13 Quebec jewellery artists exhibit in Barcelona

Espace habité / Inhabited Space brings together thirteen young Quebec jewellers whose artistic and creative approaches are remarkable. Quebec jewellery, for several years now, has been standing out in national and overbroad recognized events and manifestations. Initiated and curated by Stephane Blackburn and Noel Guyomarc’h, this exhibition aims at promoting that enthusiasm by highlighting the creative impulse of a new generation of talents and offering them a broader visibility. It will be presented from April 6 to April 22, 2017, at the Barcelona jewellery gallery Amaranto Joies… The curators would like to thank the owner Grego Garcia Tebar for welcoming it and their dear friend Silvia Walz for her collaboration on this project.



Espace habité / Inhabited Space refers both to their geographical origin and to their share of a common practice, but also to how each of them have invested a very personal and distinctive creative space. The diversity of their plastic language sheds light on the richness of a region often perceived as remote and fantasized as wild and distant lands. As to their artistic intent, it refers to how they perceive the world and relate to environmental, social, political or personal issues.

Magali Thibault-Gobeil

Aurélie Guillaume

Silvie Altschuler


With irony and humour, and a pronounced taste for colour, most of the exhibited pieces share a welcome and daring impulse for life in the often stern and dramatic context of creative jewellery. The animated creations of Magali Thibault Gobeil reflect her exuberant and lively personality. Aurelie Guillaume’s enamel pieces tell stories of caricatured and colourful characters born from her fertile and vivid imagination. Full of humour and irony, Silvie Altschuler’s figurative or narrative pieces are made with opposed materials in terms of both worth and consistency. Marie-Maude Brunet, for her part, has been using moulds acquired from other jewellers. She undertook a series in which the skull, a symbol of power, religion and mysticism, is associated with flowers, a symbol of life. Paradoxes of that kind can be found in other works.

Anne-Marie Rébillard

Catherine Granche










Marie-Ève G. Castonguay


Using driftwood and synthetic plastic in her brooches, Anne-Marie Rébillard illustrates environmental concerns by associating natural and human waste. Catherine Granche’s porcelain jewels, despite their bright colours, are meant to be images of how food leftovers transform, as artefact of daily life. Marie-Ève G. Castonguay, Émilie Trudel and Gabrielle Desmarais, through different aesthetics, compositions and attitudes, offer new perspectives on space, environment and nature.

Gabrielle Desmarais

Emilie Dell’Aniello

Katia Martel












In Emilie Dell’Aniello’s work, a bronze-made shape, covered with acrylic paint, stands as the central element of her collection to evoke different tangible interpretations of the content. Meanwhile, Katia Martel’s materials, nylon stockings, embroideries and laces, question our intimate relationship with jewellery and Catherine Sheedy, through a metaphorical rewriting of Icarus’ story, explores the idea that we may gain access to our dreams. Anne-Sophie Vallée questions movements and jewellery’s interaction with the body through meticulously designed and articulated pieces.

Catherine Sheedy

Marie-Maude Brunet










Anne-Sophie Vallée








Émilie Trudel













Those different series illustrate the richness and diversity of the jewellery world in Quebec nowadays. Stimulating examples for the upcoming generation of jewellers, those thirteen artists are part of a broad international movement of contemporary jewellery. The curators of this exhibition are very proud to introduce them first in Barcelona, before taking the exhibition to Paris’s at the Institut National des Métiers d’Art, in the context of Parcours Bijoux in fall 2017.