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As soon as a break came, I hightailed it over to the media wall to try and make a connection. Other than, "I love your work," it was an utter failure. Bruce was surrounded by a sea of admirers and had even sold a piece right off the runway to someone from out-of-town.
with media and other guests would open as they sought out where I found my unusual necklace. The fact that it was a local designer was an added bonus.
Now when I walk into any occasion, I see Carolyn Bruce Designs sported by many in attendance, I am but one in a crowd. No longer an unknown designer, she has grown to become a must have brand with pieces seen at high end events and being worn by celebrities.
|All images by Nina Pak|
Where were you born?
Looking back can you remember a story from your childhood that shows a hint you would become such a unique artist creating edgy jewelry?
What is the process for each piece you design - Where do you find inspiration?
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How do you decide which findings to use? It just grows organically, that part is very hard to explain.
What is most interesting about the process? My creative stream is like an avalanche of creative visions that fall from my mind. Sometimes, before I even have one idea out, they overlap. They can be totally unrelated and just stream out of my mind. Then what happens is the ideas can back up in my mind. I have several pieces, maybe even up to 50 pieces sometimes, in varying degrees of completion and they’ll all be in partial stages of being assembled. Some fly out and are created in minutes. Other are developed over weeks or months.
What do you love most about being an artist?
You've created so many truly unique looks from glitzy, to coloured to dark. Do you have a favourite piece?
Yes, I like the horn piece from the first Valt I did in 2013, and my red and brown jade piece titled “Made by the Aliens.” They are powerful pieces - they emanate something. When you wear them it makes people stop in their tracks. I’ve worn both of them at several events and just wearing those pieces makes you somehow walk differently. They make people stop and look. You mean business when you wear those pieces, you feel it.
I know your brand offers more than just jewelry. Can you share some of the other unique items you offer.
I also make skull bottle stoppers and cocktail picks. The skulls have now been incorporated into dancing earrings. I also have the tea infusers, miniature teapot beaded pendants, and the bookmarks and crystal tree jewelry for Christmas, Diva Danglers for purses and Dog Danglers for dog collars. Then I have my lizards and dragon fly wall hangings, paper mache wall masks and mixed media wall hangings. I am an Artist through and through with an architectural background and a mind that doesn’t stop, that exists on little sleep. If I am inspired by touch and this flow of creativity, I will literally create almost anything.
Sept. 26th Brilliant Fundraiser for St. Paul's Hospital - a fashion runway show, live dance and vocal performances, along with silent and live auction. I am designing for the entire Seven Dwarfs and the Huntsmen section..
|Created for a BOND party.|
Nov. 19-22nd Christmas at Hycroft - The Preservation Foundation is hosting its 43rd annual Christmas at Hycrof with live music, local artisans, kitchen creations, door prizes, Santa and much more.
Nov. 27-29th Gifts Galore 2015 Show - A holiday craft and artisan fair that features local BC artists. Gifts galore was founded by JoAnn Gillies and myself in 2012.. The Grand Prize of the raffle is a $150 Shopping Spree, which is announced the last day of the show.
Can you share a favourite quote?
I have three favorite quotes -
- “Women who strive to be equal to men lack ambition” (plain and simple)
- “In the midst of Chaos lies Creativity” (explains my studio)
- “If running late, it’s considered cardio” (lol - I hate exercise)