My name is Daniel Proulx from Montreal. I make Wire-wrapped Steampunk Jewelry with brass, copper and gemstones
I always was very interested in fantasy imaginary world such as Dungeon & Dragon, Lord of the Rings and Science fiction. I’m also inspired by the mix of mechanical, organic shapes and contrast between ancient and futuristic designs.
HOW IT BEGAN:
In April of 2008 I started to make rings just for fun after Catherine (My better half) learned how to make simple wire rings during a 2 hour lesson. I just watched how she made it and tried. Since then 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 embarked into 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 research the subject and fell in love with this culture . I always liked Steampunk but i didn't know there was a name for it .
Since 2008 i have sold over 5000 pieces , including sculptures of robots , insect and interesting critters .
Since then i have also been given the amazing opportunity to have my work featured the first ever Steampunk Exhibition to be held at a major museum at the University of Oxford in the UK in 2009 at the Mark Twain and House Museum Steampunk Exhibition and the Kew Steam bridge Museum .
My creations also been featured in several Magazine , Newspapers and Books :
- The Art of Steampunk by Art Donovan
- 1000 Steampunk Creations
- Steampunk: An Illustrated History of Fantastical Fiction, Fanciful Film and Other Victorian Visions
- International Steampunk Fashion
Recently one of my rings was also worn by Allison Scagliotti ( Claudia Donovan ) in Warehouse 13 season 2 and one of my sculpture is featured on one of Neil Gaiman's book .
In addition i have been invited as a Special Guest at Fan Expo Canada , ComicCon Montreal , ComicCon Ottawa and Otakuthon where i organized panels with the collaborations of the local Steampunk Community , Steampunk Montreal and Steampunk Canada .
See the full list of my acheivement's here : http://danielproulx.blogspot.ca/2010/03/steampunk-jewelry-designer-daniel.html
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me .
I really appreciate all the support you have given me .
It helped me become a successful artist.