Arcane Angel produces both handcrafted items and prototypes designed for manufacture. Marina Smith is aided by her studio apprentice, Gabriel Olivadoti Smith to create this line of conceptual art. Freelance design work is also undertaken for projects related to mass market distribution.
Marina Smith – Artist: Halifax Nova Scotia
Marina has been an artist for over 30 years, achieving a fine
level of craftsmanship over this time period and embracing many
techniques. Her current work embodies a Victorian Retro-Futurism
that is whimsical, lovely and unique. She is one of a handful of artisans working in this genre using high quality materials like sterling filled pieces as opposed to base metals alone.
Each creation has a story to tell, all her works are one of a kind and unique. Using actual vintage mechanisms and time pieces dating anywhere from 1850 to 1940 adds a playful mechanical element to the designs, creating an air of illusion and magic. Inner gears and ornate script exposed to the eye reveal the workmanship of a bygone era. Pride was still taken in each handcrafted component.
Pressed pieces and antique components used are circa 1800 to 1945 and reconditioned . Sterling fill is done in the old style, giving the item a heavier silver surface than modern day counterparts making them far more durable.
Marina Smith is the Founder and Past President of the Jules Verne Phantasical
Society of Halifax. A Steampunk based club for fans of Victorian science fiction and esthetics