Like every year, we all work very hard to organize an exhibition of the works of the future graduates of our school, who followed a college training in Techniques des métiers d’art – option Joaillerie, offered in collaboration with the Cégep du Vieux Montréal. This year, 13 graduates will exhibit the fruit of their apprenticeship at the Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, from Tuesday, May 31 to Sunday, June 5, 2022.
Despite a rather atypical path due to the health situation, none of the graduates have given up their passion for jewelry. Over the last few weeks and the next few to come, the students are working on the design of their final projects applying the multiple set Their final projects will allow them to put into practice what they have learned and above all to develop their own style and creative processes.
However, they will have to be patient before they can attend the final exhibition. Here is a short presentation of our graduates along with a little teaser of what is to come very soon, to satisfy your curiosity.
“I am French of Guadeloupean origin. When I left my country, I wanted to change my career and I saw that it was possible to follow an academic training in jewelry, which would later help me develop my business and my professional network. So I started in jewelry. In everyday life, I love everything that is aesthetic: art, decoration, jewelry, tableware. I like to imagine, to stroll in the city and to be inspired by fashion, to transpose my interests and ambitions in a jewel that I see as a second skin for the person wearing my piece.”.
“As I learn more and more academically and professionally, I realize more and more that my artistic approach is influenced by my origins and my life path. This explains why my creations are inspired by the traditional jewelry of Egypt. What attracts me to this profession is the memory of the gesture that is imprinted in our hands and that we acquire with time and experience. It is an aesthetic way of transmitting a heritage and making an idea timeless.”.
“Having an academic background in the arts for many years (fine arts and university), jewelry is for me the realization of a childhood dream. I find in this profession a way to concretize my desires to work with fire and metal, to give shape and life to jewelry desires. My multi-disciplinary work is mainly rooted in esotericism, spirituality and symbolism, and jewelry lends itself perfectly to this expression of my artistic work. Indeed, the profession of jeweler embodies a mysterious, fascinating, inexhaustible and technical side which animates my desire to create”.
“I started training in applied arts quite early in my academic career, because I always wanted to create and make a living from it. At first, I oriented myself towards graphic arts. I dreamed of doing illustration, but I finally felt a lack. So I decided to learn jewelry making, a more manual profession where I would have to use my technique. My favorite part of designing jewelry is exploring the relationship with the body and movement. I continue to develop my graphic universe with metal. I want my style to be unique and recognizable”.
“I am a positive person who likes to spread happiness to those around me. For me, jewelry is a way to offer a part of myself and to express myself through my art. I like to create pieces with sharp shapes out of the norm, inspired by an oriental or Japanese style”.
“I am passionate about art, design and architecture. I left my native my native country, New Caledonia to learn and study various art forms (graphic design, ceramics, tattooing and jewelry). I am still eager to learn new artistic expressions, as this is what nourishes me. My artistic reflection is articulated around my origins, my artistic culture and design. Each piece has to be thought of beforehand through a concept or a story that I want to put forward. However, even if initially I know which direction to go in, when I start a piece of jewelry, I like to keep a part of spontaneity, because this one transforms with the wire of my account”.
“Since I was a little girl, I have been passionate about stones and jewelry. I also have great interests in fashion, architecture and geek culture. Being a jewelry artist allows me to create and imbue my passions through my jewelry. I like to make rather architectural and modern pieces but for my final project, I chose to go in a style mixing “Steampunk” and Art Nouveau in order to challenge myself against my habits”.
“Born in Montreal, I have found a passion in which I continue to grow: jewelry. That’s why I invest the vast majority of my time in it. I would like to travel after my studies and see the world, and eventually start my own business. My inspiration for making jewelry comes from geometric shapes, popular culture, video games and the cultural imagery of many countries and nations like Quebec and Japan”.
“I am a curious person who is constantly seeking to improve my knowledge. Thirsty for new challenges, I aspire to learn and discover new techniques at the bench while developing my own style. I would define myself as someone who pushes her limits by always going further and getting out of my comfort zone. Being in action every day, jewelry allows me to express my personality and my aspirations through my creations”.
“I love nature, literature and art nouveau architecture. Most often when I create, I transpose observed forms or elements into jewelry (for example, leaves, various fruits, animals, branches, etc.) which I carve in wax or saw in a silver plate and then assemble in a frame. When I create, I most often try to make pieces that reflect my interest in nature and allow the wearer to have a little piece of my world with them. I aim to print something that I have found beautiful or interesting in the material, not necessarily to make a reproduction of it, but rather to keep it as a souvenir”.
“I love contemporary art in general. I enjoy incorporating different gems into my work and I try to use unusual colors, shapes and chromatic harmonies in order to stand out. In my most recent work, I exploit a lot of graffiti which I know well and have explored a lot in visual art. I realize that there is a lot to do in jewelry too around and with this theme! My goal is to transpose urban art to the world of fine jewelry. I try to be versatile, to always learn and to be daring in my risk taking…I like to challenge myself”!
Maria Teresa Parra Belandria
“Since my childhood, I loved manual work. I learned to crochet with my grandmother, to sew and to make many handicrafts with my mother who had excellent dexterity and unlimited creativity. Later on, I also took courses in sculpture and jewelry making in Venezuela, before moving to Montreal. Several years later, I decided to study at the Cégep du vieux Montréal in collaboration with the École de joaillerie de Montréal to deepen my knowledge of this ancestral craft. I learned to combine techniques to creatively express the spirituality that is within me”.
“I am passionate about European culture and archaeology, decorative arts, reading and photography. When I have free time, I will walk around the city to contemplate residential buildings and reflect on my projects by taking reference photos. I value slow art/slow made, freedom in all its senses, the pursuit of knowledge and eco-responsible living. For me it is essential to feel part of a community of artists and artisans and to live a life filled with inspiration, reflection and support. Jewelry is an art to be worn, therefore the most intimate of the arts”.
Photo credits :
Courtesy of the students.