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Established in 1996, Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h exhibits outstanding collections of contemporary jewellery and objects created by canadian and international artists. The only gallery in canada dedicated specifically to contemporary jewellery, it has presented over 90 exhibitions in its space, which is considered to be one of the largest in the world. This internationally acclaimed gallery is a must for collectors, museum curators and anyone who wants to discover and become acquainted with art jewellery. With its wide range of collections and exhibitions, the gallery encourages visitors to see jewellery in a new light. Much more than simple decorative objects, contemporary jewellery is created as a result of research and reflection relating to form and content as well as experimentation.


1979 | Montreal, Canada

SILVIE ALTSCHULER

Blue Bird, 2015 Brooch_ 22kt gold, silicone

After staging a coup d’état and threatening to quit university two weeks before graduation, Silvie Altschuler managed to secure a B.A. in literature. Then, following a sudden impulse, she flew off to Italy to hone her flair for Art. She landed at Alchimia in Florence. There, under the tutelage of the legendary Manfred Bischoff, she finally found her niche. Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h hosted her first solo exhibition in 2008. In 2016, her work was part of the exhibition A Tribute

to Manfred Bischoff (1947-2015) who had been her teacher, guide and mentor until he passed away. Silvie’s work is extremely spontaneous. She is insistent on letting it speak for itself. Ever since her drama days in England, she distrusts words, calling them “ safety wheels ” for cowards.


Born in Poland, Ela Bauer grew up in Israel. After completing her studies at the University of Jerusalem, she went to study jewelry at a vocational school. In 1990 she entered the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands. Graduated in 1995, she still lives and works in Amsterdam. Ela took part in many international individual and collective exhibition. Her work is include in museums collections : Museum of Art and Design, NY, USA, Grassi Museum, Leipzig, Germany, Pinakothek der Moderne, Dänner Collection, Munich, Germany,

Hiko Mizuno Collection, Tokyo, Japan, Textile Museum, Tilburg, The Netherlands. Inspired by the internal and external aspects of the human form, Ela Bauer works with silicone rubber since its tactile quality, plasticity and color possibilities all lend themselves to her artistic intention.

Founded in 2013 | Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Transient Space, founded in 2013 Yung-Huei Chao Brooch_ Recycled material, stainless steel, wire

Bench 886

1960 | Warsaw, Poland

ELA BAUER

Untitled, 2015 Necklace_ plastic, silicone

Bench 886 is a group of 10 Taiwan-based jewellery artists. The name Bench 886 comes from the elements of their background. The Bench is the workspace where jewellers feel most confident and familiar with ; while 886, the international dialing code of Taïwan, is the land that nourishes their creative potentials and aesthetics. They expect to connect the world through their work and aiming their jewellery to be acknowledged, impressed and appreciated.

Yung-Huei Chao, Ying-Hsiu Chen, Mei-Fang Chiang, Han-Chieh Chuang, Ying-Hsun Hsu, Heng Lee, Rainey Yu-Ping Lin, Shih-Dea Tseng, Cai-Xuan Wu, Wen-Miao Yeh.


Jamie Bennett lives in Stone Ridge, New York, where he is Professor Emeritus in the Art Department of the State University of New York at New Paltz. From 2008 to 2010, his work was the subject of a museum retrospective that travelled throughout the United States. His jewellery is featured in the collections of over 25 museums worldwide. In 2009, he was honoured by the American Crafts Council as an Eileen Webb Fellow, and in 2011, was awarded his third fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts. He

strongly believes that in the “ mediation ” of nature there exists a potential for transcendence. In his most recent work, one finds careful, minutely detailed renderings of what could be living motifs, but, paradoxically, are artificial and fragmented into unlikely abstracted topographies.

1984 | Detroit, United States

Novus Cellulae, 2016 Necklace_ Sterling silver, pearls, porcelain

ELIZABETH BOYD HARTMANN

1948 | Pennsylvania, United States

JAMIE BENNETT

Lumina Brooch, 2014 Brooch_ Enamel, gold

Elizabeth Boyd Hartmann is a contemporary jewellery artist from Detroit, Michigan. Her studio practice is rooted in process and material exploration. Her recent work, “ Cellula Praecursoria ”, incorporates slip-cast porcelain and electroformed copper. The work is biological, informed by cells, malignancies and the experience of caring for her husband during his cancer treatment and subsequent stem-cell transplant. She has a BA in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martins, London, England ; a BFA from the University of

Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design ; and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Elizabeth has a studio in Metro Detroit and continues to exhibit both locally and internationally.


After a 15-year career in finance and banking, she felt an urge to express herself in a different way and decided to retrain academically. She obtained an HND in jewellery in 2008 and a Research MA in 2010, both from the Sir John Cass Department of Art, Media and Design (London Metropolitan University). She believes jewellery is the most powerful, yet underrated, means of communicating visually between people. Silicone rubber is a fascinating material for jewellery and, when appropriately worked,

lures viewers into mistaking it for ceramic, plaster or plastic. They are drawn into grabbing and touching the pieces only to realise it is not what they initially thought it was. My work is rooted into the most traditional heritage through the use of iconic pieces of classic jewellery (stones, cameos, pearls, animals...). Their original combination and arrangement further enhances the contrast with the unexpected material, as does the white colour, as if the pieces had been washed out and brought back to their very essence.

1968 | London, Great Britain

Each Other, 2014 Vessel_ Vitreous enamel on steel

HELEN CARNAC

1965 | Tonnerre, France | lives in London, Great Britain

ISABELLE BUSNEL

Untitled, 2015-2016 Brooches_ Silicone, magnet

Helen Carnac is an artist, maker, and curator who lives and works in London, where she set up her studio in the early 1990s. She originates projects using design methodologies rooted in an acute awareness of physical location, place and working practices. She works extensively in the United Kingdom and the United States. Her recent projects include “ Walking/Talking/ Making ” (UK, 2010) ; “ Marking Place ” (Sint Lucas, Antwerp, 2011) ; “ Intelligent Trouble ”

(The Institute of Making, Kings College London, 2011); “The Tool at Hand” (Milwaukee Art Museum and touring, 2011/12) ; ” Drawing, Permanence and Place ” (Kunstverein, Coburg and touring, 2012) ; “ Side by Side ” (Siobhan Davies Dance, London, UK, 2012) and most recently “ Edge and Shore ” (2015) Dovecot, Edinburgh, and Arnolfini, Bristol. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her work can be found in national and international collections.


Marie-Eve G. Castonguay holds a diploma from the École de joaillerie de Québec and a BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University. Her work has been showcased in Canada and abroad. She has received honours and support from Harbourfront Centre, Autor and Joya Art Jewellery Fairs, Craft Ontario and the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Inspired by themes of intimacy, her work explores our relationship with gardens. She creates wearable gardens in which laser cut

paper tabs are positioned randomly, recalling the movement of plants being blown by the wind. With rigid structures mimicking the various zones of a garden, she creates enclosed spaces in which all things possible may happen. Using the categorization and organization principles of garden design, she turns disorder into order, unconsciousness into consciousness and spontaneity into arrangement and calculation. Her pieces are like small-scale gardens in which one can find comfort or get lost.

1972 | Vancouver, Canada

Soft Knot With Sout, Washed Ashor. with Love Series, 2016 Pendant_ Sterling silver, pearls, rope, plastic, ribbon

Bridget Catchpole

1988 | Quebec, Canada

MARIE-EVE G. CASTONGUAY

The Slanted Garden, 2016 Brooch_ sterling silver, paper, cotton, pigments

Bridget lives in Vancouver, Canada. She received her jewellery training at the Vancouver Jewellery Art and Design Program and has a BFA in Studio Art at Concordia University, Montreal. From empty beauty product packaging to plastic remnants collected along the Pacific Northwest Coast, she incorporates castoff materials affording them equal value to traditional gemstones. Currently, her work looks at patterns of plastic waste from throwaway culture and how it has become a pervasive presence

in the natural environment. These self-harvested materials become a departure point for broader topics, tracing back to a partiality involving worth and waste, blurring notions of what is precious, valuable and lasting. “ I seek the inimitable. Weathered. Cast aside. High on the tide line are the gems I collect. Simultaneously thrilled and saddened by what I find. Liberated from the churning ocean and sun’s harsh rays, remnants of manufactured debris become my objet trouvé. My impetus for creation. ”


At the age of 19, Matthieu Cheminée moved to Taos, New Mexico, where he developed a fascination with Native American jewellery. Over a period of seven years, he studied Navajo, Zuni and Hopi techniques. He then moved to Mali, West Africa, to study the techniques of Fulani, Bambara and Touareg jewellers. Cheminée has lived in Montreal for 17 years. On arrival, he enrolled in a jewellery school to obtain a more classical training. For the past 15 years, he has taught and led

workshops in addition to travelling regularly to West Africa to continue his research. His book Legacy : Jewellery Techniques of West Africa presents the techniques and biographies of a number of remarkable craftspeople. In 2014, with Tim McCreight, he created the Toolbox Initiative, an organization to aid West African jewellers.

1965 | Newburgh, NY, United States

Untitled, 2015 Bracelet_ Steel, plastic-dip

DONNA D’AQUINO

1970 | Paris, France

Matthieu Cheminée

Untitled, 2015 Bracelet_ Sterling silver, 18k gold, diamonds

Donna D’Aquino received her BS in Design from The State University College of New York at Buffalo in 1989; and her MFA from Kent State University in 2000. She has taught at Kent State University, The Mary Schiller Myers School of Art at the University of Akron and The University of Toledo; all in Ohio. In 2003, D’Aquino focused on being a studio metalsmith. Using a variety of metals, materials and styles, her work is primarily inspired by drawing and architecture and received an outstanding media coverage.

She has won numerous awards including an individual Ohio Arts Council Grant and an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the American Craft Council. In 2007 she was selected for the traveling show and the book that accompanied the “ Craft in America, Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects ”, series done for PBS. Her work is included in the permanent collection of The Charles A. Wustum Museum in Racine, Wisconsin and of the Museum for Contemporary Crafts in Portland, Oregon.


Untitled, 2008 broches_ Sterling silver, gold, steel

Following her apprenticeship as a goldsmith in Neugablonz, from 1987 to 1993 Bettina Dittlman studied with Professors Hermann Jünger and Otto Künzli at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. From 1989 to 1991, she studied at SUNY/New Paltz, under Jamie Bennett and J. Fred Woell. Her works have been presented in solo and group shows in Europe and North America, and have been acquired by a number of museum collections. Michael Jank studied design in Munich and engraving and photography

at the State University of Oregon. His work has been exhibited frequently. Bettina Dittlman and Michael Jank have collaborated on the Foreverrings collection since 1998. “Bettina Dittlmann and Michael Jank forge rings. Unpolished, archaic and monumental. The technique is timeless, the surface structure arising solely out of the actual process of making”.

1960 | Oil City, United States

SANDRA ENTERLINE

1972 | Mühldorf, Germany 1964 | Passau, Germany

BETTINA DITTLMANN & MICHAEL JANK

Foreverrings, since 1998 Rings pure silver, pure gold, pure iron, pure copper

Sandra Enterline graduated from the Jewelry and Metalsmithing Program of the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1980. She went on to earn a BFA in Metalsmithing from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1983. She lectures on her craft and conducts metalsmithing workshops. Enterline’s award-winning work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions worldwide. Her many honours include two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1988 & 1992); the Gold Award, “Ornament

Magazine, Excellence in Jewellery Winner”; Smithsonian Institution Craft Show (2005); Grand Prize Winner, “Crocker Kingsley 73rd Exhibition,” curated by Gladys Nilsson, Crocker Art Museum; and a nomination for the National Design Awards, Smithsonian, Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum (2003). Her pieces can be found in national and international museum collections.


Aurélie Guillaume is a French-Canadian jeweller, enamellist and illustrator currently living and working in Chicago. 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. Her 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. Aurélie’s work celebrates the history of enamelling and its longstanding tradition of storytelling. Using traditional techniques, she is reviving the medium through a contemporary context fuelled by street art, comics, pop art and counterculture. Through the process of enamelling, her work mixes high and low art, while transporting viewers into a world more colourful and dreamlike than our own.

1972 | Mainz, Germany

One and a half II, 2015 Brooch + Object_ Earthenware, silver, steel

GÉSINE HACKENBERG

1990 | Montreal, Canada

AURÉLIE GUILLAUME

Théodule Pillule, 2016 Brooch_ Enamel on copper, sterling silver, fine silver, pure gold, powder coating, stainless steel

Gésine Hackenberg lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She trained as a goldsmith in Germany and studied jewellery design at the former Fachhochschule für Gestaltung Pforzheim. In 2001, she received her degree from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, in Amsterdam, and in 2013, her Master of Arts from the MAD-Faculty in Hasselt, Belgium, where she is currently a professor. Since 2008, she has taught technical metalsmithing at the VakschoolEdelsmeden in Amsterdam. She has been the recipient

of three grants from The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design, and Architecture, as well as other awards, including the Scholarship for Modern Silver from the Stokroos Foundation, in 2010. Her work is published in numerous international publications and belongs to several museum collections.


Rebecca Hannon completed her undergraduate degree at Rhode Island School of Design in 1995 and went on to work as a professional goldsmith in New York City. After a thorough professional education she decided to focus solely on her practice and enrolled in the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Munich, Germany, where she studied under Otto Künzli. Subsequently, she taught, and with support from a Fulbright grant, was a member of a professional jewellery collective in Munich, from

2000 to 2005. She now maintains her own workshop, participates in international exhibitions and teaches full-time at NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her recent collection Contemporary Camouflage has been featured in premiere at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h in September 2016.

1961 | Leiden, The Netherlands

Hexa Basket, 2016 Object_ Ceramics, nylon, sterling silver

PETER HOOGEBOOM

1973 | Washington DC, United States

REBECCA HANNON

Tapered Crown of Thorns, 2016 Necklace_ Laminate

Peter Hoogeboom is a graduate of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, in Amsterdam, where he still lives and works. The first jewellery artist to apply contemporary techniques to porcelain, his work has been shown in a number of international exhibitions and can be found in numerous private and museum collections. According to Hoogeboom, “ we have been using clay to adorn ourselves since the dawn of humanity. ” In his work, he strives to

reintroduce the concept of clay as body ornament ; he uses it in its fired state, which in contemporary design is generally reserved for the production of ceramic vessels. Instead of working with large ceramic beads — the way clay has traditionally been used — in each new collection since 1995 he has discovered techniques for creating supple and wearable ceramics.


Heejoo Kim obtained her BFA and MFA degrees from Kookmin University, Seoul. In 2008, she spent a semester at Pforzheim University, Germany, which she found to be a defining experience. At Le Arte Orafe School and Academy, in Florence, she was the recipient of a First Prize, the 2011 Preziosa Young. She was also one of the 2014 finalists for the Art Jewelry Award, which is conferred on emerging artists. She has participated in numerous international exhibitions, and her works are to be found

in several private and museum collections. Heejoo Kim feels a deep connection to her electroforming process, describing the wax object in the bath accumulating its metal layers as “ life creation ” — the passage of time represented in the thickness of piled layers, birthing works with a powerful, eternal vitality.

1982 | Seoul, South Korea

In Light of Space II, 2016 Bracelets_ Hook-and-loop fastener, thread

YONG JOO KIM

1983 | Seoul, South Korea

HEEJOO KIM

Tactile Void Series, 2016 Brooch_ Enamelled copper

A native of Seoul, Korea, Yong Joo Kim graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing, in 2009. Most recently, she won the prestigious SAC Artist Award from the Society of Arts and Crafts. In 2013, her work was selected for TALENTE, an international competition in Munich, Germany. In 2011, she received the Adrianna Farrelli Prize for Excellence in Fiber Art from the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, and in 2012, the NICHE award in the category “ Jewelry :

Sculpture to Wear ”. She was recently invited to speak at the SNAG Boston Conference as an Early Career Artist and at SOFA Chicago as a 2013 SNAG Emerging Artist. Her work has shown at galleries and museums worldwide. In 2016 her work was selected for exhibitions at the Sook Myung Women’s University Museum, South Korea, Bavarian National Museum, Germany and the Musée des arts décoratifs de Paris, France, all in 2016.


Petra Luz began her career in 1988 in her native Switzerland. During a four-year apprenticeship, she learned a variety of jewellery-making techniques and studied gemstones, metals and design. After her training, she worked in small studios, perfecting her craft. One of these jobs led her to Montreal, where she decided to make her home. She then began to produce her own jewellery. Most of her pieces are unique, made of precious metals, with the occasional addition of gemstones. Her

openness to and awareness of daily events provide inspiration, which she translates into minimalist and abstract jewellery.

1967 | Toronto, Canada

Flora Series : Spray, 2015 Brooch_ Sterling silver, 3D printed nylon

PAUL McCLURE

1968 | Liestal, Switzerland

PETRA LUZ

The Great White North Series, 2015 Necklace_ Sterling silver, aquamarines

Paul McClure received his training at NSCAD University, Halifax (BFA, 1989) ; the Escola Massana, Barcelona ; and the National College of Art and Design, Dublin (MA, 1999). His work is represented in private and public collections in Europe and North America. In 2015, McClure received the Saidye Bronfman Prize, a Governor General’s Award, the highest distinction given to a Canadian visual artist.

McClure’s work is sculptural, with ornamentation of the body and jewellery’s relationship to it as his central themes. Inspired by the fields of biology, pathology and genetics, as well as anatomical, microscopic and digital imaging of the human body, his work reflects our increasingly digital and biotechnological understanding of mortality. In wearing his jewellery, the invisible body becomes visible adornment.


Pierre-Yves Paquette received his training at the École de joaillerie de Montréal, where he learned the foundations of his craft from some of Montreal’s finest jewellers. He graduated with honours in 2000 and now teaches at ÉJM. Paquette’s technical skill and artistry bring his unique, elegant creations to life. His singular style is rooted in the ancient Japanese technique of mokume gane, and features strong lines that are both simple and complex. Each object is fashioned by

drawing upon a concept, an idea, and each piece is an expression of artistic form in relation to the body. Paquette has received many honours, including a 2012 NICHE Award. He has also had the privilege of designing the 2010 medal for the prestigious Prix du Québec. He took part in many exhibitions in Canada and in United States.

1981 | Seattle, WA, United States

Untitled, 2012 Necklace_ leather, silver, aluminum, stainless steel

Seth Papac

1976 | Sherbrooke, Canada

PIERRE-YVES PAQUETTE

Necklace, 2016 Necklace_ 18kt gold, sterling silver, quartz with pyrite inclusions, onyx, rose cut diamonds

Seth Papac received his bfa in jewelry/metalsmithing from the University of Washington and his MFA in jewelry/metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Seth’s work is exhibited and published internationally and he is the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, a Peter S. Reed Foundation NY, NY grant as well as the Tobey Devan Lewis Fellowship. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Cranbrook Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Craft, and the Rotasa

Foundation. Along with creating one-ofa-kind art jewelry work for gallery presentations, he owns and operates a limited production jewelry company, Seth Papac Jewelry, which produces distinct fashion and fine jewelry for men and women. His teaching experience includes a full-time lecturer position at San Diego State University, adjunct teaching at the University of Oregon, and as a visiting artist/critic at various institutions such as Cranbrook Academy of Art and Rhode Island School of Design.


Uli Rapp (1974) received her Masters degree in jewelry design at the prestigious Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam. Fascinated by the Elizabethan splendour in dress decoration she translates it into wearable contemporary jewelry. Her collections have developed rapidly in a sophisticated style and use of smart materials - she invented a technique to apply medical plastic between textile. Uli’s necklaces, brooches and earrings interpret a love for antique gemstones and pearls contrasting with chunky chains. All

pieces are skilfully handmade in screen print on light weight soft materials. The combination of a contemporary artist’s tools with the hint of past splendour makes for tintillating jewelry: conversation pieces for bold wearers like famous Architect Zaha Hadid and Designer Nathalie Rykiel. Uli’s pieces are in permanent collections of international museums and private collectors. They are produced in Amsterdam by hand with love by Uli & the team.

1983 | Dinan, France

Trace Series, 2015 Brooch_ Driftwood, plastic, epoxy, pigments, cotton thread, steel

ANNE-MARIE RÉBILLARD

1974 | Ludwigsburg / Germany

ULI RAPP

Pearls Necklace, 2016 Necklace_ screenprinting cotton, medical gel

Anne-Marie Rébillard received her diploma from the École de joaillerie de Québec in 2004 and in 2010, enrolled in Le Labo, a series of workshops facilitated by Noel Guyomarc’h. Her keen interest led her to participate in a number of other workshops, including “ Where Is the Body ? ” with Ela Bauer and Andrea Wagner (ÉJM, Montreal) ; and “ To Extend : Halfway and Beyond ”, with Katja Prins, (Atelier Rudee, Thailand). Her collections have been shown in many exhibitions, including “ Bijoux contempo-

rains hors du commun ”, curated by Diane Charbonneau, decorative arts curator, and Noel Guyomarc’h (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). In 2013, “ Ce qui n’est pas là ”, a joint exhibition with Gabrielle Desmarais, presented at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, led to articles in Metalsmith and Art Jewelry Forum. She was selected by Eva Eisler for the Schmuck 2015 exhibition in Munich, and for a traveling exhibition in Barcelona and Paris in 2017.


Pamela Ritchie creates jewellery that links past and present, and that relates to both mythology and personal identity. Following postgraduate research work in Norway, she received her MFA from NSCAD University, Halifax, where she is currently a professor of jewellery. Her award-winning work has been showcased in many solo and group exhibitions throughout North America, Australia, Asia, and Europe. She has been featured in

Canadian, American and Korean magazines, as well as in major books, including Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective. Her work is included in many private an public collections, recently in the Montreal Fine Arts Museum. Pamela’s work celebrates the concentrating effect of detail, and the paradox that an abundance of ideas, forms, and patterns can be encapsulated in very small objects. In spring 2017, the gallery will present a retrospective exhibition of Pamela Ritchie.

1987 | Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Still Life, 2014 Necklace_ porcelaine, silk

NINA SAJET

1952 | Amherst, Canada

PAMELA RITCHIE

Paraguay, 2016 Brooch_ Sterling silver, wood, postage stamps, paint

Nina Sajet graduated in 2010 from the Art Academy in Arnhem, ArtEZ, where she specialized in jewelry and ceramics. Working from her studio in Amsterdam, she is inspired by the beauty of nature and the mundane objects of everyday life… the ordinary extraordinary as she might call it. Ceramic, primarily cast porcelain, is her main material ; from the very first moment, she fell in love with the process of turning liquid into stone. Experiments fuel her artistic development and produce striking

volumes caressed with nuanced color. New work is born from new discoveries. Her work challenges our understanding of reality. She has exhibited in several international galleries and museums : CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands / Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada / ATTA Gallery, Thailand/ Gallery Marzee, The Netherlands /  Gallery O-Jewel, Japan. She was part of the exhibition Trait d’Union with Philip Sajet and Beate Klockmann held in 2016 at Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h.


After receiving her diploma from the École de joaillerie de Québec in 2000, Sheedy continued her studies in visual arts at Université Laval, where she was completed her BA in 2003 and a Master’s in Visual Arts in 2007. During that time, she participated in workshops in a wide range of techniques, including those with an experiment approach. The recipient of a number of awards and grants, Sheedy has presented her work in numerous exhibitions. In 2013, Susan Cohn selected her work for “ As Seen by Others :

Photography as Strategy ”, which appeared in the “ Exhibition in Print ” issue of Metalsmith magazine. In addition, Sheedy curated “ 40 ans de passion, de création et de formation ”, the retrospective exhibition of the École de joaillerie de Montréal. Her work is currently part of Le Labo, a traveling exhibition gathering Quebec artists who took part in workshops directed by Noel Guyomarc’h.

1957 | South Korea

Winterscape, 2015 Brooch_ enamel on steel

KYE-YEON SON

1980 | Lévis, Canada

CATHERINE SHEEDY

Icarus Dive, Icarus Series, 2016 Brooch_ Silver alloy, stainless steel

Kye-Yeon Son was born in South Korea and earned a BFA degree in Applied Art in 1979 at Seoul National University, Korea and a MFA in Jewellery Design and Silversmithing in 1984 at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. Son has been teaching at the NSCAD University, Halifax, Canada since 1995.

commercial galleries across Canada, the United States, Britain, Germany, Japan, and Korea. Recipient of numerous awards from multiple organizations including the Canada Council for the Arts and the Metal Arts Guild, she has also been a member of the Royal Academy of Arts since 2000.

As a recipient of the prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award, a Governor General’s Award in 2011 Visual and Media Arts, Canada, she has exhibited her works in numerous solo shows and group exhibitions in public and

Her jewellery is interpreting emotive qualities such as resiliences, fragility, and endurances can be sensed through the persistent transformation of tree branches.


Despo Sophocleous holds a BFA in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing from NSCAD University, Halifax (2004-2008) and a graduate degree from the Munich Academy of Fine Arts (2008-2015). Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in the collections of Die Neue Sammlung, Munich, and the CODA Museum, the Netherlands. She has received several awards, including the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Artistic Achievement, from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust, and the Herbert Hofmann Award.

“Movement and creating movement is how I choose to represent and express my thoughts and feelings about one’s sense of place. While maps and the spaces they create have been sources of inspiration in the development of my work, it is also the physical and emotional elements associated with place that allow me to create pieces, which represent and document movement, change and transformation in time and space.”

1973 | Ruit auf den Fildern, Germany

Untitled, 2016 Necklace_ Wood, linoleum, yarn

SILKE SPITZER

1977 | Sydney, Canada

DESPO SOPHOCLEOUS

Another place in time 5, 2014 Pendant_ Walnut, steel, cotton

Silke Spitzer studied traditional jewellerymaking at the University of Applied Arts and Design in Pforzheim, Germany. She received a DAAD Scholarship from the Rhode Island School of Design, and in 2002, graduated with a MFA in Jewellery Design. Since then, she has worked as an independent artist in Berlin, where she teaches at Coop Gold, a small jewellery school she co-founded in 2011. The school offers instruction to the local community in traditional yet challenging and innovative techniques of jewellery-making. Her work has

been showcased in many international exhibitions in Europe , North America and Asia and received several awards : in 2015 the Justus Brinckmann price from Museum of arts and crafts in Hamburg. Silke took part in the exhibition Natural/Artificial, curated by Luzia Vogt and presented at Galerie Noel Guyomarch in 2012.


Barbara Stutman studied fine art and art history at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, at Concordia University (Montreal) and at the Saidye Bronfman Centre. Early in her career her focus changed from creating jewellery that was purely aesthetic to more challenging pieces that stimulate the mind as well as the eye. This development was concurrent with her decision to work with textile techniques such as weaving, knitting and crocheting. Stutman’s jewellery has been exhibited and written about internation-

ally. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Musée national des beauxarts du Québec, Quebec City; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ; the Koch Ring Collection, Switzerland; the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin; and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York City.

1986 | Joliette, Canada

Necklace, 2016 Sterling_ silver, resin, nylon

Émilie Trudel

1945 | Montreal, Canada

bARBARA STUTMAN

Imperfect Beauty IB14, 2015 Brooch_ Stretch bead cord, freshwater pearls, seed beads, coloured copper wire, magnets

A 2010 graduate of the École de joaillerie de Montréal, Émilie was the recipient of a number of awards during her training. A participant of experimental worshops, directed by Noel Guyomarc’h, Émilie received the Prix François-Houdé 2012, for ther project Les Bouées. She has a number of exhibitions to her credit : More than Gold, Studio Huddle, Toronto ; Ring Re::Form, Circle Craft Gallery, Vancouver ; 40 ans de passion, de création et de formation, a traveling and curated exhibition of the École de

joaillerie de Montréal and Les Traversiers des arts, Brouage, France, 2015. Her work is include in the current traveling exhibition Le Labo and has been selected for the exhibition Contemporary Quebec Jewelry curated by Noel Guyomarc’h which will be on display in Barcelone and Paris in 2017.


Anne-Sophie Vallée is a jewellery artist from Sherbrooke, Canada. Her first exposure to metalsmithing was in 2008 at UNAM (Universidad Autónoma de Mexíco), in the metal department of Taxco, Mexico. She obtained a collegial diploma in Craft with focus on Jewellery from Cégep du VieuxMontréal in partnership with School of Jewellery of Montreal in 2011. She is a recent graduate from NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, and holds a BFA with major in Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing.

Since September 2016, she has been a fulltime artist-in-residence at the Harbourfront Center inToronto. Vallée has shown her work in Montreal, Toronto, Halifax, Vancouver and Chicago. She will be part of a traveling exhibition curated by Noel Guyomarc’h in Barcelona and Paris in 2017.

1971 | Bâle, Switzerland

Candy, 2016 Pendant_ Pink quartz, chalcedony, serpentine, synthetic material, steel

LUZIA VOGT

1983 | Sherbrooke, Canada

ANNE-SOPHIE VALLÉE

Sun Rain, 2016 Brooch_ stainless steel, powder coating

Initially trained as a jeweller, Luzia Vogt developed her conceptual approach while at Pforzheim University, in Germany, where she completed her diploma in 2004. From 2002 to 2003, she was enrolled in a student exchange programme at NSCAD University, in Halifax. Represented by Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h since 2001, she has had two solo exhibitions there, in 2006 and 2015, in addition to curating the exhibition “ Naturel/ Artificiel ” in 2012. She has also taken part in numerous international exhibitions.

“The found object, a discard from the utilitarian world, lies idle, awaiting destruction, renewal or metamorphosis. It is a reminder of a person’s presence, a witness to time. Relying on my intuition, I transform these pieces, leaving my own traces on them. I question common ways of looking at objects and at society’s values. The results bring memories to the surface, and toy with the imagination.”


Born in Germany and raised in Canada, Andrea Wagner returned to Freiburg after finishing high school. She obtained a degree in economics and began working. She discovered jewellery-making through evening classes, and in 1992 decided to devote herself to this new interest. After an long-year technical internship with a Berlin metalsmith and studies as guess student at the Zeichen Academy in Hanau on a scholarship, she entered the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 1994, receiving her degree in 1997.

Since then, her work has been featured in international exhibitions and can be found in many private and public collections, including those of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York ; the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada ; the Boston Museum of Fine Arts; the Houston Museum of Fine Arts ; the Françoise van den Bosch Collection, Amsterdam ; and the Textile Museum, Tilburg, the Netherlands.

1965 | Gelsenkirchen, Germany

Windows 2, Porta-Skies Series, 2016 Brooch_ Steel, Enamel

SILVIA WALZ

1965 | Freiburg, Germany

ANDREA WAGNER

Crystal Cove Inn Near A Subway Line To Wonderland, 2014 Brooch_ Silver, bone china porcelain, Syberian pyrite ammonite, glass, synthetic resin, polyester

Silvia Walz studied metals design at the Fachhochschule Hildesheim between 1985 and 1991, with a year spent studying at the Escola Massa in Barcelona from 1988 to 1989, where she later taught. She is the wife of Catalan jeweler Ramon Puig Cuyàs and lives in Barcelona. Her jewelry is expressive of her Mediterranean environment. Walz works in mixed media, including various metals, tissue papers, enamel, textiles, woods, resin and ceramic. The titles of her brightly colored assemblages

link them to figures from history and myth. Walz’s intention is to create visual records of emotion, which might be shared by the wearer. She is attracted to the magical qualities of jewelry as charms or talismans, and as a conceptual link between people. Silvia Walz’s jewelry has been exhibited internationally at venues in Germany, France, Spain, in United-States and Canada. The gallery represents the artist since 2006.


1973 | Montreal, Canada

LAWRENCE WOODFORD

Road to Ambiguity, 2014 Ring_ Larimar, composite material, laminate, silver

Lawrence Woodford received a degree in jewellery and metal arts from the École de joaillerie in Montreal and his MFA from NSCAD University. He has maintained a professional studio practice as a jewellery artist for the last 10 years while teaching at three visual arts institutions. Woodford has taken part in many national and international exhibitions and has been an invited teacher and lecturer in the United States and Australia.

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“ Referencing components that have origins in traditional jewellery using composite and repurposed materials blurs the boundaries between the natural and the artificial and provides a moment for contemplation. By deconstructed processes and introducing new aesthetics, I am re-evaluating and redefining the visual language of the contemporary jewellery object. ”


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Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h at SOFA Chicago 2016  

Include in this publication, the artists selected for this new edition of SOFA Chicago.

Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h at SOFA Chicago 2016  

Include in this publication, the artists selected for this new edition of SOFA Chicago.

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