Mashups of the styles of different eras can be difficult to pull off. In her line of jewelry, Pulpsushi, Marilyn Sushi has managed to completely modernize the old-fashioned chunky styles which might otherwise seem somewhat stuffy. Looking at some of her larger floral pieces, I am reminded of both my grandmother and 80’s girl bands. They are completely unexpected and incredibly enticing. Recently, Marilyn agreed to answer a few questions:

With your jewelry, you manage to incorporate both nostalgia and modernity. How did you land on this style? What are your inspirations?

I have some pretty crazy inspirations – people like Rob Zombie, Josh Agle (Shag), Tim Burton and John Waters.  All of them have a love and adoration to previous periods of time.  They take that and put their bizarre spin to whatever they do. That is what I orignally set out to do and cater to Punk and Rockabilly girls who look like 1940s & 50s pinups.  Turned out my customer base turned out to be much broader and I’m thankful for that.

How long have you lived in the Hudson Valley? Does your location have an effect on the way you work and your designs?

I grew up in NYC and lived there most of my life.  I first moved to Westchester in 2003.  I lived in Tarrytown for about 4 1/2 years.  My boyfriend’s parents live in Wappingers Falls and we would come up and stay at their house often.  We liked being in Dutchess more than in Westchester.  When our lease was up we decided to move two counties up and landed in Fishkill.  I still commute to Manhattan every day so that played a part in where we would end up.   I like being surrounded by great small towns with cute little cafes, galleries and boutiques.  There are so many artists and creative types in the Hudson Valley. A lot of history in area too which I did not care much for growing up, but as I get older I find myself looking back on earlier times (even from before I was born).  I think living here has put me in a nostalgic frame of mind which is translated through some of my pieces.

Do you sell in other venues than Etsy?

I have a shop on DaWanda which is the equivalent to Etsy except started in Germany and the currency is in Euros.   I will sell in person at the occassional craft fairs with the Hudson Valley Etsy Team and I sell at the Bust Magazine Craftaculars they have twice a year.  I also have merchandise at Simplicity in Poughkeepsie and at Cornell St Studios in Kingston.  I would love to find more local stores to sell my items in.

Can you walk me through a typical workday?

My workday is pretty depressing. I getat 6:00 am, take the Metro North at 7:28 to Grand Central, I work in an office doing Payroll for several Public Relations & Advertising companies from 9 am to 6 pm. I don’t get home until almost 8:00 pm where I eat dinner, freshen up, get my clothes ready for tomorrow, go on the computer for a bit then go to bed and do it all again the next day.  Unfortunately, the time i really get to sit down and make jewelry are on the weekends, some week nights if an idea hits me and it just can’t wait.  I try to be in bed by 11:30 pm.  I long for the day where my shop is my only job but as of now, it is my part-time 2nd job.  Although I do admit I do some Pulp Sushi business while at work – but it does not interfere with my workload.  Sometimes I will take a Vacation day from work just to stay home and work on my Pulp Sushi To Do list.

What are some of your favorite pieces?

This sounds cliche but I love all of my items.  I wear them all. If I find myself not crazy about an item, I take it apart and make something else.  Lately I’ve been working with a lot of Candy Jade and Fresh Water Pearls and  I just love how both feel on your skin.


How do you spend your off time?

I’m an obsessive blog reader but I also love to read books, stroll through town window shopping, checking out art galleries, dining out with my boyfriend, watch movies/documentaries and getting together with friends and drink lots of coffee.   Sometimes I just like to veg out on the couch and watch TV just because it’s a welcome distraction from the hundreds of ideas of To Do items that spin in my head.  I recently started to implement “No Computer” nights (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) where I do not go on the computer when I get home.  I would spend all day on a computer for work, then come home and sit at the computer doing my personal stuff, I would hardly talk to my boyfriend!

Check out Pulpsushi at Etsy or on Marilyn’s website.

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