The intricate and detailed artistry in each of Catherinette Ring’s Steampunk sculptures and jewelry is a remarkable sight. Artist Daniel Proulx turns gears, jewels, propellers, eyes, and clockworks into wearable and sculptural art. Each piece is a feat of intricacy, an obvious attention to detail, and an imagination on overdrive. Even if you are not a fan or part of the Steampunk community, these works of art are worth a second look if only to marvel “how’d they do that?”
It’s a new year; tell me something you’ve learned about yourself in 2011 and a goal for 2012.
In 2011, I went to the Largest steampunk festival in Europe and had the chance to meet the organizer of the event ‘The Asylum,’ I really enjoyed how convivial it was. This inspired me to start a steampunk community in Montreal, I was very happy to find that many fans of the steampunk movement were already looking forward to be part of the project. In 2012, my goal is to bring steampunk to Montreal. I have been appointed by Comic Con Montreal to help them set up the steampunk section of their event.
Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/361438210539107/
Some people feel Steampunk jumped the shark once there was a need to define it, do you feel Steampunk has jumped the shark? What do you feel the future of Steampunk will look like? Can Steampunk be defined? If so, how do you define it?
I have been following steampunk closely for almost 5 years and Steampunk has not jumped the shark; in fact, it has been growing at a very steady rate. Steampunk has always been very well defined from the beginning; the simple short definition is Retro-futuristic Victorian Science Fiction. In fact, the definition of steampunk is becoming richer. Since steampunk is always more popular it continues to inspire people who never heard about it before and new steampunk artist are emerging from it.
Google Trend: http://www.google.com/trends/?q=steampunk+,+goth
Comparing Goth and Steampunk
How has Steampunk evolved since you started creating your amazing works of wearable and sculptural Steampunk art?
Since Steampunk is starting to be a very well known Aesthetic among designers of all kind , we can now see more of it being used commercially and through Mainstream channels , My favorite band of all times , Rush , has a new tour called Time Machine tour and they have an amazing steampunk stage . Sugarland also went for the steampunk style in their new album, the incredible machine. And more recently Justin Beiber used Steampunk in his video “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” … right now steampunk as evolved to a point where even some of the biggest celebrities are into it. Steampunk no longer belongs to a select group of hardcore costumers; it has now become source of inspiration for the showbiz.
The sculptures and jewelry look so complex and intricate; how long does it take from conception to execution to complete a ring like the Airship Pirate Steampunk Ring (my personal favorite)?
When I started a ring like this would have taken me 3-4 hours to make, but now I became faster at making them and I can make it in 1.5 hour.
What is inspiring you right now?
I’m mostly inspired by ideas and projects I have been storing in my head for a long time , whenever I do something new it’s mostly the inspiration of the moment or something I always wanted to make for a long time . I have too many ideas but never enough time.
Three works of fiction or films that have influenced you and why?
1. Dungeons and Dragons : I played D&D since I was a kid and it is the first thing that helped my imagination grow and I continue to be inspired by this , For example : My Steampunk beholder Robot .
2. H.R. Giger: I have always been fascinated by the Organic
Alien and industrial look of his creations. Many of my Artwork have similar features.
3. Lord of the Rings: It is the first fantasy book I ever read, Always great source of imagination.
Steampunk and Cyberpunk; how are they similar, how are they different?
Both are Science fictions that are based on futuristic technology. Steampunk is set in a Victorian past and Cyberpunk is in the future. Cyberpunk is often based in story where technology become the main subject and often set in a darker tone story where technology becomes more invasive or where the society largely depends on it for survival. Steampunk is often set in a lighter tone where technology is the promising and optimistic solution to many of problems but could also be set in an equally darker post-apocalyptic setting.
What is a popular misconception about the Steampunk movement?
There are so many misconceptions about steampunk it’s hard to pick just one. I think one of the most common misconceptions is that gears are a prerequisite. I like gears and I think they have role to play in the aesthetics of steampunk, however I think they are a little overrated. During the Victorian era, gears were used in mechanism and they had absolutely no ornamental role, the logic of it is nowadays we use computer chips in our technology but we don’t use them a lot in our fashion. There’s many ways to make something steampunk without the use of gears, for example most of the jewelry I make don’t have gears.
What does being brave mean to you?
So far being brave for me was to go on the adventure of becoming an independent artist. Quit the safety of a fixed income job in finance to run my own business. Now that this has been accomplished, I want to continue on this journey and help other artist find their way. Being brave to me means to do whatever it takes to realize your dreams, even if it means working 7 days a week (70 hours). If you like what you do time flies.
What’s next for you in 2012?
This year most of my efforts are put towards participating in events and also helping the Montreal Steam punk Community grow.
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