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Meet a jeweler: Catrie - Artiste Joaillière

Meet a jeweler: Catrie - Artiste Joaillière

Ensuing her studies in fine arts, Éliane-Catrie Blouin Achim turns her interests on jewelry. She completed her training at l’École de Joaillerie de Montréal, Quebec in 2009. Thereafter, she devoted herself mainly to jewelry design, but it is from 2012, with her series Projet B that her work stood out. As distinguished for their rough than their refined side, her contrasted creations were presented in several national and international shows and exhibitions such as Souk@Sat (Montreal), One of a Kind (Toronto) and Artistar Jewels exhibition (Milan), where she won the Best Goldsmith Award. Some of her works were also displayed at the Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec as part of the 40 year retrospective exhibition of l’École de Joaillerie de Montreal.

“From a very young age, the origin and the meaning of life compels me to questioning. By creating, I outline reality, which confirms my existence.To create sculpts my identity from which I can no longer dissociate.Inspired by the purity of nature and the energy of the city, every piece is conceived with strong contrasts, as raw and refined, than organic and structured. Since 2012, concrete became the main element of my work. Its infinite possibilities allow me genuine creative freedom. In the past 3 years , from coarse agglomerates , I proposed three different series of creations: Projet B (2012-2013), Projet B Explorations (2013-2014) and The convincing remains of a nearby past (2014-2015).”

I discovered Catrie a couple of years ago, when I got for myself this beautiful statement piece from Projet B Explorations. Since then I have been stopped plenty of times at the airport custom, asked to pass it again through the scan – I will wear it anyway! I like that urbanistic elegance! Despite its boldness it looks very fragile and convincing to me.

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Price range: earrings from $28, pendants and necklaces from $88, bracelets from $130

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