Dreadful Pleasures: by Jeanie Schlegel-Merrick

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Dreadful Pleasures: by Jeanie Schlegel-Merrick

58 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Jeanie Schlegel Merrick

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Gayla Lewis

Gayla Lewis on Jul 3, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Love every creation!! I will be purchasing more!! My 7th piece of jewelry from this artist...once of the most talented I've ever seen!!!

Gayla Lewis

Gayla Lewis on Jun 22, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

This is the most amazing piece ever!! Pictures don't do it justice!! If you get a chance to own one of these ....do it! You won't regret it! Love it Love it Love it....just purchased 3 more!!

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The Bright Side of the Dark Side and a Full Circle

My main shop on Etsy is jeanieschlegel.etsy.com and Dreadful Pleasures was created as place to showcase my work of a dark nature, and my lifelong passion for the macabre.

I started making jewellery as a business in December 1992, when I sold my first piece, a Victorian inspired bat necklace, off my neck to a very happy goth girl in the restroom of a Toronto night club. I'd been making things since I was little and grew up with a mom who tailored gowns and costumes and created multi-tier wedding cakes from our home. But this was the first time I actually SOLD something I had made, and I went home to make more.

From 1993 - 1998 I made and sold my jewellery as "Black Widow Designs" - a name my mother and I chose based on a very ornate silver plated egg cup we had inherited from our family 's jewellery shop (William Coates & Son, Brockville, ON 1847-1921) that had the initials BW and the date 1885. while I working as a bartender, in retail shops, and went back to college for Small Business Management. In 1998 I went full time with my business and sold my work at shows and faires, and in select high end boutiques across Canada and the U.S. I branched out into bridal accessories and created a niche of accessories for alternative brides who wanted massive spiderweb necklaces in crystal and cream, and gothic pieces in lighter shades. I moved away from the overtly 'dark' stuff, and dropped the company name, using my own name instead.

From 2000 - 2004 I had a shop at The Ontario Renaissance Festival, and 2003 my daughter (my most beautiful creation) was born. Jewellery took a back seat as I focused on raising my daughter, but I still did the occasional show and supplied a handful of shops. In 2011 I married my best friend and the love of my life and my daughter and I moved to the U.S.

My Awesome husband is the reason I created Dreadful Pleasures and ressurected my original designs and themes. He saw my older work and asked why I no longer made pieces like that. I said I didn't think people would take me seriously as an artist if I was making 'horror' themed jewellery. He said, "instead of worrying about what other people are going to like, make what you really love and the people who love it too will appreciate it". And so I did. It took my husband's words of support to realize that I cannot definie myself creatively as 'one' thing, nor do I have 'one' vision. I love the dark and macabre, and I love faeries and mermaids and pirates and the joyful folk art of Dia de Los Muertos and Marie Antoinette. And also kittens.
And the people I make jewellery for are those who cannot be defined as 'one thing'.

So thank you for taking the time to get to know me and why I do what I do. I hope my work will bring you as much joy as it does to me.

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  • Jeanie Schlegel Merrick

    Owner, Artistic Hedonist, Designer

    I began making jewellery as a business is 1992, creating gothic Victorian accessories for the subculture scene in Toronto, ON. My work has evolved much over the year to include bridal and couture, always with a touch of the dark and whimsical.

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