What moves me creatively is my passion for moving metal, and the continued study of line. When I begin to translate my inspiration into metal, I work very intuitively, allowing space for serendipity. With the original inspiration in mind, I begin a dialogue with the metal. I work through sample after sample, letting
the metal guide me as in call-and-response, developing a conversation between metal and maker.
Through a process of careful decision making, both in material and technique, I work the metal, a hard and cold material, into a relationship with the human body, creating adornments that capture the exchange between inspiration and material.
My goal always is to bring joy to the wearer with the pieces I create. I welcome you to visit my Halifax studio, in person or virtually via video call, to discuss your custom project.
Dorothée is a university-trained designer and goldsmith with over 15 years experience. Her European upbringing informs her design sensibility, which makes her work
so noticeable on the discerning wearer. Dorothée is the creator of the iconic OneFooter Rings, which are sold in prestigious contemporary jewellery galleries across North America.
Multi-award recipient and featured in several international books on contemporary jewellery design, Dorothée was awarded Nova Scotia Master Artisan status in 2015.
Dorothée’s studio is nestled behind her house in the Hydrostone area of Halifax, Nova Scotia, from where she travels across North America & Europe to show her work. She also enjoys creating custom designs, using the client’s gems and gold, or her own sustainably sourced (recycled or certified fairly traded) gold, and carefully selected coloured gems, pearls, or certified Canadian diamonds.
HISTORY OF PUBLIC PRESENTATION
2020 Placement, Canada & Korea.
2019 Borach/Brooch, Craig Gallery, Halifax, NS, Canada.
2018 Artistar, Milano, Italy
2017 Celestial, Facèré Jewelry Arts, Seattle, WA, USA.
2016 20th Anniversary Exhibition , Galerie Noel Guyomarc’H, Montreal, QC
2016 XL/Excel exhibition of master artisans of the NSDCC, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS
2015 Gallery@ACTS , ACTS, Halifax, NS
2007 Commitment Ring, Lafreniere&Pai Gallery, Ottawa, ON
2006 Quotation, Juried Exhibition. Zilberschmuck Art Jewellery. Toronto, ON
2006 Process: Jewellery By Hand. Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS
2005 Play, MAG of NS Juried Exhibition. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax 2005 Masterworks, Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2005 Northern Lights, Metal Arts Guild of Canada Juried Exhibition. Toronto
2005 Dharma Arts Festival. Shambhala Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2004 Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) Juried Student Exhibition. Florida International Museum, USA
2004 Findings, Juried Student Exhibition (traveling). Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Toronto, and NSCAD University, Halifax
2003 New Works by 35 Artists. Galerie Noël Guyomarc’H Bijoux D’Art, Montréal, Québec
2003 Hands On, Juried Student Exhibition. Galerie Noël Guyomarc’H Bijoux D’Art, Montréal, Québec
2002 Proxemics, Juried Student Exhibition (traveling). OCAD Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, and Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2001 Random Standing, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2008 Selective Intuition. Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, NS
2004 Materials and Process: Passions of a Goldsmith, Anna Leonowens Gallery, Halifax, Nova Scotia
2005 B.F.A., Major: Jewellery Design and Metalsmithing;
Minor: Art History (focus craft).
NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
GRANTS & AWARDS
2015 Feature Artist, CircleCraft, Vancouver, BC.
2015 Granted Master Artisan status by NSDCC
2015 Outstanding Exporter of the Year Award, Atlantic Craft Trade Show.
2013 Best New Product, Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council Show
2003 Joseph Beuys Memorial Scholarship
2003NSCAD Centennial Scholarship
2002 NSCAD World Travel Scholarship
2001 Nova Scotia Talent Trust Fund Scholarship
2001 NSCAD Alumni Association Scholarship
Artistar Jewels 2018 - The contemporary jewels as never seen before. Ediz. illustrata. Fausto Lupetti, editor. Arte Publishing. ISBN 9788868741914
500 Necklaces - Contemporary Interpretations of a Timeless Form. LeVan, Martha. Lark Publishing.
ISBN 1-57990-701-6. Page 249.
500 Bracelets - An Inspiring Collection of Extraordinary Designs, LeVan, Marthe. Lark Publishing.
ISBN 1-57990-480-7. Page 219
Best of Worldwide Jewelry Artists Volume 2, Kennedy Publishing, 2013. Page 130-131
Where to Buy
Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.