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I'm a librarian, ex-lawyer, fiber artist and jewelry designer currently living in Baton Rouge, LA. I learned to make jewelry while living in New York City several years ago, and have been designing all of my own pieces since then. I've been knitting and spinning for even longer than I've been making jewelry. I love big, dramatic accessories, shiny things, goth, punk, magic, vampires, surrealism, bright colors, hearts, black, pink and purple - and, of course, decadence!

I am a proud member of the Artists for Animals Etsy Team, and I support the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania, Calliope Rescue, and the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary. Please see my "Animal Charity Donations" section to see listings the proceeds of which will be donated 100% to these charities.

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  • Born on April 27
  • Joined April 19, 2010

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brass, silver, patina, gemstones, beads, pearls, fiber, yarn, crystals

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About

I'm a librarian, ex-lawyer, fiber artist and jewelry designer currently living in Baton Rouge, LA. I learned to make jewelry while living in New York City several years ago, and have been designing all of my own pieces since then. I've been knitting and spinning for even longer than I've been making jewelry. I love big, dramatic accessories, shiny things, goth, punk, magic, vampires, surrealism, bright colors, hearts, black, pink and purple - and, of course, decadence!

I am a proud member of the Artists for Animals Etsy Team, and I support the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania, Calliope Rescue, and the Blind Cat Rescue & Sanctuary. Please see my "Animal Charity Donations" section to see listings the proceeds of which will be donated 100% to these charities.

Please follow my Facebook page at the following URL to hear about shop updates, sales, and events:

http://www.facebook.com/decadentdelusion

You can also find me on these websites:

Twitter: @susangualtier
Ravelry: decadentdelusion
Pinterest: decdelusion
StumbleUpon: decadentdelusion

Please feel free to add me on any of these sites! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy my shop!

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Sometimes people ask about the name of my shop. It's derived from the decadent movement in art and literature, and in particular from the book "Against the Grain," by Joris-Karl Huysman, which has greatly influenced the way I think about art, aesthetics, and life. Here is some information from the excellent Wikipedia article on this book:

"'À rebours' (translated into English as 'Against the Grain' or 'Against Nature') (1884) is a novel by the French novelist Joris-Karl Huysmans. Its narrative concentrates almost entirely on its principal character, and is mostly a catalogue of the tastes and inner life of Jean Des Esseintes, an eccentric, reclusive aesthete and antihero, who loathes 19th century bourgeois society and tries to retreat into an ideal artistic world of his own creation. 'À rebours' contains many themes which became associated with the Symbolist aesthetic. In doing so, it broke from naturalism and became the ultimate example of 'decadent' literature.

Jean Des Esseintes is the last member of a powerful and once proud noble family. He has lived an extremely decadent life in Paris which has left him disgusted with human society. Without telling anyone, he absconds to a house in the countryside.

He fills the house with his eclectic art collection (which notably consists of reprints of paintings of Gustave Moreau). Drawing from the theme of Gustave Flaubert's 'Bouvard and Pecuchet,' Des Esseintes decides to spend the rest of his life in intellectual and aesthetic contemplation. Throughout his intellectual experiments, he recalls various debauched events and love affairs of his past in Paris. He studies Moreau's paintings, he tries his hand at inventing perfumes, he creates a garden of poisonous flowers. In one of the book's most surrealistic episodes, he has gemstones set in the shell of a tortoise. The extra weight on the creature's back causes its death. In one of the book's more comic episodes, he spontaneously decides to visit London. When he reaches the train station, he overhears some English visitors, whom he finds disgusting. Feeling that he now knows what London would be like, he immediately returns home. Eventually, his late nights and idiosyncratic diet take their toll on his health, requiring him to return to Paris or to forfeit his life."

I don't hate people or society like Des Esseintes, but this shop is my "house in the countryside," where I can feel free to retreat into an ideal artistic world of my own creation. :)

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