Fine Contemporary Jewellery, Handmade in Montreal
We're pleased to announced that I was selected as one of two finalists in this year's competition to design the Prix de Québec medal - which annually recognizes Quebec's finest scientific and cultural achievers.
My design, along with that of the competition's winner, Catherine Villeneuve, and that of the other finalist, Pierre Yves Paquette, is on display at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec until December 3, 2017 as part of the exhibit Les Prix du Québec, 40 ans d’excellence en culture et en science.
Big congratulations to Catherine! and to Pierre-Yves! Both are wonderful jewellers who, it turns out, taught me at jewellery school.
If you're in Quebec City this fall, be sure to see the exhibit.
Why I believe in the artisanal process
I believe that when you buy something handmade by a local artist or artisan, you are promoting a sustainable way of life and enriching your own with an object that has meaning.
My art and jewellery making are a big part of who I am, and therefore reflect the same values I strive to live by. The earth matters to me. I live a frugal life, eat organic and local food as much as possible; I wear my clothes until they fall apart, or get them fixed; I hoard and reuse all kinds of things that would normally be thrown away, much to the chagrin of my beloved wife…
Despite this, I work with metals and stones that were extracted from the earth far from where I live, the extraction process making a huge mess no doubt. 120 years ago I would have headed to the Yukon and found my own gold to work with, and someday I might just do that, but in the meantime I use recycled silver and gold, I source ethically mined gems whenever I can, and, given the option, I ride my bike instead of using the car. In short, I try to be conscious of my environmental impact, and of what my actions promote.