Lisa Scrivner of Elle Paisley was featured in a recent article in the Burlington Free Press.
"Burlington artist Lisa Scrivner always had an affinity for pocket watches and neo-Victorian design. She put her vision to use locally after a move from Oregon to Burlington and has set up shop creating and selling her "steampunk" jewelry.
What exactly is steampunk? And how does it translate to your jewelry?
Steampunk is a variation of science fiction (inspired by the novels of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells and Mary Shelley) and more of an idea of an alternate history. It is the result of asking what today's technology would look like if it was designed by people living in the early 19th century/Victorian era -- typically using the ideas of steam power and clockwork mechanisms. My designs incorporate vintage watch movements and clockwork, brass, antiqued silver, Victorian and Elizabethan stamping and castings, turn-of-the-century decorative hardware, and special charms and adornments.
How did you begin making what you make?
In 2009 after losing both my grandfather and my job, I knew that I had to create something. After immersing myself in the local hardware store (Hippo Hardware in Portland, Ore.) and finding a treasure trove of clockwork on eBay, I knew I had found my niche. All of my earlier pieces were designed for my partner, Mae. After working on my techniques and finding that people were actually interested in what I was designing, I started selling at small craft/street fairs in PDX (Portland, Ore.) and then launched my Etsy site.
Where do you sell?
I do most of my business through my Etsy shop online. (www.ellepaisley.etsy.com) You can also find my work at Trinket in downtown Burlington and at Presents of Mind in Portland, Ore. Occasionally, you can find me at local craft fairs like SEABA's ARThop and the Queen City Craft Bazaar. I will be at the TWIST craft show in Northampton, Mass., on May 6 and 7 (www.twistfair.com) and the Queen City Craft Bazaar at Union Station in Burlington on June 4 (www.queencitycraft.com/p/about.html).
Who are your idols?
I really look up to people who do what they love and love what they do. Those who aren't afraid to go rogue and pave their own way through life. Other artists, writers and musicians -- they inspire me to keep creating, to keep dreaming of the possibility of impossibilities and to keep believing in myself.
What are some of your favorite things about the Burlington arts scene?
I love that the Burlington arts scene is so accessible. In my experience, it has been very do-it-yourself ,and the other artists I have met have been super-supportive of each other. The arts scene in Burlington is very diverse and yet it still feels like a cohesive community, and I like that.
What's next for you?
I have visions of expanding my line with mini top hats and decorative eye patches."
Story by Myra Mathis Flynn