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Project: Hour of Glory
The rock was picked up at the Calvaire d'Oka
Materials: Silver, rock, colorless topaz, Mexican opal, lapis-lazuli
This brooch is a representation, in the form of a cross, of the 7 chapels built on the hills of Oka to mark certain stations of the Way of the Cross.
Influence of religions.
The rock was picked up at the summit of Mont Tremblant.
Materials: Silver, rock, pearl, titanium
Grand Manitou is the name given by the Amerindians to Mont-Tremblant. This brooch is a representation of an Indian chief's headdress on a mountain with ski slopes.
Influence of tourism.
The rock was picked up along the Rivière-du-Nord in Lachute.
Materials: Silver, rock, saphir, tourmaline
This brooch is a representation of a wave recalling the importance of our water bodies in the economic development of the region (textile, paper, transportation, mills).
Influence of economy.
The rock was picked up in an urban woodland in Ste- Thérèse.
Materials: Silver, rock
This brooch conveys the idea of the disappearance of nature by the representation of a fish skeleton. It reminds us of the rapid development of the suburbs to the detriment of green spaces.
Influence of suburban development.
The rock was picked up at the bottom of lake L'Achigan in St-Hyppolite
Materials: Silver, rock, iolite
This brooch is the representation of a futuristic underwater insect that protects itself from pollution with a diving suit, to evoke the disintegration of aquatic life.
Influence of pollution.
The rock was picked up along the Rivière Rouge
Materials: Silver, rock, garnet, titanium
This brooch represents a tadpole under the effect of the iron oxide which gives the Rivière Rouge its coloring.Influence of minerals.
Expropriation, Mirabel 1969
The rock was picked up along Sentier Art 3, in Bois de Belle-Rivière, Mirabel
Materials: Silver, rock, titanium, citrine, 14K gold
This brooch represents a plow and the aerial view of the expropriated land in Mirabel.
Influence of politics.
Train du nord
The rock was picked up along the old railroad in Ste-Adèle.
Materials: Silver, rock, titanium
This brooch represents a railroad to recall the one that contributed to the development of the Laurentians.
The rock evokes the coal that was required to power the locomotive.
Influence of rail transport.
If we consider the evolution of rocks from the Precambrian Era to their metamorphic transformation, the stones that surround us are far from being vulgar pebbles. They are witnesses of the geomorphologic evolution of our beautiful landscapes and they deserve our admiration and interest. That is why I wanted to create a collection of modern brooches featuring rocks.
For a jeweler, working with a raw element such as a rock and smooth, polished matters with a defined form (metal) is an interesting challenge. During this project, I chose to make abstraction of organized and perfect forms, as well as symmetry, to be inspired by the irregularities and imperfections of the rock. In doing so, the pebble is enhanced, brought into focus and it now has the possibility of being complimented. I used metals of relative value to complement and ennoble simple rocks.
It is definitely its hour of glory!
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