Make or DIY artist profile/Exquisite Corpse Boutique



by Brandi McElhatten

Hey there! Welcome to the first Handmade Heartbeat, our ongoing series that will highlight our, and hopefully your, favorite handmade artists. 

Alexander Draven of Exquisite Corpse BoutiqueToday I want to introduce you to Alexander Draven of Exquisite Corpse Boutique. I first met Alex when I was a vendor at Akron’s Crafty Mart. I was really drawn to his handmade jewelry and clocks/watches that celebrated all things geeky and macabre.

Exquisite Corpse Boutique's Eye necklace.

I recently saw this bad boy on Instagram and was really pretty excited about it. My initial thoughts were that it was supposed to be an Evil Eye talisman. I contacted Alexander and asked him to fill me in on one of his newest works.

First, what inspired your necklace? 

I was looking through old sketchbooks around Christmas time for a bit of inspiration and came across an old sketch from 2003. The same page with the very first Corset Ring & Nail Ring had a rough pencil doodle for the eye pendant. I don’t remember the thought behind it, but I’m guessing it had something to do with the fact that Lord of the Rings had just come out and I wanted a Sauron pendant. It wasn’t until March when I remembered the design again when I was playing with some new settings & stones in the studio. There was a lot of great stuff in those sketchbooks so look forward to more beauties soon.

 Is there anything special about it readers should know?

Like most of my Artwork, jewelry & timepieces I like to let the viewer/owner attach meaning and sentiment to what I created. I could (and do) have meaning and purpose behind my work but once it leaves my studio everyone that sees what I’ve done will embed themselves onto the piece. When I see one of my clients at a show or on the street they always tell me how much they love their item and what it means to them. That really means a lot to me.

What are the specs of the necklace? 

The stone/eyes are 12mm and the over all piece is 19mm (about 3/4″). All sterling silver & comes with a 16″ chain. It’s priced at $40.

What notable shows are you doing this Summer? 

There are a lot of great shows I’m lucky to be a part of this summer. Crafty Mart & CLE Bazaar are having reoccurring shows, and I am also doing a few wine events for the first time which will be pretty interesting. I have one free weekend in July (for vacation) and I have filled my schedule up to ensure I’ll never sleep again! I update my website ( with upcoming shows so check back often. I am currently getting ready for Chicago’s C2E2 happening April 24-26 and right after that I will be part of Crafty Mart’s pop-up shop with the Akron Art Walk as well as Oddmall the weekend of May 2nd & 3rd.

Be sure to follow Alex on Instagram and on Facebook to keep up to date on his future projects.

Until next time. . .Make or DIY!

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