Andrée Chénier
Craft Ontario Volunteer Committee Emerging Professional Award for $2,000

From childhood, Andrée Chénier would gather interesting items from nature walks. Today, she is often compelled to collect treasures she has discovered along the way. For many of us, the desire to keep mementos of nature close at hand inspires us; they not only serve as reminders of beauty, but also of the feelings we experience when we first encountered them.

Historical jewellery forms like memento mori, étuits (for chatelaines), lockets and perfume rings, were designed to store utilitarian or meaningful objects close to the body. Andrée draws inspiration from such pieces to create jewellery that connect us to nature. The object, whether it be an unusual stone, the twist of a branch, a flower petal, or a feather, is not only visually present in the design, but is also often contained within the piece itself.

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Feather Brooch
Sterling silver, 14k yellow gold, sapphires, amethyst, steel pin, feathers; Fabrication, fusing, gem setting, oxidization.

Feather Brooch (detail)
Sterling silver, 14k yellow gold, sapphires, amethyst, steel pin, feathers; Fabrication, fusing, gem setting, oxidization.

Feather Brooch (detail)
Sterling silver, 14k yellow gold, sapphires, amethyst, steel pin, feathers; Fabrication, fusing, gem setting, oxidization.

Feather Necklace
Sterling silver, sapphires, feathers; Fabrication, fusing, gem setting, oxidization.

Feather Necklace (detail)
Sterling silver, sapphires, feathers; Fabrication, fusing, gem setting, oxidization.

Seed Pendant
Sterling silver, black diamond, flower seeds / Hydraulic press, fabrication, gem setting.

Nest Earrings with Amethysts
Sterling silver, 14k yellow gold, amethysts, sapphires / Fabrication, fusing, gem setting, oxidization.

Petal Locket Ring
18k yellow gold, spinel, flower petal; Fabrication, filigree, gem setting.

Enamel Egg Pendant
Sterling silver, copper, enamel, feathers; Hydraulic press, fabrication, enamelling.

Egg Brooches
Sterling silver, feathers; Hydraulic press, fabrication, oxidization.

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Formerly the Ontario Crafts Council, Craft Ontario is a not-for-profit service organization that works to have craft recognized as a valuable part of life. We promote and celebrate professional craft through providing member opportunities, and advocate for craft practice by educating and empowering diverse audiences.