Julia deVille

Jeweller
Published: 06.04.2014
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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Necklace: Pavé Rook, 2009
Silver 925, marcasite, black sapphire
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Necklace: Pavé Rook, 2009
Silver 925, marcasite, black sapphire
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Cufflinks: Finch, 2010
Sterling Silver
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Ring: Bone Ring Victorian, 2011
Gold, White Gold, Sapphire, Diamonds
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Ring: Vault, 2011
White Gold, Black Diamonds
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Ring: Black 2, 2012
White Gold, Black Diamonds, Black Rhodium
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Ring: Bondage Lily, 2011
Silver, Cubic Zirconia
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Ring: Bone, 2011
Silver
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Ring: Castle, 2011
Silver, Black Rhodium, Black Sapphires
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Ring: Deco Ring with Skulls, 2012
White Gold, Black and White Diamonds
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Ring: Double Victorian Solitaire, 2013
Silver, Black Rhodium, Garnet
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Ring: Loyalty, 2013
White Gold, Black Rhodium, Diamonds
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Ring: Victorian Solitaire with Leaves, 2012
White Gold, Old Cut Diamond
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Wrist Piece: Gargoyle, 2012
Silver
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Ring: Disce Mori Ring Poison, 2012
Rose Gold, Tsavorite Garnets
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Ring: Elisabeth Ring Royal, 2012
White Gold, Sapphires, Cognac Diamonds
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Ring: Medieval Engagement, 2012
White Gold, Sapphire, Cognac Diamonds
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Ring: 19th Century, 2012
White Gold, Black Sapphires
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Ring: Midnight, 2012
White Gold, Black Sapphires, Black Diamonds, Star Diopside
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Bracelet: Bone Bracelet Large, 2012
Silver
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Ring: Double Medieval Engagement Ring, 2012
White Gold, Cognac Diamonds
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Ring: Mourning Ring Elisabeth, 2012
White Gold, Sapphires
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Ring: Mourning Ring Royal, 2012
White Gold, Sapphires, Cognac Diamonds
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Ring: My Three Engagements, 2012
White Gold, Cognac Diamonds
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Ring: Collection of rings on deer antler, 2012
Diverse
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Object: INRI, 2012
Parrot, Sapphires, Antique Cross
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Object: Rattus, 2012
Rat, Garnets, Antique Gravy Boat
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Object: Victorian Cat Mummy, 2012
Cat, Glass, Victorian baby boots and cape, Linen, Lace, Silver
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Object: Lamentation, 2012
Lamb, Rubies, Antique Silver Platter
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Object: Élan Vital, 2012
Lamb, Pearls, Rubies, Silver, Diamonds, Glass
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Object: Vanilla, 2012
Chick, Onyx, Antique Ice Cream Scoop
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Object: Genocide, 2012
Finches, Black Diamonds, Silver
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Object: Peter, 2012
Rabbit, Silver, Glass
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Object: Grief, 2012
Lamb, Leather, Victorian Baby Boots, Silver, Glass
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Object: The Sacrifice, 2012
Finch, Black Diamonds, Wedgewood Jug
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Object: Gåteau, 2012
Kitten, Glass, Antique Cake Stand
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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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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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Object: Consciousness, 2012
Stillborn deer, glass, sterling silver, bronze, gold plate, leather, antique silver plate platter
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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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Brooch: Sparrow, 2009
Silver 925, Sparrow wing
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Earrings: Lily, 2010
White gold, black diamonds, green quartz
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Necklace: Blood Rosary, 2009
Black garnet, silver 925
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Ring: Medieval, 2010
White gold, Old Diamonds
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Ring: Mourning
White gold, old diamonds
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Piece: Sarcophagus brooch with skeleton bracelet, 2008
Antique Box, 925
Brooch & Bracelet
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Cufflinks: Calvinism, 2008
Silver 925, black rhodium
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Cufflinks: Mouse Links, 2008
Silver 925, black rhodium, diamonds
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Necklace: Pearl Skull Fob, 2009
Akoya pearls, silver 925, black rhodium
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Ring: Nanna's Engagement Ring, 2008
Silver 925, black rhodium, diamonds
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Ring: Alex Louise, 2008
White gold, diamonds
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Ring: Claw, 2009
Silver 925, black sapphire
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Ring: Claw, 2009
Silver 925, black sapphire
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Ring: Prey, 2008
silver 925, black sapphire
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Ring: Royal Skull, 2009
Silver 925, black and white sapphire
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Ring: Emerald City, 2008
White gold, emeralds
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Object: Repositories, 2008
Jarrah, silver 925
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Object: Silver Rook, 2008
Silver 925, rubies
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Object: The Anatomy of a Rabbit, 2008
Silver 925, rubies, rabbit, mahogany
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Brooch: Mechanical Wing
Kingfisher Wing, silver
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Brooch: Bird Skull, 2004
Bird Skull, cubic zirconia, sterling silver
5 x 2.5 x 3 cm
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Piece: Bird Shoulder Piece
Starling, Gold Leaf, Sapphires, Leather
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Brooch: Sparrow
Sparrow, Silver, Gold
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Brooch: Gunclub, 2004
Mouse, diamonds, jet, 9ct gold
3.5 x.2.5 x3 cm
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Brooch: Gunclub, 2004
Mouse, diamonds, jet, 9ct gold
3.5 x.2.5 x3 cm
Back view
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Brooch: Mouse
Mouse, Emeralds, Silver
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Object: Prey, 2004
Sterling silver, mouse, natural topaz
9 x 4 x 2cm
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Piece: Trophy Mouse
Mouse, Jet, Gold, Glass
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Brooch: Art Nouveau Skull
Silver, Velvet, Ivory
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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
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Brooch: Jet mourning, 2004
Jet, 9ct gold
4 x 2 x 2 cm
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Ring: All My Engagements
Gold, Rubies
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Ring: All My Engagements
Gold, Rubies
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Brooch: Bird Claw, 2006
Sterling silver, black rhodium plate, Keshi pearl
9 x 4 x 2 cm
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Brooch: Cross Bones
Gold, Black Rhodium
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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.

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