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Melissa Mortiis

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Mortiis.M extreme corsets and accessories

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About Melissa Mortiis

I design, sculpt/make/build jewellery, clothing and accessories. I make anything from nerdy, glamorous, cute, steampunk, bizarre & everything in-between.
During my college years, studying to be a games designer, I also had a secret interest in alternative fashion. Although being a games designer was everything I wanted to be, I couldn't help being interested in how clothes are made, how jewellery is formed and how your general day-to-day accessories were built. I began self-teaching myself at home after college and gradually learned how to build corsets. Wrapping that first handmade corset around my waist was a fantastic experience. The edges were all wonky, the hems had been cut and sewn over and over again, the metal was poking into me in all the wrong places - it was perfect. Obviously, it needed a LOT of tweaks to even make it resemble something you could possibly wear outside on-show, but it was my first corset and I loved it.
I then began picking up more experience, and in the end, wound up making corsets for my friends and their friends. It was terrifying at first, handing someone a corset meant for them which they'd been hoping to meet their expectations, making something and showing it to who wanted it before seeing it is literally like placing all your ability and all your talent on a table, for everyone to judge, laugh at or be inspired by. For me, the feeling of having everything you are able to do out there, to be judged, still intimidates me, even after years of doing this.
When the corsets I was making were good enough to sell I then began wondering how metal in jewellery is crafted, and so just like the birth of my corsets, I endeavoured into jewellery and accessories, and began showing photos of my work on my new FaceBook Page. Most things, barr all my corsets, are on http://www.facebook.com/mortiism. I began playing with metal, making 'warriorcrow!' necklaces, sculpting clay and making Hellboy horns, Half-Life jewellery with the handmade crowbar and lambda symbol, and my favourite- a little Abe head from Oddworld strung onto a necklace. Pretty much everything on the Page can be replicated and sold, which is what I do, until I can afford tools to build my new idea of a corset, which will be revealed at a later date. I also get by by working part-time as a fire alarm engineer. I seem to blow all my money on game and band t-shirts, my pet rats and Jelly Belly Jelly beans; it keeps me happy- you only live once!
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