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Inspired by systems theory and especially, the notion of interdependence, the relationship between humans and their environment is at the centre of Julie Bégin's creation. The multilayered interconnectedness of environmental, social, epidemiological, and political systems are illustrated in her creations through opposition and complementarity of shapes, textures and colours, and the use of positive and negative spaces. Sober and refined, her work consists of single editions and limited series combining precious metals, charred wood and gems. She aims to eliminate any superfluous detail to offer a frank and direct representation of materials.

Julie Bégin is a multidisciplinary artist active in contemporary jewellery and object design based in Montreal, Canada. Trained at the École de Joaillerie de Montréal from 2013 to 2016, she pursued her studies through workshops in Montreal and Europe. In 2017 she was selected for One Of A Kind, a flagship craft event in Toronto, and was invited to participate in Autor, the Bucharest art jewellery fair in 2020. She is a recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Conseil des arts et des Lettres du Québec. Inspired by systems theory, the relationship between humans and their environment is at the centre of Julie Bégin's creation. Her work has been showcased in Canada and abroad and can be found in private collections worldwide.

 

Education

2013 -2016
Basic Jewellery Techniques
École de Joaillerie de Montréal, CEGEP du Vieux Montréal,  Montreal, Canada

 

Group Exhibitions

2021
Beauty and Wonder, Jewels
13 March 2021 – 23 April 23 2021, Galerie Caractère, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
22 May 2021 – 10 July 2021, Galería CONTEXT, Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalunya, Spain
Oct 2021 – Nov 2021, Galería Lalabeyou, Madrid, Spain

2020
Spent
18 Nov 2020 – 1 Feb 2021,  Galerie Lewis, Quebec, Canada
Placement
Aug 20 – Sept 8, 2020,  Visual Space Gallery, Vancouver, Canada
14 May – 20 May 2020,  Jewellery Town, Daegu, South Korea          * Cancelled due to COVID-19
6 May 2020 - 12 May 2020,  Gallery Ah Won, Seoul, Korea          * Cancelled due to COVID-19
22 Jan – 8 Mar 2020,  Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, Canada
Disrupt
12 March 2020 - 23 April 2020,  CCBC Gallery, Vancouver, Canada

2019
Year-End Exhibition
19 Dec 2019 - 23 Dec 2019,  Centre Materia, Quebec, Canada
Ornement(ation)
14 Dec 2019 - 20 Jan 2020Galerie Lewis, Quebec, Canada
Tincal Lab Challenge 2019: Jewellery & Anatomy
09 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019,  Tincal Lab Gallery, Porto, Portugal

2017
Tincal Lab Challenge 2017: Jewellery & Music 
11 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017,  Tincal Lab Gallery, Porto, Portugal
Masters and Artisan Jewellers From Nanjing to Montreal
13 July 2017 - 27 Aug 2017,  Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec, Montreal, Canada

2016
Small Formats Exhibition
13 Nov 2016 - 21 Dec 2016,  Maison Antoine-Lacombe, Saint-Charles-Borromée, Canada

 

Art Fairs

2020
Autor.  (juried selection)     * Postponed due to COVID-19
09 May 2020 - 10 May 2020,  Bucarest, Romania

2017
One of A Kind.  (juried selection)
29 March 2017 - 02 April 2017,  Enercare Centre, Toronto, Canada

 

Collections

Julie’s work can be found in private collections in Sydney, Australia; Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago, USA; Ottawa and  Montreal, Canada

 

Grants

2019
Travel Grant, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Arts abroad Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

2017
Sodexport Grant, Société de développement des entreprises culturelles

 

Publications

2020
Grace Laemmler, Exhibition Catalogue, Placement,  p. 8-9

2019
Ana Pina, Exhibition catalogue, Tincal Lab Challenge 2019 Jewelry and Anatomy, p. 28

2017
Maëlle Brogard, Exhibition catalogue, Masters and Artisan Jewellers From Nanjing to Montreal, p. 25
Ana Pina, Exhibition catalogue, Tincal Lab Challenge 2017 Jewelry and Music, p. 22
Olga Plakhova, “ Meet a jeweller: Julie Begin“, LOFT bijoux blog
https://loftbijoux.com/2017/03/24/meet-a-jeweler-julie-begin/
Gabrielle Lisa Collard, “Julie Bégin: alchimiste d’anti-fast fashion“, Centre Phi blog
https://phi-centre.com/article/julie-begin/

2016
Elsa Vecchi, “Styles de soirée: le lancement de la collection de bijoux de Julie Bégin”, Huffington Post Quebec
http://quebec.huffingtonpost.ca/2016/09/02/julie-begin-joailliere-bijoux-montreal-_n_11833738.html

 

Selected Professional Development

2019
Cartographia, Building an Image of the World, with Ramon Puig Cuyàs, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, Canada

2018
Cold connexion, mixed-media & Patinas, with Judy McCaig, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, Canada

2017
The hidden side of the brooch, with Aurélie Guillaume, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, Canada

2016
Made-to-Measure Leather Casings, with Trinidad Contreras, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

2015
Porcelain Applied to Art Jewellery,  with Trinidad Contreras, DTerra Gallery, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain
Gold Application,  with Charles Lewton-Brain, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, Canada
Thinking Jewellery From a Personal Point of View,  with Katja Prins, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, Canada

2014
Colours and Pigments on Metal: New Avenues,  with Gabrielle Desmarais, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, Canada
Resin & Concrete And Their Integration Into Jewellery,  with Mélanie Denis, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, Canada
Contemporary Ceramic Jewellery,  with Shu Lin Wu & Peter Hoogeboom, École de Joaillerie de Montréal, Canada

 

Professional Positions

Since 2016
Jewellery designer & maker, Joules by Julie Bégin, Montreal, Canada

2018
Teacher’s Assistant, Jewellery, The Visual Arts Centre, Montreal, Canada
Professional Associations

 

Professional Associations

Klimt02, member
Craft Council of British Columbia, member
Co-Adorn, member
Materia, member
Vancouver Metal Arts Association
Art Jewelry Forum, member
Society of North American Goldsmiths, member

Where to Buy

Work is not available for sale through the SNAG website. Please contact the artist directly to inquire about making a purchase.