Daniel Proulx was born in Montreal and became an independent jewelry artist in 2008. Daniel has always found great inspiration in the steam era throughout his career, even before he was introduced to the vast world that is known as “steampunk” today. He began his journey creating jewelry for his business Catherinette Rings which combines his love of alternate realities, with a focus on retro-futuristic design. This unique blend of creativity has led Daniel to also expand his business into the realm of steampunk sculptures. The materials he uses include metal wire, copper, gemstones, and other unusual nick knacks that combine the use of both mechanical and organic shapes that effortlessly transcend nature and time.

Daniel’s success is a testament to his incredible capacity for imagination and has been able to turn his hobby into a  full time jewelry and sculpture business. His hard work and persistence has not gone unnoticed in the steampunk community and I am honored to share his talent and passions with all of you.

When did you first become interested in steampunk culture?

In 2008 I tried my hand at jewelry after my partner Catherine had taken a lesson. I quickly started to make very retro futuristic models of rings and one day a friend told me what I was doing was considered steampunk. I researched the subject and fell in love with the culture.

What influences your work the most?

When I make jewelry I like to imagine what people would wear in a parallel steampunk world but at the same time create original pieces that people can wear everyday.

What is your creative process like?

Most of the time when I design a new item I have been thinking about it for a while. I know exactly what technique I’m going to use to make it. Many of my design which were very basic at the beginnings, became increasingly complex over the years.

How long does it take to create one of your custom pieces?

On a good day I can make about fifteen rings. Most rings take about 30-45 minutes to produce, but that’s because I have improved my technique and found other ways to increase productivity. Some of the more complex design can take a full day to make.

What is the fondest memory or opportunity you’ve received through your work?

One of the best opportunities was to be part of the Steampunk Exhibition at the Museum of The History of Science in Oxford UK.  I had the chance to be featured in the Book from this exhibition and  really enjoyed meeting some of the Artists and the people of the steampunk community.

What projects can we expect from you in 2012?

This year I have many projects in mind, but the main one is to spread the word about steampunk culture and help build a community in my city 0f Montreal. I have also been asked to help organize a steampunk program for Comic Con Montreal in September and so far it is one of the most interesting projects to date.  During this event I’m planning an Art Exhibition featuring some of the most amazing artists of the steampunk community, where I will show a wide variety of items in order to offer a greater perspective on the steampunk movement. I’m also working on a steampunk clothing line in collaboration with a local designer and hope to feature some of my latest jewelry in the photo shoots.

Is there any advice you could offer other  entrepreneurs starting their own business?

If you want to start a business, your first objective should be finding something you love to do. If you start a business just for money, you wont last very long. Also, always make sure you have a wide range of products. You don’t want people leaving your shop early because there’s not enough interesting stuff to look at.  Finally, one of the most important things is that I see many people with talent but they don’t repeat their successes, once you make something and it sells, make an other one. If it already sold once good chance it will sell again. Maybe it will become your best seller .

If you weren’t making steampunk jewelry what could you see yourself doing?

At this time I’m making mostly steampunk jewelry, but eventually I’ll be branching out into creating steampunk sculptures.

Do you have any plans to expand your company? If so, in what way?

Yes , I have so many plans in mind. One of them involves Catherine who happens to be a fashion graphic designer. I can’t reveal what the project is at the moment, but hopefully soon.

Favorite part of steampunk culture?

One of my favorite parts of  steampunk culture is that there are so many things that have not been done or imagined yet. It is always a limitless source of inspiration!

If you want to learn more about the steampunk community, check out my other interviews with Kato of Steampunk Couture, Steve Pack of Renaissance Fashions. Want more steampunk articles? Check out my share the love posts on The Blonde Swan and Aranwen Jewelry.

 

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