How did you discover Second Life?
I was watching an episode of CSI that was about a killer in SL .. lol ..and went to check it out…… i havent logged off since.
How did you start designing ?
Well..its a strange story… goes like this: I used to own clubs in SL, big clubs that were very successful. When we had to close my last club down suddenly due to real life problems that my business partner was having at the time, I was left with many unemployed dancers. These were people that had been with me for years — loyal, hardworking, people, many good friends — and I felt terrible about it. They had no warning that we were closing; none of us did. So, I decided I was going to open some kind of business that I could share with them to help them make money. I got to work immediately, and in two weeks’ time, I had about 5 or 6 collections of jewelry done. Thus, the birth of Chop Zuey Couture Jewellery. I made it a franchise and gave it out to all my loyal and wonderful dancers who wanted to be part of it. Most of them are still with me today working and making great money with Chop Zuey. I have since opened the franchise up to anyone in SL, and it’s been a great experience.
How did you come up with your brand name?
Its the name of my little doggie… we call her the Chop Zuey Princess.
What is your favorite creation you’ve made?
omg.. impossible to name..but I will tell you that my last release of the Animal Speaks Collection was a great challenge of which I am very proud. I spent months working on it, studying the qualities and purpose of each animal.. its a subject close to my heart and it was very inspiring to work on it. Also a portion of the proceeds of that collection goes to the National Wildlife Federation
How would you describe your style and how do you get inspired to create your designs?
I would describe my style as classic and edgy at the same time and very ‘relatable’. I feel like People connect with my designs when they see them. As far as inspiration – that can really come from anywhere.. I am a RL Opera Singer by profession, So I think I mostly get inspired by the classics.. music, literature, Poetry, Art.. I love them all and always feel ready to work after being involved somehow with them.
What do you believe is the key to being a successful designer in SL?
Relationships and giving to others has been the key to my success in SL and also RL.
What are your future goals as a designer in SL?
To clear my schedule so I can have more time just to design!!!
Who are your favorite RL and SL designers?
hmm..thats hard..I dont really bother with what other people are doing…I just do what I feel I am called to do. And try to always do what makes me happy.
What are your favorite activities in SL in your free time?
I have no free time in SL
Are you wearing one of your creations today?
yes, I”m wearing the Shaman Royalty Set from The Animal Speaks Collection.
Lets have a look at just a few of the amazing pieces from the new Animal Speaks Collection.
This truly stunning set starts with a beautifully crafted black widow spider that sits delicately on your shoulder. Beautiful dangle earrings adorn the ears as the inricate silver and black fan webs along your body to create the illusion that the widows home hasnt strayed very far. WOW
The *web* fan is so intricate made of shimmering jewels . Matching bracelets finish this stellar set showing us just how much time.. creativity and love.. went into creating it.
Lets have a look at one more breathtaking set. Octopussy , shown here in Black.
This set is just so beautiful. From the fringed lower piece of the necklace that brings to the air the feel of the octopus’s *legs* to the gorgeous choker embellished with opalescent moon stones (also crafted upon the matching earrings) that lead us right up to the scene stealing crafted Octopus herself. One can see why Belle Roussel has certainly found her love for this collection. There are many more pieces in the Animal Speaks Collection from Chop Zuey and trust us.. You will want to own them all in every color.
Belle’s jeweled art will be showcased in this weekends Opium Tales- The Haunted Mansion. Make sure you come to see more of these bewitching designs and then run to her store, and purchase some for your own SL jewelry armoire.
Thank you Belle for speaking with us today, We cannot wait to see what comes next from your vividly creative mind! Stay Tuned!
Please take some time to visit Chop Zuey there is SO much to fall in love with.. and collect!
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