Reconnecting with Our Natural Environment
Being outside in environments like forests has always instilled in me a sense of wonder and curiosity. Taking the time to observe its patterns, textures and shapes gives me a sense of rootedness that can be challenging to find in a busy city life. Being an artistic child and having an inclination for sculpting, it’s no surprise that my favourite subjects were always animals and fauna.
After a corporate career in IT, I started craving that quiet simplicity again. Going back to working with my hands has made me realize that individual natural objects can be like talismans and act as reminders for us slow down. The connection we establish with them leaves a lasting impression that transfers to the relationships we have with people around us. They help us recognize what is important and gives us the confidence to put our best foot forward.
The wonders of nature is the inspiration for my pieces. The desire to keep nature’s mementos close at hand and capture that feeling is what drives me to instill that essence in to my pieces.
More about Andrée
- I’m very curious about all sorts of handmaking techniques. After 11 years working in web development, I went back to school full time and did the 3 year jewellery arts program at George Brown College.
- I love to travel and see the world on foot. So far my favourite walking holidays have been walking the Cotswold Way in England and hiking the Laugavegur trail in Iceland.
- I live downtown Toronto, Canada. I love the excitement of this city, things here are rarely boring but what I love even more is that it has beautiful nature trails accessible by transit.
- I was born in Québec city and speak both English and French.
- I have a diploma in computer graphics and B.A. in psychology and french studies.
- My dog Emma, a charming rescue, is wonderful company and loves to hang out in my studio while I’m working.
About the Jewellery
- Each pieces is designed by me. I use different techniques to create them such as hand fabrication, casting and 3D printing.
- As a general guide, my sterling silver and gold pieces are hand fabricated or cast from hand sculpted pieces and items made using metals like stainless steel or plastics are 3D printed.
- I create my own digital models for my 3D printed pieces.
- When possible, I use Argentium sterling silver as it is made from recycled materials. Argentium silver a type of sterling silver that has a higher percentage of fine silver.