Interview with Gorgeously Grotesque – Featured April Interview

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Good evening my pets. It’s that time of the month again for a featured interview. I had the chance of interviewing Laurie Greenleaf of Gorgeously Grotesque. She creates fabulous unique jewelry such as the one I’m wearing below:

Myself with my necklace from Gorgeously Grotesque

Myself with my necklace from Gorgeously Grotesque

M: What is Gorgeously Grotesque?

G: For me Gorgeously Grotesque is not just a shop name; it’s how I describe my style, my various artistic endeavors, and myself. It’s the idea that strange and unexpected things are often the most beautiful. I’ve always been drawn to the unusual and I find it very inspiring.

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Laurie of Gorgeously Grotesque

M: Do you create orders on demand or on a whim?

G: My brain is filled with so many ideas, with new ones coming in everyday! Honestly, if I had endless funds for supplies, I’d probably just quit sleeping and create art 24/7. I do generally try to have a variety of pieces available for sale most of the time. Most pieces are just ideas that pop into my head but I am always listening to feedback and suggestions from friends and fans. Such feedback is actually bringing about an upcoming men’s line of jewelry!

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M: Have you always been into creating jewelry? If not, how long have you been doing so?

G: I’ve been an artist since I was a very young child. I’ve always felt the need to create for as long as I can remember. I’ve actually only been making jewelry for a couple of years. That arose from my frustrations of not being able to find jewelry that I liked locally in stores. Originally I was planning on only making items for myself but I had so many people asking about my pieces I decided to start making them to sell. It’s very, very hard for me to not just keep everything for my own collection!

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M: Any inspirations for your work?

G: I’ve joked that if I needed a weirdly specific way to describe my style it would be “horror steamgoth”. I’ve been a horror nerd since I was incredibly young. My love of classic films and literature is very evident in my various Vincent Price, Edgar Allan Poe, and HP Lovecraft pieces. I’ve also been a fan of collecting antique keys, old clockworks, and other such things before steampunk became the pop culture sensation it is now. Though I’ve dubbed my pieces as “steamgoth” because I love infusing my spooky love of bats and skulls into that style.

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M: Do you have a favorite creation?

G: I have so many pieces I love it’s so hard to pick just one! I do really love the mini-collage necklaces that I create inside empty pocket watches. Fun Fact: That was the first design I ever created! I have a piece I created for myself that is made of silver-tone clockwork gears, clock hands, keys, a clock-face, and of course, a little bat accent. I adore that piece and it’s 100% one of a kind.

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M: Does the process take very long?

G: The process of fabricating my pieces really varies on the piece. One piece that is very, very time consuming are my “Coraline necklaces”. Those are long necklaces made of buttons. Each one contains around 57 buttons and 171 little metal rings holding them together.. and I have to manipulate all 171 little metal rings by hand. I usually grab a few horror films that I’ve seen dozens of times and listen to them while I work on those pieces.

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M: Do you only sell locally or do you sell online as well?

G: I’ve sold locally during holiday events at the local mall, I have another event there this May. I’m also currently selling my jewelry at Mojo Rising Tattoo with other tattoo shops expressing interest as well. I do take orders through facebook and I’m working on launching my Etsy stop this year as well too.

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M: How does the public respond to your creations?

G: The public response has been good! It’s amusing though, especially when I’ve vended in the local mall. When people approach my table I either get one of two reactions, they either say “Ugh, this is weird! I don’t like it!” or “Ooh, this is weird! I love it!” The people that do love it have been awesome and very encouraging that I’m doing something right.

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M: A follower of mine also liked your page; she wanted me to ask if you have created any hair accessories?

G: I haven’t done any hair accessories.. yet! I do have some very fun ideas for pieces that I plan on creating in the future though.


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M: Have you had any awkward reactions?

G: Oh, the awkward reactions! I could easily list a dozen of those without much thought. One in particular that sticks out though was a woman that asked, “Why don’t you make normal jewelry?” I explained to her that what I make IS normal to me and it’s what I’m into. I also added that I started making jewelry because I didn’t see the stuff I liked in stores.. stores that specialize in selling “normal” jewelry.

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M: Have you had any awkward reactions?

G: Oh, the awkward reactions! I could easily list a dozen of those without much thought. One in particular that sticks out though was a woman that asked, “Why don’t you make normal jewelry?” I explained to her that what I make IS normal to me and it’s what I’m into. I also added that I started making jewelry because I didn’t see the stuff I liked in stores.. stores that specialize in selling “normal” jewelry.

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M: Do you have a goal for Gorgeously Grotesque?

G: World domination? haha! Seriously though, I plan to get my Etsy shop launched this year so I can expand on taking online orders. I also really want to expand my vending to Halloween and horror events. Since I’ve been a nerd for the genre for my whole life I’d love to share my pieces with other fangirls and boys. I also want to expand to include my photography, paintings, and other non-jewelry pieces that I do as well.

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M: Do you offer special packages for different seasons or events?

G: Well I’m very, very popular at Halloween! I actually plan on running a special soon of “trick or treat” bags. For a low price you get a random assortment of several of my pieces in a little goodie bag. Since I live like everyday is Halloween I’m not going to bother waiting for fall to launch that deal. This winter though I do plan on launching some limited Krampus items as showing my version of holiday spirit.

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M: Something a tad fun, if you could pick a scream queen to model your creations who would it be and why?

G: That is fun! I’m thinking that 80’s era Linnea Quigley would definitely rock it. I love how fearless she is and wasn’t afraid to take on “unusual” roles like in Return of the Living Dead and Night of the Demons. I’ve also seen photos of her wearing a corset and holding a chainsaw, definitely a lady after my own heart! Plus, not to name drop, but I did meet her in person a couple years ago and she complimented my style. That was definitely a vote of confidence for me!

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