Showcasing her stunning work this Labour Day long weekend at Artfest Toronto, artisan, Marie-Eve, hand-crafts beautiful pieces of wearable art for her collection of silver and wood jewellery that you will surely want to check out.
"In my creations, the texture and patterns are ubiquitous. The shell of the sea urchin inspires emotions, feelings and memories. The unique impressions left by the shells symbolize a true story, a trip or an unforgettable moment. By tracing an object into precious materials such as gold or silver, it becomes a reminder of a story that you never want to forget.
At the start of production, I never know which shape or function the piece will have. The raw forms that result from the impressions are what inspire me to make this kind of jewellery. Rectangular forms allow for rich, expanding textures while circular shapes take us to new places. Every step of imprinting, molding, melting, cutting, welding, sanding, and polishing brings you pendants, rings, earrings, and bracelets—complete with the stamp of nature. ¬ Sterling silver provides brilliance, reminiscent of the reflections of water.
At times, I prematurely blacken the jewels to create depth as well as highlight the textures of the lace or marine elements. I choose to add sculpted wood from Québec and other regions to give color and vivacity to the creations. Soft Mother of Pearl is also sometimes added to the sterling silver, giving a touch of femininity and sophistication while fine nuggets of gold symbolize the wealth of forms in marine life."
Biography of Marie-Eve Bordeleau:
"From a young age, I had an interest in art and handicrafts. I started by making jewellery with embroidery thread, hemp thread as well as wood and glass beads. As time passed, I needed a challenge thus, I decided to continue my studies in the arts field. In 2006, I graduated from the l’École de Joaillerie de Québec (Quebec School of Jewellery).
I am the proud winner of the "Prize for Technical Evolution," and was awarded in all three years of my study. After a few 2010 business-training courses in Trois-Rivières, "Ready-to-wear Sculptures by Marie-Eve Bordeleau" was born. On a 2004 work/study adventure to British Columbia, Canada, I fell for the charm of the west coast nature. While in Tofino, on the upper west coast of Vancouver Island, I spotted it – the biggest sea urchin I had ever seen. I was so taken by this shell that it became the symbol of my trip. For me, this sea urchin represented pure moments of happiness, liberty and being in the present moment. I felt as though I had discovered a great treasure in such a simple object.
On the three-day bus ride home, the seashell broke. I was so sad that I decided to remake the sea urchin in precious metal. I was so impressed by the textured results that I made an entire collection. "For me, this collection represents a dream of travel, ambition, health, liberty, a fondness for simple things as well as a passion for nature and life."
Today, I love making limited edition, contemporary jewellery in varying series. The collection ranges from rings for men and women, brooches, and pendants to necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I choose top sterling silver, gold, as well as exotic wood from woodworking workshops. The gentle textures and visuals left by the imprint of sea urchin shells make each piece 100% unique and nature surprises us with beauty every time. I design and draw my models, cut, sculpt, sand the wood, melt, and even weld the metal. I maintain the machinery; manage the advertising; do the graphic design; complete the accounting; and last but not least, I represent my own jewellery."