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Julia deVille

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Published: 06.04.2014
Julia deVille’s new showroom .
Julia deVille’s new showroom

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NGV/Melbourne Now Interview with Julia deVille
National Gallery of Victoria
2014
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Disce Mori by Julia deVille
Suitcase Murphy
2012
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A Dying Art by Julia deVille
Suitcase Murphy
2014
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Julia deVille. Necklace: Pavé Rook, 2009. Silver 925, marcasite, black sapphire. Julia deVille
Necklace: Pavé Rook, 2009
Silver 925, marcasite, black sapphire
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Julia deVille. Necklace: Pavé Rook, 2009. Silver 925, marcasite, black sapphire. Julia deVille
Necklace: Pavé Rook, 2009
Silver 925, marcasite, black sapphire
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Julia deVille. Cufflinks: Finch, 2010. Sterling Silver. Julia deVille
Cufflinks: Finch, 2010
Sterling Silver
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Julia deVille. Ring: Bone Ring Victorian, 2011. Gold, White Gold, Sapphire, Diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Bone Ring Victorian, 2011
Gold, White Gold, Sapphire, Diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: Vault, 2011. White Gold, Black Diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Vault, 2011
White Gold, Black Diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: Black 2, 2012. White Gold, Black Diamonds, Black Rhodium. Julia deVille
Ring: Black 2, 2012
White Gold, Black Diamonds, Black Rhodium
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Julia deVille. Ring: Bondage Lily, 2011. Silver, Cubic Zirconia. Julia deVille
Ring: Bondage Lily, 2011
Silver, Cubic Zirconia
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Julia deVille. Ring: Bone, 2011. Silver. Julia deVille
Ring: Bone, 2011
Silver
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Julia deVille. Ring: Castle, 2011. Silver, Black Rhodium, Black Sapphires. Julia deVille
Ring: Castle, 2011
Silver, Black Rhodium, Black Sapphires
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Julia deVille. Ring: Deco Ring with Skulls, 2012. White Gold, Black and White Diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Deco Ring with Skulls, 2012
White Gold, Black and White Diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: Double Victorian Solitaire, 2013. Silver, Black Rhodium, Garnet. Julia deVille
Ring: Double Victorian Solitaire, 2013
Silver, Black Rhodium, Garnet
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Julia deVille. Ring: Loyalty, 2013. White Gold, Black Rhodium, Diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Loyalty, 2013
White Gold, Black Rhodium, Diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: Victorian Solitaire with Leaves, 2012. White Gold, Old Cut Diamond. Julia deVille
Ring: Victorian Solitaire with Leaves, 2012
White Gold, Old Cut Diamond
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Julia deVille. Wrist Piece: Gargoyle, 2012. Silver. Julia deVille
Wrist Piece: Gargoyle, 2012
Silver
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Julia deVille. Ring: Disce Mori Ring Poison, 2012. Rose Gold, Tsavorite Garnets. Julia deVille
Ring: Disce Mori Ring Poison, 2012
Rose Gold, Tsavorite Garnets
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Julia deVille. Ring: Elisabeth Ring Royal, 2012. White Gold, Sapphires, Cognac Diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Elisabeth Ring Royal, 2012
White Gold, Sapphires, Cognac Diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: Medieval Engagement, 2012. White Gold, Sapphire, Cognac Diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Medieval Engagement, 2012
White Gold, Sapphire, Cognac Diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: 19th Century, 2012. White Gold, Black Sapphires. Julia deVille
Ring: 19th Century, 2012
White Gold, Black Sapphires
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Julia deVille. Ring: Midnight, 2012. White Gold, Black Sapphires, Black Diamonds, Star Diopside. Julia deVille
Ring: Midnight, 2012
White Gold, Black Sapphires, Black Diamonds, Star Diopside
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Julia deVille. Bracelet: Bone Bracelet Large, 2012. Silver. Julia deVille
Bracelet: Bone Bracelet Large, 2012
Silver
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Julia deVille. Ring: Double Medieval Engagement Ring, 2012. White Gold, Cognac Diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Double Medieval Engagement Ring, 2012
White Gold, Cognac Diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: Mourning Ring Elisabeth, 2012. White Gold, Sapphires. Julia deVille
Ring: Mourning Ring Elisabeth, 2012
White Gold, Sapphires
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Julia deVille. Ring: Mourning Ring Royal, 2012. White Gold, Sapphires, Cognac Diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Mourning Ring Royal, 2012
White Gold, Sapphires, Cognac Diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: My Three Engagements, 2012. White Gold, Cognac Diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: My Three Engagements, 2012
White Gold, Cognac Diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: Collection of rings on deer antler, 2012. Diverse. Julia deVille
Ring: Collection of rings on deer antler, 2012
Diverse
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Julia deVille. Object: INRI, 2012. Parrot, Sapphires, Antique Cross. Julia deVille
Object: INRI, 2012
Parrot, Sapphires, Antique Cross
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Julia deVille. Object: Rattus, 2012. Rat, Garnets, Antique Gravy Boat. Julia deVille
Object: Rattus, 2012
Rat, Garnets, Antique Gravy Boat
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Julia deVille. Object: Victorian Cat Mummy, 2012. Cat, Glass, Victorian baby boots and cape, Linen, Lace, Silver. Julia deVille
Object: Victorian Cat Mummy, 2012
Cat, Glass, Victorian baby boots and cape, Linen, Lace, Silver
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Julia deVille. Object: Lamentation, 2012. Lamb, Rubies, Antique Silver Platter. Julia deVille
Object: Lamentation, 2012
Lamb, Rubies, Antique Silver Platter
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Julia deVille. Object: Élan Vital, 2012. Lamb, Pearls, Rubies, Silver, Diamonds, Glass. Julia deVille
Object: Élan Vital, 2012
Lamb, Pearls, Rubies, Silver, Diamonds, Glass
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Julia deVille. Object: Vanilla, 2012. Chick, Onyx, Antique Ice Cream Scoop. Julia deVille
Object: Vanilla, 2012
Chick, Onyx, Antique Ice Cream Scoop
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Julia deVille. Object: Genocide, 2012. Finches, Black Diamonds, Silver. Julia deVille
Object: Genocide, 2012
Finches, Black Diamonds, Silver
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Julia deVille. Object: Peter, 2012. Rabbit, Silver, Glass. Julia deVille
Object: Peter, 2012
Rabbit, Silver, Glass
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Julia deVille. Object: Grief, 2012. Lamb, Leather, Victorian Baby Boots, Silver, Glass. Julia deVille
Object: Grief, 2012
Lamb, Leather, Victorian Baby Boots, Silver, Glass
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Julia deVille. Object: The Sacrifice, 2012. Finch, Black Diamonds, Wedgewood Jug. Julia deVille
Object: The Sacrifice, 2012
Finch, Black Diamonds, Wedgewood Jug
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Julia deVille. Object: Gåteau, 2012. Kitten, Glass, Antique Cake Stand. Julia deVille
Object: Gåteau, 2012
Kitten, Glass, Antique Cake Stand
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Julia deVille. Object: Couverts à salade, 2012. Blue-faced Parrot Finches, rose cut black diamonds 0.24ct, Antique Blackington Co sterling silver enamelled salad servers. Julia deVille
Object: Couverts à salade, 2012
Blue-faced Parrot Finches, rose cut black diamonds 0.24ct, Antique Blackington Co sterling silver enamelled salad servers
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Julia deVille. Object: Sentience, 2012. Stillborn deer, glass, rubies 18.45ct, pear cut garnet 0.76ct, 18ct white gold chain & wire, sterling silver, bronze, black rhodium, antique Wallace platter. Julia deVille
Object: Sentience, 2012
Stillborn deer, glass, rubies 18.45ct, pear cut garnet 0.76ct, 18ct white gold chain & wire, sterling silver, bronze, black rhodium, antique Wallace platter
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Julia deVille. Object: Consciousness, 2012. Stillborn deer, glass, sterling silver, bronze, gold plate, leather, antique silver plate platter. Julia deVille
Object: Consciousness, 2012
Stillborn deer, glass, sterling silver, bronze, gold plate, leather, antique silver plate platter
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Julia deVille. Object: Majesty, 2012. Adolescent stag, glass, Yellow Gould, rose cut black diamonds, rubies, seed pearls, uncut diamonds, sterling silver, bronze, gold plate, black rhodium plate, antique bone handled knife & fork, antique silver carving set, enamel paint, antique soup plate, sterling silver salt shaker, beeswax pear candle, antique candleabra, antique farmhouse table. Julia deVille
Object: Majesty, 2012
Adolescent stag, glass, Yellow Gould, rose cut black diamonds, rubies, seed pearls, uncut diamonds, sterling silver, bronze, gold plate, black rhodium plate, antique bone handled knife & fork, antique silver carving set, enamel paint, antique soup plate, sterling silver salt shaker, beeswax pear candle, antique candleabra, antique farmhouse table
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Sparrow, 2009. Silver 925, Sparrow wing. Julia deVille
Brooch: Sparrow, 2009
Silver 925, Sparrow wing
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Julia deVille. Earrings: Lily, 2010. White gold, black diamonds, green quartz. Julia deVille
Earrings: Lily, 2010
White gold, black diamonds, green quartz
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Julia deVille. Necklace: Blood Rosary, 2009. Black garnet, silver 925. Julia deVille
Necklace: Blood Rosary, 2009
Black garnet, silver 925
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Julia deVille. Ring: Medieval, 2010. White gold, Old Diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Medieval, 2010
White gold, Old Diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: Mourning. White gold, old diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Mourning
White gold, old diamonds
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Julia deVille. Piece: Sarcophagus brooch with skeleton bracelet, 2008. Antique Box, 925. Brooch & Bracelet. Julia deVille
Piece: Sarcophagus brooch with skeleton bracelet, 2008
Antique Box, 925
Brooch & Bracelet
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Julia deVille. Cufflinks: Calvinism, 2008. Silver 925, black rhodium. Julia deVille
Cufflinks: Calvinism, 2008
Silver 925, black rhodium
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Julia deVille. Cufflinks: Mouse Links, 2008. Silver 925, black rhodium, diamonds. Julia deVille
Cufflinks: Mouse Links, 2008
Silver 925, black rhodium, diamonds
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Julia deVille. Necklace: Pearl Skull Fob, 2009. Akoya pearls, silver 925, black rhodium. Julia deVille
Necklace: Pearl Skull Fob, 2009
Akoya pearls, silver 925, black rhodium
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Julia deVille. Ring: Nanna's Engagement Ring, 2008. Silver 925, black rhodium, diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Nanna's Engagement Ring, 2008
Silver 925, black rhodium, diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: Alex Louise, 2008. White gold, diamonds. Julia deVille
Ring: Alex Louise, 2008
White gold, diamonds
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Julia deVille. Ring: Claw, 2009. Silver 925, black sapphire. Julia deVille
Ring: Claw, 2009
Silver 925, black sapphire
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Julia deVille. Ring: Claw, 2009. Silver 925, black sapphire. Julia deVille
Ring: Claw, 2009
Silver 925, black sapphire
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Julia deVille. Ring: Prey, 2008. silver 925, black sapphire. Julia deVille
Ring: Prey, 2008
silver 925, black sapphire
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Julia deVille. Ring: Royal Skull, 2009. Silver 925, black and white sapphire. Julia deVille
Ring: Royal Skull, 2009
Silver 925, black and white sapphire
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Julia deVille. Ring: Emerald City, 2008. White gold, emeralds. Julia deVille
Ring: Emerald City, 2008
White gold, emeralds
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Julia deVille. Object: Repositories, 2008. Jarrah, silver 925. Julia deVille
Object: Repositories, 2008
Jarrah, silver 925
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Julia deVille. Object: Silver Rook, 2008. Silver 925, rubies. Julia deVille
Object: Silver Rook, 2008
Silver 925, rubies
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Julia deVille. Object: The Anatomy of a Rabbit, 2008. Silver 925, rubies, rabbit, mahogany. Julia deVille
Object: The Anatomy of a Rabbit, 2008
Silver 925, rubies, rabbit, mahogany
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Mechanical Wing. Kingfisher Wing, silver. Julia deVille
Brooch: Mechanical Wing
Kingfisher Wing, silver
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Bird Skull, 2004. Bird Skull, cubic zirconia, sterling silver. 5 x 2.5 x 3 cm. Julia deVille
Brooch: Bird Skull, 2004
Bird Skull, cubic zirconia, sterling silver
5 x 2.5 x 3 cm
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Julia deVille. Piece: Bird Shoulder Piece. Starling, Gold Leaf, Sapphires, Leather. Julia deVille
Piece: Bird Shoulder Piece
Starling, Gold Leaf, Sapphires, Leather
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Sparrow. Sparrow, Silver, Gold. Julia deVille
Brooch: Sparrow
Sparrow, Silver, Gold
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Gunclub, 2004. Mouse, diamonds, jet, 9ct gold. 3.5 x.2.5 x3 cm. Julia deVille
Brooch: Gunclub, 2004
Mouse, diamonds, jet, 9ct gold
3.5 x.2.5 x3 cm
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Gunclub, 2004. Mouse, diamonds, jet, 9ct gold. 3.5 x.2.5 x3 cm. Back view. Julia deVille
Brooch: Gunclub, 2004
Mouse, diamonds, jet, 9ct gold
3.5 x.2.5 x3 cm
Back view
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Mouse. Mouse, Emeralds, Silver. Julia deVille
Brooch: Mouse
Mouse, Emeralds, Silver
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Julia deVille. Object: Prey, 2004. Sterling silver, mouse, natural topaz. 9 x 4 x 2cm. Julia deVille
Object: Prey, 2004
Sterling silver, mouse, natural topaz
9 x 4 x 2cm
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Julia deVille. Piece: Trophy Mouse. Mouse, Jet, Gold, Glass. Julia deVille
Piece: Trophy Mouse
Mouse, Jet, Gold, Glass
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Art Nouveau Skull. Silver, Velvet, Ivory. Julia deVille
Brooch: Art Nouveau Skull
Silver, Velvet, Ivory
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Mourning. Silver, Human Hair, Glass. Julia deVille
Brooch: Mourning
Silver, Human Hair, Glass
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. Brooch: Disce Mori, 2006
. Jet, 9ct gold, 24ct gold leaf
. 6 x 4.5 x 1 cm.

Julia deVille
Brooch: Disce Mori, 2006
Jet, 9ct gold, 24ct gold leaf
6 x 4.5 x 1 cm

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. Brooch: Jet mourning, 2004
. Jet, 9ct gold
. 4 x 2 x 2 cm.

Julia deVille
Brooch: Jet mourning, 2004
Jet, 9ct gold
4 x 2 x 2 cm

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Julia deVille. Ring: All My Engagements. Gold, Rubies. Julia deVille
Ring: All My Engagements
Gold, Rubies
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Julia deVille. Ring: All My Engagements. Gold, Rubies. Back view. Julia deVille
Ring: All My Engagements
Gold, Rubies
Back view
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Bird Claw, 2006. Sterling silver, black rhodium plate, Keshi pearl. 9 x 4 x 2 cm. Julia deVille
Brooch: Bird Claw, 2006
Sterling silver, black rhodium plate, Keshi pearl
9 x 4 x 2 cm
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Julia deVille. Brooch: Cross Bones. Gold, Black Rhodium. Julia deVille
Brooch: Cross Bones
Gold, Black Rhodium
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Julia deVille. Earrings: Onyx Earring with Hair. Onyx, Silver, Human Hair. Julia deVille
Earrings: Onyx Earring with Hair
Onyx, Silver, Human Hair
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Statement

I am an Australian citizen living in Melbourne, originally from New Zealand and known Nationally and Internationally for my contemporary art and craft practice. My work is highly profiled and recognisable for its distinctive combination of taxidermy and jewellery as well as its strong animal rights themes.

I am fascinated with the aesthetic used to communicate mortality in the Memento Mori period of the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, as well as the methods the Victorians used to sentimentalise death with adornment.

I work in traditional gold and silversmithing techniques, combined with materials that were once living such as jet, a petrified wood historically used in Victorian Mourning jewellery, human hair and most importantly, taxidermy. I use these materials as a Memento Mori, or reminder of our mortality.

My work ranges from one-off jewellery pieces using taxidermy animals, to taxidermy animal sculptures that are adorned with jewellery materials and techniques.

I incorporate the symbols of death throughout my work because I think it is important to identify with the concept that we are mortal creatures. I believe if we can accept our own mortality, we can in turn appreciate the significance of life.

As a strict vegetarian, I consider my taxidermy to be a celebration of life, a preservation of something beautiful. I feel strongly about the fair and just treatment of animals and to accentuate this point I use only animals that have died of natural causes.

Bio:

In a then New Land nearly as south as one can go before starting to go north again and during a meteor shower, our prescient protagonist Julia deVille was born to a Nurse and a Wild Man.
 
Her tenacious eyes remained closed for twenty-seven days after her pudendal entry into this tactile dimension. The Nurse informed us that there was nothing worthy of first glance until this auspicious day. For at this most malleable and life changing moment, the chimerical JdV could sense with her tiny eyelashes, the very gleaming thing that was to be her purpose in this lifetime… The Wild Man had returned home from a subaqueous marauding expedition. Still half dressed in diving suit, helmet under arm and steeped in brine, he presented to the Nurse the most precious and inestimable jewel that any of them had ever laid sight upon. Especially our newly voyant JdV!
 
From this moment on our heroine, dotingly named Jules, after her novel affection for all things aureate, directed her germination toward alchemical preoccupations. And her environment was equally encouraging of such endeavours…
 
The Wild Man wore a gentleman’s moustache on his top lip and taught his cherished protégé the value of being uncommon.
He introduced her to the deceased when she was but a pup. When she shook an elderly lady’s limp left hand, asking, “how do you do?” our juvenile JdV concluded that the human form is merely a repository… a vessel containing something far more transmundane. This insight allowed her to flourish, free from fear of expiration, for one cannot undergo the psycho-spiritual transmutation necessary to become alchemist, when inhibited by morbid trepidation.
 
The Nurse was like the folds of the universe, which JdV lay within and all became still. Both Matriarch and Creator, the Nurse taught her Delphian progeny the art of silence and flawless unconditional love; obligatory apparatus for even the most basic of alchemical incantations.
 
As centuries rolled by, JdV refined her talismanic skills in clandestine, apprenticing under of the greatest and most formidable masters ever known (and often unknown).
 
In the mid 19th Century, deVille quietly emerged from her draconian education as master alchemist, with soul almost all in tact. Queen Victoria soon thereafter enlisted our new métier alchimisté as her principal goldsmith. With Queen V’s patronage and friendship, JdV was able to create the most exceptional and heartbreaking regalia. Together they made mourning a fashionable devotional trend. All jewels were ebon to couple the Monarch’s grief from her recent bereavement; jet (both true and French), obsidian and prized black diamonds took spotlight.
 
One winter at the cusp of the 20th Century, Victoria became increasingly absent, spending her time in solitude at the royal residence on the Isle of Wight, and in 1901 she passed. God rest our blessed Queens's soul! JdV mourned her Majesty and then moved on, burgeoning her palette beyond raven’s pitch. She discovered a luminous universe brilliant with shimmering gems of all colours and diversitiés. Out of death, our fabled sorceress fashioned gorgeous new life!
 
Throughout the years deVille cultivated her skills and unceasingly reinvented her approach. The collections you behold in this little web suspended non-physical shoppe, are the culmination of centuries of autodidactic and apprenticed lessons. Every jewel has a story to tell and each story is pavé set into our beloved JdV's heart. The most ostensible instruction our benevolent founder acquired from this epoch of both personal and professional transubstantiation, is one of love – she was conceived of it and must exit congruously. So our little factory, simply, is devoted to that most fundamental heart shaped emoticon. Here we craft seeds of devotion and love relics just for you. And might I add, not just in matrimony do we intend the use of these precious jewels. Love is also for child and for consciousness. Devotion, unto oneself and one's Creator. We specialise in every amorous application!
It is the destiny of Julia deVille and all of us here under her ordinance, to facilitate and proliferate your personal love story into amuletic palpability. / Scout Jean-Baptisté, Familiar, council and biographer to Julia deVille
 


Julia deVille new showroom.

Location: Melbourne, Australia.
By appointment only: enquiries@discemori.com
 
On the eve of the sixth new moon of MMXVI, down below our little alchemical laboratory in Melbourne’s Colling-Woods, we proudly opened the doors to our nouveau subaqueous locutorium. A moist place governed by an octopus and devoted to the facilitation of personalised jewels for devout patrons, such as yourself!
 
Due to our often-nocturnal schedule, we are receiving visitors to our locutorium via appointment only. You are welcome to contact us so that we may arrange a date and divulge directions to our clandestine subaqueous locale.
 
Fear not, my most apprehensive guest! Diving suit and breathing gas will of course be provided and our dear friends at Hendrick’s have bequeathed us as much gin & tonic as you may require to help ease any underwater aversion. And if all the breathing gas and gin cause you to feel lightheaded, we have saccharine nourishments to pique your sanguineous sucrose levels.
 
Everything (or should I say everyone) will be taken care of to make your experience as agreeable as possible. Some of us are quite shy here in our little factory but we will be appropriately tranquilised so as not to startle so easily upon eye contact or human touch. Others here (namely the ones involved in the production of our black diamonds) can be quite terrifying and ferocious. Alas, they will receive extra sedation to ensure your security and enjoyment.
 

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2015:
Exhibition  07 Jul 2015 - 01 Aug 2015  Lullaby by Julia deVille.
Exhibition  24 Jan 2015 - 10 May 2015  Beauty of the Beast: Jewellery and Taxidermy.
2013:
Exhibition  04 Nov 2013 - 15 Nov 2013  Pushing Boundaries & Chasing Challenges.
Exhibition  22 Oct 2013 - 09 Nov 2013  Julia deVille: Can The Voices Of The Living Be Heard By The Dead?.
2012:
Exhibition  22 Oct 2012 - 03 Nov 2012  Julia deVille: Bequeath.
Exhibition  24 Jul 2012 - 01 Sep 2012  Julia deVille: Sarcophagus.
Meeting  10 Feb 2012 - 13 Feb 2012  JEMposium.
2010:
Exhibition  28 Jul 2010 - 21 Aug 2010  Julia deVille: Night's Plutonian Shore.
2008:
Exhibition  30 Oct 2008 - 29 Nov 2008  Julia deVille: Ossuarium.

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Book:  New Necklaces: 400+ Contemporary Designs. Estrada, Nicolas.  Promopress:  United Kingdom,  2016
Book:  New Earrings: 500+ designs from around the world. Estrada, Nicolas.  Thames & Hudson:  Untied Kingdom,  2013
Book:  Design Behind Desire. Faramehmedia:  2012
Book:  New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World by Nicolas Estrada. Estrada, Nicolas.  Thames & Hudson:  United Kingdom,  2011
Catalogue:  Wattle, Australian Contemporary Art. The Cat Street Gallery:  2011
Book:  Just Must. International Jewellery Art Exhibition. Kodres, Krista; Veenre, Tanel; et. al..  Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2008
Book:  Bijoux. Illustration et Design. Maomao Publications:  2008
Book:  New Directions In Jewellery 2. Black Dog Publishing:  London,  2006
Book:  Handmade in Melbourne. Geoff Slattery Publishing:  2006
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