About Exquisite Corpse Boutique
In 2001, Alexander Draven submitted silver cast jewelry marketed toward the Gothic subculture to the Myers School of Art annual holiday sale. Over the next few years, he found success creating products across a wide range of genres for people of all ages. He began building what would become the Exquisite Corpse Boutique line, mixing classic favorites with new ideas, as well as branching out beyond jewelry.
In 2006, concerned by the creativity-stifling atmosphere he witnessed while taking a bench test for a leading jewelry company, Alexander decided to expand the Exquisite Corpse Boutique line independently. He has since nurtured The ExCB into a thriving, full-time business which is also a labor of love. Exquisite Corpse Boutique continues to enjoy healthy growth through word-of-mouth, events, and interviews.
EXQUISITE CORPSE ORIGINS
The game Exquisite Corpse was invented by Surrealists in 1925. Players write or draw in turn on a sheet of paper, fold it to conceal part of the writing/drawing, and then pass it to the next player to add their part. The name is derived from a phrase that resulted when the game was first played: "Le cadavre exquis boira le vin nouveau." ("The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine.") ~Wikipedia
About the Artist
Alexander Draven grew up in a small town outside Akron, Ohio. As a child, his favorite playgrounds were a butcher shop and a hospital, where the seed of fascination with mortality both sterile and raw was firmly planted in the fertile soil of his imagination. This distinct perspective was further influenced by decades of night terrors, both haunting and inspiring his artistic viewpoint. His body of work echoes shades of horror, macabre, Surrealism, fetish and Steampunk influence across an array of mediums, painstakingly teased from his darkly complicated yet playful psyche. Most noted for his Steampunk creations, Draven’s artwork and commissions span an impressive range of genres.
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