I’m going to be teaching another online Steampunk Writing Class. This one focuses more on building your manuscript than the last one I taught, which was more of a Steampunk overview. Class runs May 2nd- May 27th 2011 and is $25. Details here.
Today we welcome Shelly Brooks from Mystic Pieces jewelry Design.
Art and its creation has been my life since the tender age of seven. After majoring in Art History during college; I was blessed with the opportunity to work at The Laguna Art Museum, which was fabulous! My true passion is creating jewelry. It started about 12 years ago and now consumes my life. Themes in my jewelry explore the dimensions of both art and history itself, traveling through time, inspired by the Victorian Era, Roaring 20s and Industrial Age. Tinkering with vintage watches, and finding that perfect juxtaposition of old and new is the part of the puzzle that keeps me going. My ultimate creative goal is to inspire and beautify the world with my timeless, MYSTIC PIECES; providing enjoyment and style for all those who appreciate unique creations.
Why jewelry, Why Steampunk?
by Shelley Brooks
Creating started at the age of 7 which I started dabbling in painting with oils and watercolor. In college, black and white photography found my heart and followed me for several years. However, being the wise college student (ha ha), I decided to finish my degree in Art History and later worked for an Art Museum – oh, I had such grandiose ideas of working for The Getty Museum. But as I’m sure for most artist, creating comes and goes throughout a lifetime. So after, the museum, I went on to the Advertising world and spent many years in corporate America and small businesses selling ad space.
Jewelry making found it’s way into my life about 13 years ago, after feeling a burning need to create again. Eventually, I started selling my work to local boutiques in Phoenix, Az and then found Etsy. About 4 years ago, I wanted to make my living by creating full time. That opportunity and dream presented its self, about 2 years ago, when I was laid off from my advertising job. Since, taking the plunge into entrepreneurship and becoming a full time artist, I’m loving the different challenges. However, being the only person behind Mystic Pieces, the creating part comes in spurts as the business keeps expanding to new frontiers.
The name Mystic Pieces came from a collaboration of several different thoughts winding its way through my brain. I guess the first one, I wanted a name that was easy to remember, then came Mystic Seaport in Connecticut (which I had traveled to when I was in my teens), then Mystic Pizza (the movie) then I wanted to create a name that just wasn’t incorporating one creation such as jewelry, hence the “Pieces”. The word origin or history of “Mystic” is defined by “spiritually allegorical, pertaining to mysteries of faith” which seems quite fitting these days.
Three years ago, as we all wonder, Steampunk found me and my fancy. I’ve always been fascinated by the Victorian Era; it’s romance, elegance, detail to workmanship and the simplicity of another time. The beauty too about the Steampunk genre, it has so many intertwining aspects. One can easily travel through time with touches of Gothic, Dieselpunk, Industrial, Futuristic and combinations of all the above. In my jewelry, I love the detail of the watch movements, like little pieces of artwork themselves. Yet, Steampunk gives me the creativity license to play with Victorian and Gothic touches.
My inspiration comes from wanting to succeed on this entrepreneurial journey. I love the freedom, challenges and creativity of my artistic lifestyle. Lately, I feel my brain are gears themselves on a never-ending rotation of new ideas and things to accomplish for Mystic Pieces.
As far as the future holds, I’d like to start creating mixed media again or dabble in wind chimes, but for now I’m content on taking Mystic Pieces as far as the dirigible will take me.
Stores featuring Mystic Pieces:
Work of Artists – Scottsdale
Evermore Nevermore – Mesa
Level 9 Gallery – Cave Creek
Paris Envy – Phoenix
What sorts of things do you like (or want) to create?