AURÉLIE GUILLAUME

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FROM ILLUSTRATION TO JEWELLERY

Born in Montréal, Québec, in 1990. A French Canadian jeweler, enamelist and illustrator. 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.

SEE HER WORK

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.


 

 

 

 

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.Aurélie Guillaume