Artist Statement:

Going on nature walks, I often find myself compelled to store away the treasures I’ve discovered along the way. Perhaps this stems from childhood, when I would gather interesting items from nature to use in crafts. Although I rarely craft with pine cones anymore, the desire to keep nature close at hand hasn’t disappeared.

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. I draw inspiration from such functional items to create pieces that can hold sentimental or inspiring natural items. This inspiration is not only visually present in the design of the jewellery but is also contained within the piece itself.

Media Category:

Jewellery / Accessories

Website:

http://www.andreechenier.com