As part of the City of Montreal’s program La pratique artistique amateur : vers une citoyenneté culturelle dans les quartiers, the École de joaillerie de Montréal was able to welcome eight young adults from the art therapy workshops Les Impatients for two ten-week sessions. Under the theme of narrative jewellery, this project was carried out within the ÉJM’s workshops, allowing for an introduction to traditional and contemporary jewellery techniques, including lost wax, soldering, resin, and the integration of alternative materials. The creative process was initiated by a story invented by each participant, inviting them to express themselves on their personal journey. Jewellers Magali Thibault-Gobeil, Gabrielle Desmarais and Aurélie Guillaume led this fabulous workshop with great sensitivity.
We would like to thank the organization Les Impatients and the facilitators Mélissa Correia and Maude Robinson.
We would also like to thank Marie-Eve Courchesne, Commissioner of Culture of the City of Montreal.
These ” Narrative Jewellery ” workshops with Les Impatients have brought together two of my greatest passions: expression jewellery and human encounters. Magali, Aurélie and I were lucky enough to have two exceptional groups. The works created during these weekly workshops reflect the commitment and inspiration of these wonderful Impatients.
They were extremely hardworking, faced many technical challenges and knew how to name, accept and make the most of their own personal abilities.
I am sincerely grateful for this incredible opportunity to teach them and to have been able to be at the forefront of their learning and their impressive journey.
We hereby invite you to discover the creative path followed by each participant throughout the workshop, and to enjoy the virtual exhibition Le bijou narratif, une histoire inventée, which brings together the works produced during these two educational workshops on art jewellery.
CELINA LOPEZ HERRERA
From your eyes was born the Atlantic Ocean, your treasures are untraceable.
SABRINA DANINO PEILA
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
A mermaid gets wed: a shell gets offered as a way to communicate with her beloved father.
SANDRA PELLERIN GOSSELIN
Les cœurs d’or
When everything has been falling apart for too long, you have to look deep within yourself for the strength to fight and rise again and again. This struggle requires unwavering tenacity, continual perseverance and optimism. But nothing can replace the soothing and comforting feeling of being supported and understood by those you love. I thank all the people with hearts of gold who make an invaluable difference in my life.
Inspiration words: dream, hat, hope, light, survival, key, lion, chains, fire, writing
L’oiseau de bonheur
Since ancient times, oracles have sought to see destiny in the flight of birds. Have things changed that much? Today we still look up to these marvellously feathered beasts that herald good weather.
La main avec laquelle j’agis sur le monde
Flows onto my skin
Printed on it
Penetrates my flesh
And oozes in a thousand ways
Language in its infinite movement
Les pivoines ont enfanté dans le lac
With my eyes closed, I let myself be carried away by this delicate, sweet, sometimes lemony, sometimes floral fragrance. On the shores of Lake Retba, I saw them. They were hiding. Their cheeks had turned red, their eyes as well. Their tears had salted the pink lake and the blue sea. Each petal was a beautiful lady with purple and velvety skin. Ashamed of having loved too quickly too soon, they were looking at that round belly, locking themselves in their bodies awaiting release.
2017: My chest goes under the scalpel. A gifted surgeon creates a beautiful torso. I can now breathe without compression, roll out my shoulders and finally recognize my own reflection.
2018: Fierce pain is compromising my hand function and mobility. Art has always been my way of connecting with the world, and I don’t know how to pursue it in this state. My mental health is backflipping.
2019: The École de joaillerie de Montréal invites Les Impatients to take a few courses. What a privilege! I go there, and try to sculpt nipples to remind me of the post-mastectomy euphoria of 2017. I want to clear my mind and start creating again with my new physical skills. The wearable nipples you see here were born of that.
Le monde aquatique d’Indiago
It is dark and cold in the depths of the Arctic Ocean; so dark that one forgets what they see. The sea environment glows in a dark blue light. In the ocean, Indiago, a fearless adventurer, and Eva, his very powerful octopus harnessed to the hyper-luminous seat, are crisscrossing the sea in search of adventure.
Words: transparency, comfort, protection, colour, animal, compartments, depths
Visit the online exhibition here!