Today we’d like to introduce you to Miss Brixx.
Miss Brixx, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I earned my BA in Art at CSULB and my AA in Fashion Merchandising from FIDM and have worked for years in the industry as a Graphic Designer and Photographer. I have my own small creative services business, Chance Artworks, which I’ve been running with my partner since 2005.
While studying at CSULB, I took a jewelry casting class and this is where the seeds for making Lego jewelry were planted. In this class, I initially made Lego jewelry out of silver using the lost-wax casting method, where I used Legos instead of wax. I loved this class but I was focused on getting my degree and a career started in graphic design and photography. I had continued to make jewelry for myself and always had in the back of my mind that I wanted to make jewelry out of Legos again. So after a fateful first trip to Legoland, I was encouraged to buy a set of classic bricks and try it out. That first night the fabulous Miss Brixx was born!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Miss Brixx is funky, fun and fabulous wearable art in the form of jewelry and accessories made out of Legos. I use Legos, metal and sometimes include found materials like leather, chain, and hardware to create my pieces. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, purses, rings, chokers, key chains, and backpack charms, you name it, Miss Brixx does it all with a wide variety of items and looks, including bold statement pieces, chic simple/minimalist pieces, and amazing pop culture styles. All are unique and limited editions or one-of-a-kind.
Different collections offer a variety of styles for different audiences. For example, I make earrings, necklaces, bag charms, and key chains out of Lego minifigures like Star Wars and Comic Book Characters. Some pieces are inspired by music, such as boomboxes and turntables. Also, a Rainbow colored series that features heart necklaces, rings, earrings, lapel pins, and key chains. And I have a line called Dominabrixx, which is more edgy and sexy, these pieces incorporate chokers, black leather, grommets and spikes with Legos.
I love jewelry and I also love Legos, so I began making Lego jewelry just for myself. The retro and playful aspect of Legos is so appealing to me because I’m basically a big kid at heart. This is pure art to me, truly fulfilling and fun. I love being a Graphic designer and Photographer, but I am mostly making commercial art and design for clients, Miss Brixx is a passion project and very personal.
“Oh! I love Legos…Is that Legos?… When I was a kid, I used to love playing with Legos…That is so crazy…I’ve never seen anything like that…” are some of the things I hear everyday from people I come across that I don’t even know while wearing my Miss Brixx jewelry.
What makes Miss Brixx special is the literal joy it brings to random people and friends alike. Its an ice breaker and conversation piece for sure that is the takeaway and my message. Miss Brixx will spark a connection and trigger nostalgia in people and create good vibes wherever you wear it.
The simplicity and beauty of Legos themselves is what really drew me in; they have such a minimalist feel. Also, as a child of the 80s and 90s, I love the nostalgic feel of both Legos and old school pop culture, and that you can use one to create the other. Like my turntable and boombox pieces, with minimal pieces/shapes, you can tap into peoples’ memories and imaginations, and really pare down the design and it will still be recognizable.
The stereotype of a starving artist scares away many potentially talented artists from pursuing art – any advice or thoughts about how to deal with the financial concerns an aspiring artist might be concerned about?
Yes, the artist lifestyle inherently comes with risk and hardships…having said that, I like the idea of not having a backup plan because that is what you will end up doing.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can go to my website, Instagram, and Twitter as well as see and shop my pieces in person at four stores currently. Songbird Boutique in Long Beach, FOLD Gallery in DTLA, New Profanity on Melrose, and A Shop Called Quest in the Arts District in DTLA. My website is missbrixx.com, Instagram @miss.brixx Twitter @miss_brixx. You can order on my website or contact me on my socials and at firstname.lastname@example.org to order. I post most often on Instagram, so that’s the best place online to see my latest pieces.
Each of the four stores is curated to tailor to their specific customer base, so they each have a unique selection of Miss Brixx items.
- Website: www.missbrixx.com
- Phone: 714.310.0950
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: miss.brixx
- Twitter: miss_brixx