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Too Sweet for Rock n' Roll: Sacré Coeur Jewellery & Adornments

Hell-o again, Ghouls & Zombettes!
It's been another week since my last Too Sweet For Rock n' Roll feature, spotlighting Diablo Jo's Handmade Rockabilly Accessories, and so on today's Too Sweet for Rock n' Roll I'll be spotlighting a terribly unique crafts & businesswoman and her online shop, in yet another spectrum of the alternative scene. Her works range from the dark victoriana jewellery bound to make everyone quiver & shiver to the most dramatic, opera style collars and hats apropriate for the most formal party or ball! Curious? Read on!

You created Sacré Coeur Jewellery & Adornments as a handmade accessories line, a concept and an online business. Would you please share a bit about its birth and growth?
Absolutely! Sacré Coeur started out in 2006 with the original aim being to develop as a clothing company offering a line of deconstructed clothes, jewellery and other accessories. Pretty much as soon as I began playing around with the jewellery/accessories side of things I decided that that was it, I was going to concentrate solely on this and leave the clothing for now. I started out making things that I wanted to wear but couldn't find in the shops. This included religious inspired pieces and Victorian style chokers and such. The style evolved over time to encompass other aspects of classic and neo-Victorian culture including memento mori and steampunk but also involving aspects of fetish fashion and a modern gothic feel. I launched the company properly last year after a lot of planning and experimenting whilst I was finishing up at university and am pleased to say that it is growing quickly and that I am receiving a lot of positive feedback from all sorts of people, both those who have already bought my work and those who have only just discovered it. It's hugely rewarding and has given me the motivation to stop working for other people and take this on full time so I can invest all of my time and effort into ensuring its healthy growth and success!

What does owning, managing and representing your own handmade jewellery business consist of?
It consists of a LOT of work! It's good though, because it doesn't feel like work. I am always doing something work related but I can safely say that I am also always loving it so it doesn't feel like a job. Even when I'm sitting at my computer replying to emails or going through receipts and my bookkeeping I'm still enjoying myself because I know that it's all my own venture and I'm not doing it to make somebody else rich! To give you an idea of a typical day at Chateau Sacré Coeur (i.e. my studio, hehe), I start off by checking my emails and going through messages on various sites such as Etsy, Facebook, Twitter etc. Once I've responded to everything I will do my paperwork and then attack the jobs on my to do list one by one. This is usually custom orders and new stock for my stall and my online shops. If I have items to post out, this usually gets done about midday. On a day when I don't have a big pile of orders to get through, I will spend the afternoon designing new items and making bigger, more experimental pieces such as new hats and collars. Intermittently throughout the day I will pop by my online profiles and maintain my presence there, posting links to new work, offers and talking to people as it is a hugely important part of maintaining an awareness of my brand.
How do you feel about the handicrafts business today, regarding the growth of the internet?
I love the community aspect  that many of the online groups and social networking sites provide. It's great to be able to share stories and tips with other designer/makers online. It is also absolutely fantastic in terms of selling online. The huge popularity of sites like Etsy means that people such as myself can make a living from their work without having to take financial risks such as opening up a shop with no guarantee it'll make enough money to stay open. It's also fantastic not only for people who make things but also for people like me who prefer to buy unique, quirky items and support independent designers rather than buy manufactured stuff that everyone else has. With the unfortunate demise of places like Kensington and Camden markets which used to be choc full of unusual bits and bobs that you just wouldn't see anywhere else, the internet has allowed the people who were, and would have continued to be, the source of things like that to carry on selling their wares to an appreciative audience.

Name your top five aestethic influences/idols and tell us why.
This is actually a pretty tough question! 
1. Queen Victoria
Her influence is more symbolic than personal really. She reigned throughout my favourite era in history. The Victorian era, in its values, ideals and aesthetics, has had a huge influence on me in terms of my art, my designs and my personal tastes. She is the perfect representative for my main source of inspiration!
2. Tairrie B
I first discovered her about 15 years ago and throughout my teens loved her music... but as time has gone on and my musical tastes have changed, I have retained my admiration for this womans strength, personal style and artistic abilities. I love her religious inspired tattoos especially!
3. Alice Dellal
I love her look. She's absolutely gorgeous and fits well into any look as a model, but her personal grungy style is great. Lots of black, lots of leather and a partly shaved head... a girl after my own heart!
4. Tarina Tarantino
I'm a big fan of her Hello Kitty jewellery line and I think she has a great look personally as well. I tend to go from one extreme to the other in my tastes, either it's got to be predominantly black or at least muted browns and earthy tones, or it's got to be bright! In Tarina's case, it's the full on colour explosion that I love most! Of course, the fact that she is a hugely successful jewellery designer means she is slightly more than just a visual influence. I aspire to her levels of success too ;)
5. Amelia Arsenic
So versatile! I don't think I've seen her wearing anything that doesn't just work... perfectly.

Please share a picture of your daily glamour/everyday wear and describe it!
This pic pretty much sums up my personal look. More or less my entire wardrobe is black. I have a lot of plain black stuff as well as a lot of slightly more decorative things like lacy blouses, victorian style high necked tops, corsets etc. I use accessories to make them my own. One of my biggest interests and influences along side everything I've already mentioned is natural history and taxidermy. A lot of my jewellery collection consists of pieces that incorporate skulls, bones, teeth (both real and cast out of metal) etc. In this picture I am wearing 3 rosaries (2 of which I made), a raccoon paw pendant and a horse tooth pendant. Right now I am wearing a silver human skull pendant and a polished black metal raven skull pendant. I'm sure you can see the theme emerging! Oh yeah... I like latex too. A lot ;) What you can't see in this picture is the latex leggings and 8 inch heels!

What do you fancy the most about being MissSacré Coeur?
I love the fact that I am able to express myself through my work and I love that I am making a living out of creating things for other people. I love the feedback I get from happy customers and the compliments I get from passers by both in person at my stall and online. It's just so gratifying and serves as a reminder, on days when I worry about making enough money, that setting this up full time was a good idea and is, so far, the best thing I've ever done!

Do you have a wisdom cupcake for the Sailors and Sailorettes reading?
Yes. If you have a passion for something, give it your all. You only live once and you may very well regret not at least giving it a go. You'll never know unless you try!

And here are a couple of shots of stalls that I've had :)

And finally, a selection of my favourite pieces available at the shop...
 Vintage Religious Charm Brooch/Pin $15

  Memento Mori/Corvus Cameo $35

Mildred Vintage Leather Posture Collar $150

Memento Mori/Death's Touch Miniature Top Hat $70

These striking pieces are available in her online shop (under construction)Big Cartel Shop, Etsy Shop, Facebook Fan Page, Twitter and personal Facebook... Who's afraid of Paradisaea's works?

Mafalda xox

5 comentários:

Teayam Tasbihgou disse...

Thank you very much for this lovely lady! <3

Anónimo disse...

It is my pleasure, your works are stunning <3

Jackpot disse...

Honey, I'm so glad to read this. I know Tea's work for a long time. She's an amazing artist.

Anónimo disse...

I'm very happy to know! And absolutely agree <3

Nav disse...

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Have a lovely day!


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Thank you for your comments & feedback!
Mafalda xox