This week we catch up with Deb, the creative mind behind Lady Brass Steampunk Garnishes
Were you creative as a child/do you come
from a creative family?
I loved drawing and art as a child through
school & college and I was encouraged by my family to continue doing
something I loved so I’m just about to finish my Fine Arts majoring in Assemblage
Sculpture & Assemblage Ceramics.
How would you describe your work?
My Lady Brass
work is an extension of that art background with my jewellery & garnishes
being “assembled” and original pieces created in the Steampunk genre.
How has your work evolved since you
I find myself exploring and engaging in all the
different styles within this look which has resulted in some fun pieces. I was always being asked where I
got my own jewellery from and said that I made my own so people wanted me to make
them something and so my work evolved.
Who or what inspires you?
Steampunk genre. Just love it J and all things Vintage Victorian Steam
Metal Clocks Cogs – things made to last! Things made by craftsmen with time honoured
Do you reduce, reuse, recycle as part of
your creative process? If yes, how
is your art/craft eco-friendly?
I use a lot of
recycled parts/pieces and bits in my work as I love Metal! In all its forms and
I’m a regular caller at the Brisbane Metal Scrap Yard!! I also love Reverse
Garbage for some fascinating bits & bobs to create my garnishes. I’m a bit of a bowerbird!
Describe your studio/workspace?
funny as my family will tell you I’ve taken over the – garage! The Study! and the entire dining table!
What is your favourite thing to make?
I think I like
assembling Brooches the best as I can combine so many elements to create a
unique one of a kind piece.
How did your business/shop name come
over a number of name options – my gorgeous son came in and said “Mom you love
Brass and you are a Lady – why not “Lady Brass” – now who could refuse such a
lovely compliment! So Lady Brass Steampunk Garnishes was born.
Where do you see your creative journey
taking you in the next 12 months?
Creating a more
comprehensive range and for Men as well and expanding my work to bigger pieces
such as gauntlets, chest strapping’s etc.
What’s your top tip to others wanting to
break into the handmade/creative market?
Hey – take a Big
Breath and Step Out – be confident in what your “mark making” is and the
BrisStyle group are the best and most supportive people to start with!
Describe your typical creative day?
Well – my dining
table is right in the middle of the room with all my bits & pieces on it! so
I’m always “doing” throughout the day J
Life is like a
Cherry – each bite is sweeter than the last!
Music or movie while creating?
Hee hee –
“Flashdance” & “Star Trek”
What is your favourite handmade item that
you have bought?
A gorgeous brass
heart split in the middle then riveted together – the imagery of the piece
Where can we find you online/stockists?
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