Jewellery designer, multidisciplinary artist
For the past 20 years, Anne-Marie Chagnon has created sculptural and expressive jewellery for women that, like her, distinguish themselves by their spirit of independence. Her collections inevitably lead to temptation and satisfy the weare's desires of self-expression and authenticity. This remarkably talented artist continues to surprise by her rich creativity.
Having studied Visual Arts at Université du Québec à Montréal, the jeweller possesses unique know-how combining a variety of artistic practices that find their expression in her works. Endowed witha richly abundant imagination, Anne-Marie Chagnon shapes materials by instinct while creatingcoherent works: chiselled pewter, sheer glass, luminous resin, sumptuous 22 carat gold, and magnificent copper take on their full meaning between her hands, primitive, sensual and joyfull. These materials almost seem invented for her.The shapes, sometimes raw, minimalist or playful, cleverly interlock with one another. And what can be said of the clever assembly of hand-drawn and handmade pieces that a mere gesture transforms from necklace into bracelet or earrings? A small revolution in itself!
To date, a number of prestigious creative institutions recognize the depth of her artistic approach and the quality of her know-how. Among them, Le Cirque du Soleil, for which she created jewellery for a decade, as well as many important museums around the world. The artistic quality of her work has earned her recognition from her peers and from important figures in the world of fashion and design, such as Jean-Claude Poitras and Iris Apfel. By placing the quest for authenticity at the heart of her work, she has created a distinctive signature that is both local and world-renowned.
Looking Back: 20 Years of Bejewelled History presents her very first pieces, her most recent collections, her own personal favourites, and some unique pieces. The artist will also present Take-Off, her first ever solo painting exhibit.
To create her pieces, Anne-Marie Chagnon uses a craftsman technique called “lost wax casting”: she sculpts and shapes all the different pieces in wax. As a result, all the pieces that go into her jewellery are exclusive, invented by the artist herself! It's as Anne-Marie Chagnon creates a new alphabet each year, and uses these brand new letters to form unique new words and phrases, the jewellery, which tell an original story, the collection.
After 20 years, Anne-Marie Chagnon's jewellery is still made in her Montreal studio by artisan jewellers and designers who demonstrate great attention to detail.