Gemini Dream Designs is the creative collaboration between artist Kelly Anne LaPlante and costumer Christine Anne Piesyk.
Kelly, a mid-life BFA student at Austin Peay State University, has turned her eye for design to jewelry in both traditional and Steampunk styles. Working with high quality stone and beads, each piece is handcrafted using a variety of chain, copper and assorted wire, and a unique vision that makes many of her pieces “one of a kind.” The Steampunk designs often include recycled materials true to the genre.
In referencing her jewelry, Kelly explains “I let the stones talk to me; many of the materials tell me what they want to be.”
Kelly also creates sculpture using stone and copper, creating earth- and woman-centered designs. Her work has been showcased at APSU in Clarksville, and was selected as the pick of the week for Nashville’s Art Walk in 2011. She has also exhibited in Memphis at Mid-SouthCon 2012.
Christine, Kelly’s mom, began crafting clothing in 1960 and won numerous awards for her craft and design. Over the years, she turned her talents to costuming, creating a variety of medieval, renaissance, period and sci-fi costumes.
Although a writer/editor by trade and training, design has been a significant part of her life.
“I look at things through a different lens that most people; peering under the surface for good “bones” and alternative uses for many materials. That works especially well in the Steampunk style,” she said. Apart from head-to-toe costumes, Christine makes a variety of accessories including headpieces, “fanciful” hats and bows, pouches and totes.
Christine was a featured costuming panelist at Mid-SouthCon 2012 in Memphis.