and so cool! THANKS!

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  6. i have been eyeing their stuff for a while! love the rings!

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  7. Man those pieces are gorgeous! Not having seen anything else by this particular designer I am struck by how warm they look, the colors of the metal and focals - contrast with the sort of mechanical look of them all. I don't know if I expressed that very well, but - beautiful!

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  8. Daniel is undoubtedly El Maestro of Steampunk jewelry. Fantastic. Your description of Steampunk is perfect, had never put Jules Vern and Steampunk together before but looking at Daniel's rings I can visualize The Time Machine or Captain Nemo's submarine in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

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