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Meet a jeweler: Aurélie Guillaume

Meet a jeweler: Aurélie Guillaume

Today I have a post of visualization. I strongly believe, and my life has proven it already – when you want something – tell about it, write a story, take a note in a diary, put a picture, and one day life will surprise you with the precisement of its realization. So, with my weekly Friday presentation of a jewelry artist from Montreal I am also visualizing that one day I want to have something created by Aurélie Guillaume.

This post is absolutely in line with my recent story about jewelry by Picasso, because what I am going to show you is simply art.

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Aurélie Guillaume is a French-Canadian jeweller, enamellist and illustrator from Montréal. After completing her diploma at École de Joaillerie de Montréal, she went on to pursue her BFA at NSCAD University where she majored in jewellery design and metalsmithing. Upon graduating, her work was selected as the winner of L.A. Pai Gallery’s 12th National student jewellery competition in Canada and was shortlisted for the BKV Prize in Germany. Aurélie’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally throughout North America and Europe and has recently been acquired by the Enamel Arts Foundation in Los Angeles, California, as part of their permanent collection. She is now residing and working in Chicago at the Lillstreet Art Center as the artist in residence until the end of the summer 2017.

Mlle Guillaume (as she signs her works) creates beautiful enamel cartoon characters, that pretend to be brooches. When you look at them, your fantasy without any effort creates a colorful little world around each of them.

My work celebrates the history of enamelling and its longstanding tradition of storytelling dating back most notably to the Byzantine era, where enamelling was used to depict religious icons.  Using these traditional techniques, my work revives the medium through a contemporary context fuelled by street art, comics, pop art and counter culture. Employing a combination of jewellery techniques and illustration, my work mixes high and low art, while transporting viewers into a world more colourful and dreamlike than our own.

Through the process of enamelling, my illustrations transcend the two-dimensional realm of paper and are given new life in the physical world as wearable objects. With this work, I am reviving the traditions of enamelling, as well as bringing sculpture and illustration into the context of contemporary jewellery.

The sign of a high quality piece is always seen at its inner side – the inner part and threads of a coat, a bag, or, in our case, jewelry. Look at how adorable is the reverse side of Mlle Guillaume’s brooches!

In Montréal her jewelry is available at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h.

Now I tell you why I am visualizing these pieces and have not yet packed all my jewelry comodes with them – as a piece of art, they are deservedly expensive, around $3000-4000. One day!

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Informaton and photos from the site of Aurélie Guillaume

 

 

 

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