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Sun. April 10th, 2016 at 8:30pm - RUNWAY SHOW - ECO Fashion Week
Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver, BC. Eco Fashion Week (EFW) is a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating the growth and development of sustainable practices in the fashion/clothing industry. Come see Carolyn Bruce Designs on the Runway Sunday April 10th, at 8:30pm. PRE shopping available on April 10th, 11th, and 12th in the showroom before the runway shows. Tickets for our show on the Eco Fashion Week website - BUY TICKETS.
Just the names of the necklaces: Tourist in Paris and Fashionably Red: A Tribute to Iris Apfel, plus the bright turquoise sky of the third, made me want to travel and so off we went, around Vancouver, to share the iconic jewelry and the exciting conversations it always inspires. Vancouver Fashion Week, 2016, Nordstrom's, The Vancouver Art Gallery, The Pendulum Gallery, Terry Sasaki Gallery, and finally The Vancouver Public Library, with its special Fashion collection and Book Mark, The Library Store, where you will find more ways to support VPL buying more Fashion (and other) must have reads. People actually talked more to the necklaces than they did to me. Oh so many compliments! Many thanks Carolyn Bruce for being the marvelous designer that you are! Thanks, too, to Victoria Clements of Posh Intertainment, Marketing and Media Director for Carolyn Bruce Designs. On a rainy, depressing day, she brought out the sun by bringing a VALT 2016 (yes VALT is coming up) bag full of the necklaces and earrings, and lots of ideas for next sparkling steps.
Written by Colleen, March 27, 2016
Written by Mandy Carnahan, Dec 19th, 2015
Provocative, off-beat and real, VALT 2015 is a favourite for emerging designers who want to let loose without the usual constraints of mainstream fashion. The result is sometimes not for the prudish however the beauty is extraordinary and the feeling of free-spirited community is palatable.
Vancouver Alternative Arts and Fashion week started in 2012 and is run by SEAMS the non-profit organization that centers on helping support the not so mainstream artists in our city. Written by Leeta Liepins, Dec 7, 2015
Carolyn is a self-taught jeweller with a background in industrial and interior design. Using base metal findings, glass and semi-precious beads in complex assemblages, her latest collections are an ever evolving adventure into the world of steampunk, sci-fi, kitsch and Victorianna. Closer examination of the pieces reveals an odd and awesome range of
bits and bobs which are layered and interconnected into larger shapes
that compliment the wearer’s body and movements.
Published in LinkedIn, written by Helen Siwak, for BLUSH Vancouver, Dec. 4th, 2015
Written by Helen Siwak, Dec 2, 2015
Carolyn Bruce Designs takes statement jewelry to the next level at VALT 2015 with her signature elaborate and highly imaginative pieces for the neck and head. This sci-fi look with bee-like goggles exemplifies how limitless Bruce’s imagination is.
Covered by Style by Fire, November 25th, 2015
Beware of a wolf in couture clothing!
When is a fashion show not a fashion show? When it’s Brilliant!
The sold out annual event dazzled the Commodore Ballroom audience. Ticket sales, live auction and pledges raised $450,000 for St. Paul’s Hospital, mental health and addiction programs. A private donor, who wished to remain anonymous donated a staggering $1M! Under the creative leadership of Dean Thullner, a volunteer army stylists, models, dancers and musicians volunteered their time and unleashed their creativity to host a memorable event. This year’s theme reinterpreted and modernized the classic fairy tales. The theme was, “Inspired by those who’ve battled villains [mental health and addiction] to emerge the hero of their own fairy tale.” Doors opened at 7:00pm. The live auction started at 7:45pm. The show started at 8:30pm and ended at 10:00pm. As guests lingered, the tables and chairs were cleared so everyone could dance to the music of DJ Leanne. Written by Ric, Sept 26th, 2015
EXCELLENT article featured in MetroLivingZine.com on Carolyn's work.
July 7, 2015 DEMI COUTURE JEWELRY - Made in Vancouver Canada
You could spend $1,700.00 USD on a semi-mass-produced LANVIN necklace OR
You can find UNIQUE & STUNNING
pieces LIKE THE ONE PICTURED HERE that will RIVAL the best of MIU MIU,
MARNI and LANVIN. Made in Vancouver BC made by local artisan Carolyn
Bruce. July7, 2015
Steampunk jewelry designer-maker Carolyn Bruce wore her own not-for-sale brown-jade necklace at the RAW exhibition while Mandy Carnahan glittered in one named Butterfly Shimmy.
Published in the Ottawa Citizen by Malcolm Parry, Aug. 20th, 2015
Article written by Ric of Sidewalk Runway, Sept. 27th, 2014
I still remember the very first time I saw Carolyn Bruce Designs on the runway at VALT (Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week) 2013. Big, fabulous, unique jewelry is a personal passion and the designer's show offered a candy store of fabulous steampunk pieces. WHO WAS THIS ARTIST AND WHY HAD I NOT MET HER BEFORE? As soon as a break came, I
hightailed it over to the media wall to try and make a connection.
Other than, "I love your work," it was an utter failure. Bruce was
surrounded by a sea of admirers and had even sold a piece right off the
runway to someone from out-of-town. Written by Marilyn R Wilson, Sept. 30th, 2015
Held at The Waterfall Building in Vancouver, this was a red carpet event, beginning with a welcome cocktail or mocktail and a beautifully inviting space. From Emcee, Symone Says, we got an ongoing, "You're special" smile all evening. No-one wanted to the evening to end! Songs for Carolyn and for us, from Marilou Catanjal, made us sing along and celebrate the glitter and glamour of the pieces, and how they shone on the models and on the many fans, who happily showed off what they already owned and loved, and, throughout the evening, bought new additions for their collections. Lots of opportunity to chat, dance and parade around in our new rings and necklaces!
Thanks for inspired and thoughtful planning, Victoria and team, and for your out of this world creations, Carolyn! Imagine, a beyond perfect evening and then a goody bag as another thank you. Simply the best, all! Written by Colleen, Sept. 21, 2015
June 25th - July 16th
You're Invited to the Opening Reception
Thursday June 25th, 6-8pm, Port Moody Arts Centre
FREE Admission, refreshments served!
This will be a great show!
The vision caught on, and in 2009 Pasquier’s son Aymeric decided to launch his own “Le Diner en Blanc” in Montreal. This successful repast became an instant favourite. With some urging from friends, he was then encouraged to open the concept in New York. Serena Walker, a prestigious event producer from New York City, was one of the friends he first contacted regarding the concept. Through their combined efforts, New York became the first US city to host a Diner en Blanc.
Written by Leeta Liepins for Blush Magazine, Sept. 2nd, 2015
Written by Colleen, July 8th, 2015
Ferry Building Gallery
June 23 – July 12, 2015
A mixed media exhibition presenting the work of 17 artists based on the theme of innovative use of traditional and non-traditional materials. Expect the unexpected: this show thinks outside the box / beyond the frame and turns traditional art on its head, with work that goes from whimsical to strange to thought provoking.
"Your beautifully themed necklace for this event is much appreciated! heartfelt thanks"
Written by Kim Craig. July 20th, 2015
Over the last two years, Carolyn Bruce has gone from being a little known jewelry designer to a CarolynBruceDesigns Brand literally exploding onto the Vancouver Film & Fashion scene. You now see someone proudly sporting her one-of-a-kind jewelery everywhere – Vancouver Fashion Week, Holt Renfrew events, LuvNGrace Events, Art World Expo, Operation Smile, Elevate and Celebrate, Brilliant! 2015 and even an art gallery. She also has a growing list of celebrity clients.
Written by Marilyn R Wilson for BLUSH Magazine, September 30th, 2015
No question about it: Carolyn Bruce put on an amazing show at VALT 2014. Her electic statement pieces were styled perfectly with Magdelena Fashion‘s cutout t-shirts and leggings. We loved that every single look came out styled so differently: one model walked out with a Transformers helmet. Don’t think we’d be seeing that at any other fashion week!
Written by Miranda Sam, December 3rd, 2014
“Our designers, for the most part, make every piece by hand without the intention to mass-produce. VALT has little interest in showing designers that would traditionally be considered ‘big’ - it is an event for artists who happen to make clothes. That said, VALT has several returning designers this year: Samantha Stroman, Shiverz Designs, Scheherezade Banoo, AD Designs, Avant-Afi, Pretty in Punk, Zollection, Carolyn Bruce Designs & Dixon. Our designers create for film makers, artists, performers, musicians and collectors with unique tastes.”
Published in the Ottawa Citizen by Malcolm Parry, Sept. 14th,2014
Carolyn Bruce Designs is jewellery based, the majority is my twist on Steampunk; Jules Verne meets Queen Victoria…statement pieces of wearable art…embellished boots and robot jewellery…Inspiration is everywhere…one only needs to touch something and the process begins automatically…often at an alarming speed…not something one can turn off…my mind is at least a year ahead of my physical capabilities…
Written for Art World Expo by Alyssa Laube, Dec. 10th, 2014
The right dress by Rada Designer Fashion requires the best accessories. Director, Screenwriter and Producer Ana Valine's exquisite, chunky jewelry was provided by Carolyn Bruce of Carolyn Bruce Designs. Ana completed her ensemble with a pair of Victorian, knee-high, laced-up boots, giving her chic Old Hollywood-style appearance an eclectic finish. The Province Newspaper, Vancouver, BC, Oct. 9th, 2014
Rock singer Tracy Weddell and operatic mezzo-soprano Leeta Liepins wore
designer Carolyn Bruce’s steampunk jewelry at a party featuring Lady
Gaga's sidekick Lady Starlight. Published in the Ottawa Citizen by Malcolm Parry, Aug. 14, 2014
Written for Miroir by Jacqueline Ryan, VALT 2013
Written by Arora Chan, June 27, 2014 __________________________________________________________________________________________
I had planned to purchase some jewelry from Carolyn Bruce Designs. Her creations are fabulous and her prices are a steal! Sadly, the only items that called to me this year were her tea infusers (which I mistook for pendants at first), but since I already have enough of those, I had to decline. I was tempted to bid on a gorgeous Angel of the Night, but successfully resisted. It got my vote for the People’s Choice Award, though.Alison Spokes, Canadian fantasy illustrator, blogger, magic-seeker, and faerie art enthusiast, 2013
Written by Cicy Guimond, May 4th, 2014
A class in the art of Steampunk…where Science-Fiction,Fantasy and Victorian style meet.
Make a necklace, earring set and a pin. Incorporate keys, cogs, robots and watch parts into your own style of Steampunk Mayhem and Madness..!!! Age and patina metals to include in your pieces. Work in antique bronze and silver lead-free base metals to achieve you own unique style. Kits of parts and pieces included…additional items will be available for purchase from the teacher for future projects. Bring your favourite jewelry pliers and tools…all other items will be supplied. Blog by: Nicci Battilana, Oct. 17th, 2014
Carolyn Bruce is a mixed media artist working with glass and semi-precious beads and lead free base metals in antique silver, gold and bronze. Her "totally tea" collection features miniature teapots for pendants or decoration - tea earrings and beaded tea infusers. Reading is important to her and her pendulum glass crystal bookmarks will add an air of elegance to any book you read.
Bringing Art, Business and Community together, Ambleside Landing, West Vancouver
Would you like a cup of tea? Many do it seems as the overwhelming attendance at the inaugural Vancouver Tea Festival has shown, this past Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, at the Creekside Community Centre at the Olympic Village. Our second source of caffeine seems to have a lot of fans. Exhibitors included tea companies: Steam Tea House, JusTea, DAVIDsTEA, Tea Sparrow, Amoda Tea, The Chinese Tea Shop, O5 Tea, Namasthé Tea Co., TEAJA, Shaktea Tea Lounge, The Tea Guy, Tea Association of Canada, Steeped Tea, Zen Tea, Snow Lotus Fine Teas, Honeybush Health, Oollo Tea, Salon Tea, Black Tusk Trading, Naked Teas Galore and some other tea-related companies: The Painted Cookie & Carolyn Bruce Designs, Lime and Moon Pie Company, Ayala Moriel Parfums and BC Hydro. A LOT! The advance tickets were sold out, walk-ins were turned away, and line-ups to get in went up to 40 minutes. Being the festival's first year, organizers underestimated the amount of people who love tea! I'm pretty sure that they will be moving the festival to a bigger venue next year!
Written by Jenn Lee, November 5th, 2013