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We at Decimononic are more than willing to express our adoration for fellow designers, as such inspirational artists will inspire our own creativity. But it’s not just about taking inspiration from the designs, we admire the Alex London design ethos, the things that have inspired her own collections and how she has represented these in her own work.
We have previously spoken about the artistic use of natural motifs during the Victorian era (let’s remember this short blog post about flora and fauna in Victorian jewelry featuring an astonishing hummingbird brooch, for example). Artists in general and goldsmiths in particular benefited from this, leaving an amazing legacy behind.
In addition to this trend, the influence of Scottish design was evident during the Romantic Period (1837-1860). In fact, Queen Victoria herself was proud of her Scottish ancestry and some traditional Scottish jewelry pieces became all the rage. Without hesitation, this brooch that incorporates the talon of a game bird set in gold and adorned with gems is an outstanding example of the convergence of these trends in the field of jewelry.
1.- The interviewee
Aleksei Sigaev is a master jeweler who lives in Moscow. He is a member of the Creative Union of Artists of Russia and the winner of the National Competition in Jewelry Design “Golden Constellation” 2002. In addition, he is very well known for his ‘modding’ skills. He is an active member of the Russian ‘Steampunk’ community and many of his creations can be found at Steampunker.ru.
2.- Russian Steampunk
Our first contact with Steampunker.ru was in March, due to the release of the compilation of the twelve interviews of the series ‘Steampunk jewelry tonight with…’ published in 2012. We have the feeling that Russia has a very active Steampunk scene, but it is almost unknown outside of the Russian-speaking countries. For this reason, when Peter, Editor of Steampunker.ru, asked me if we would be interested in interviewing Russian creators, we showed our interest immediately.
When Peter told me that Aleksei Sigaev was willing to participate in our interviews’ series, both Irene and I felt electrified and we are more than pleased to help make Aleksei’s works known beyond the boundaries of his country. Why? Because Aleksei may be totally unknown for our readers, but he is a genuine master jeweler and an expert ‘modder’. Enjoy!
Q.- Aleksei, you are the first Russian interviewee of this interviews’ series. How did you discover Steampunk and what makes it so attractive for you?
Three times nominated for a New Zealand Music Award, Jordan Reyne is an experimental musician born in New Zealand. She lived in Germany from 2006 to 2011, relocating then to London. Combining folk noir and industrial, her style challenges any categorization.
The song ‘The Proximity of death (blue eyed boy)’ was included in the fifth album of Jordan Reyne, ‘How the dead live’. This album, launched in 2009, was an Arts Council and Department of Conservation commission based on one of New Zealand’s first pioneer women who arrived in New Zealand from Gravesend London in 1874. Both Irene and I are big fans of Jordan Reyne and choosing a single song has not been easy, but we do love the strength and symbolism of this one.
This years’ nomination of our Sky Captain Series to the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Awards gave me a perfect excuse to publish a blog post on 2nd May with some reflections regarding international Steampunk contests (entitled: ‘Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards 2014… and beyond’). Amongst other things, I suggested in this blog post some international creators that I would really like to see awarded and just the following day I discovered the amazing ‘Aurea Mediocritas’ gallery of Juan Manuel Molleví.
Juan Manuel is a Catalan digital artist from Tarragona (Spain) recently graduated in Publicity and Public Relations but already working since some time in the field of advertising creativity. His ‘Aurea Mediocritas’ gallery displays small invertebrates transformed into vulgar utensils and, as is this imaginative exhibition was not enough, he approaches this challenge trying to achieve a baroque-Steampunk feeling. Does it sound good? Have a look below to see his works, though you should visit his blog in order to see them in its full-resolution glory.