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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.

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Carolyn Bruce designs steampunk jewelry and a vast array of other unique treasures. She uses antique silver and bronze lead free base metals and found objects and has many ambassadors who are delighted to show her work off, around the city and the world. 
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.
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I was dressed by the creative Dani Barnes of House of Barnes and Boo La La Costumes, who put me in a gender-bending RED number that fit perfectly with the event. She paired my look with an extreme Carolyn Bruce steampunk statement necklace which we lovingly nicknamed “Don’t Touch The Boobs” My makeup was done by the Dior team at Hudson’s Bay downtown. I was feeling myself like the emoji of the spanish lady rocking the red dress. I was getting hit on by some handsome lesbians in dapper suits while having the time of my life!                                                                                                                                                       Written by Stylist Justin Voitic, Feb 23, 2016
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Tracey Cole, of TLC's Made This, is a local designer specializing in repurposed and recreated fashion designs for men and women. She designed the looks we wore at Celestia this year and we hope to see more of her on the runway in future years of VALT. Carolyn Bruce's Steampunk Jewelry headlined the night and she shined like no other. Her limitless mind guides her tireless hands and once again we watched the procession, awestruck. We were also honoured to be wearing her creations for VALT's Celestia: necklaces in the theme of space exploration.
                                                                                                                                                             Written by Mandy Carnahan, Dec 19th, 2015
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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

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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

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There are always those designer pieces that are seen on local fashionista that trigger immediate envy. In Vancouver, it is the elaborate and unconventional pieces of multi-media artisan Carolyn Bruce. Her elaborate jewellery pieces inspire awe and flabbergast even the most jaded. Local personalities, upcoming starlets, digital influencers and the many of the city’s most fashion forward style icons have all worn Carolyn’s pieces. Whether in front of the flash bulbs or for personal satisfaction, the looks are enduring and compelling...
                                                                        
                  Written by Helen Siwak, Dec 2, 2015

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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


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Brilliant 2015 Charity Fashion Show


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

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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.                                                         Submitted by Malcolm Parry, Aug. 20th, 2015
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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




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STYLING by Sophie Valentine
WARPAINT by Stevie Crowne
Photographed by Jules James (9H057)
Models: Chris Carrier and Helen Marley

Hair and Make-up: Slay the Day Beauty
Jewelry by Carolyn Bruce Designs


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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

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We are very grateful to the organizations and individuals who generously donated gifts for our Brilliant! 2014, 2015 Silent Auction, Balloon Prizes and Live Auction. All proceeds from the sale of these items benefit mental health patients at St. Paul’s Hospital.
                                                                  Article written by Ric of Sidewalk Runway, Sept. 27th, 2014
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Marilyn R. Wilson was very proud to be wearing a local designer at The Show. Her necklace was created by Carolyn Bruce. I don’t know if anyone else can pull of a statement piece quite like Marilyn.                                                                                                      Written by Ali Sami, April 25th, 2014
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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

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Victoria Clements and team of ambassadors, stylists, mixologists, musicians, florists, models, sponsors, volunteers and more, created a fabulous showcase for the extraordinary jewelry and designs by Carolyn Bruce.
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
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CAROLYN BRUCE DESIGNS PRESENTS: “An Evening of Intrigue & Fantasy”
Unique Art Exhibition and One-of-a-Kind Jewelry Fashion Show.
                                                                             
Published by MetroLivingZine, Sept. 14th, 2015

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NEW EXHIBITION!
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!


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The excitement reached a fever pitch at Vancouver’s fourth annual Le Diner en Blanc. This elegant but somewhat select picnic sold out quickly to an eager 4500 participants.
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
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Four of us took a road trip to see A Space In Time, a current exhibit featuring four artists from VCON 39 Art Show, a Vancouver science-faction, fantasy and gaming convention here, since the 70's.  While we were intrigued by Jeff Burnette's blown glass ray guns, fantasy illustrations by Melissa Mary Duncan and gorgeous paintings by Hing Kei, we focused on Steam Punk Jewellery Designer and Artist, Carolyn Bruce, as we had seen her work at VALT (Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week) ECO Fashion Week and recently at showing of the movie IRIS, in which we fundraised and dressed up. Note Carolyn and Victoria are wearing standout necklaces as are several other attendees. We are jewellery enthusiasts so really loved the creative displays: on the walls, on heads, in cases, out in the open, everywhere, adding texture, color, eyes, clocks, chains, metals and so much more to the space.  We want to throw out our watches and keep time in new ways.  We want to feel that there is forest in the city and art in the technology.  There is a fantastic visual complexity about Carolyn Bruce's designs that as Diana Vreeland said, makes the eye travel and it certainly does every time her work is being displayed and being worn.  (Always with strength and attitude)  So here are some photos; go see the real gems for yourself.
                                                                                                                                                                               Written by Colleen, July 8th, 2015
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Re: Semblance
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.













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This fundraiser is held every year to help open up public conversation regarding bullying, suicide and mental health.  All of our proceeds benefit the Amanda Todd Legacy Society

Amanda Todd is a friend from our community and we work very closely with her mother Carol Todd.  We are now preparing for our 3rd annual event and through much hard work my daughter Tneesa is now on the Board of Directors for the Amanda Todd Legacy Society 

This years motorcycle ride will be our biggest and most publicized.  We are starting at Trev Deeley Motorcycles in Vancouver and ending at the Ruby Creek Art Gallery in Agassiz to be honored guests of the Native Band and a traditional Salmon BBQ.  There will be many Chiefs in attendance and will be an excellent event not to be missed.
"Your beautifully themed necklace for this event is much appreciated! heartfelt thanks"
                                                                                                 Written by Kim Craig. July 20th, 2015






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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

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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!


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“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.”   

                                                                              Covered by Anja Konjicanin for the Vancouver Observers column The Scene, Oct. 30th, 2014
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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, Sept. 14th,2014


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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

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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

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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

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The audience gasped at the sight of, and the models wished to forever possess, Carolyn Bruce’s opulent necklaces and earrings. She painstakingly creates layer upon layer of large metal dragonflies, crystals, coins and accoutrements, meticulously arranged down the front of the elegant, dramatic pieces. Jewelry fit for Cleopatra, these are substantial, sculptural works of art that reward the enviable wearer with abundant beauty and femininity. Carolyn is masterful with her medium, even showing a to-die-for silver zepplin handbag that could belong in a museum. This collection was power and grace, intertwined into a wearable fantasy.
                                                                                                                                                   Written for Miroir by Jacqueline Ryan, VALT 2013
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A group of experienced models was fully decked out in finery from head to toe, showcasing elegant evening wear by local Indian designer Trisha Rampersad of BHANA Design Company, intricate jewelry by Carolyn Bruce Designs and gorgeous millinery by Shay Lhea of Chapeaux Chic.  We were impressed with how harmoniously these three designers’ creations worked together, considering the very different backgrounds of each brand.  With the plunging neckline of some of the goens, they seemed tailor-made to showcase Bruce's Statement making necklaces.
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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


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In addition to painters at Art World Expo 2015, there were unique art pieces such as the steampunk jewellery by Carolyn Bruce Designs. Of course, those hit a soft spot with me, having incorporated a Tardis (or as Megan excitedly pointed out to me, "that blue box thingy I like so much").
                                                                                                                                     Written by Cicy Guimond, May 4th, 2014

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I really wanted to toss the jewellery I was wearing, in favor of anything designed by Carolyn Bruce. It is described as "Steampunk wearable art jewellery and as you can see in the photos, it is all," one of a kind pieces, made of antique silver and bronze, with lead free base metals and found objects."  Find her on Favebook at  Carolyn Bruce Designs - Steampunk Jewelry. Have a look into jewellery that will definitely make your eye travel.                                              Written by Colleen, May 4th, 2015

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Carolyn Bruce of Carolyn Bruce Designs is a mixed media artist who works with glass and semi-precious beads and lead free base metals in antique silver, gold and bronze. Carolyn creates magnificent Steampunk Jewellery that is worn and appreciated by all- women, men, and every age and style. Carolyn also has very affordable collections featuring pendants, icicle angels, earrings, pendulum glass crystal bookmarks, tea and cooking themed gifts and simply a wide variety of amazing works at every price range. Carolyn sells in various boutiques and studios and also creates her own Christmas Market experience that she advertises as … FIND IT | LOVE IT | BUY IT – at Gifts Galore Show.                                                                                                                                   Written by Randi Winter, Feb 13, 2015
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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

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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

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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