Julie Bégin

Published: 14.01.2021

Julie Bégin is a multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal, Canada, active in contemporary jewelry and object design. Through pared-down forms and materials, she creates designs of subtle elegance inspired by systems theory. 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. Her work has been showcased in Canada and abroad and can be found in private collections worldwide.


Inspired by systems theory and the notion of interdependence, the relationship between humans and their environment is at the center 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.

About Envy collection
With her current series Envy, Julie Bégin takes a look at the consumerist viewpoint of our planet. Each piece is composed of salvaged wood sculpted and charred by hand, recycled sterling silver, and emeralds. These materials are assembled in compositions that evoke the escalating extent to which nature is transformed by human actions, destabilizing the long-standing balance of our ecosystems.

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Exhibition  28 Aug 2021 - 02 Oct 2021  Beauty and Wonder, Jewelry in Neuchâtel.
Exhibition  22 May 2021 - 03 Jul 2021  Beauty and Wonder, jewelry.
Exhibition  18 Nov 2020 - 10 Jan 2021  Spent.
Galerie Lewis, Quebec, Canada.
Exhibition  19 Mar 2020 - 24 Mar 2020  Tincal lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy at ROJW2020.
Exhibition  12 Mar 2020 - 23 Apr 2020  Disrupt.
CCBC Gallery, Vancouver, Canada.
Exhibition  22 Jan 2020 - 02 Mar 2020  Placement.
Mary E. Black Gallery, Halifax, Canada.
Exhibition  19 Dec 2019 - 23 Dec 2019  Year-End Exhibition.
Centre Materia, Quebec, Canada.
Exhibition  14 Dec 2019 - 20 Jan 2020  Ornement(ation).
Galerie Lewis, Quebec, Canada.
Exhibition  09 Nov 2019 - 31 Dec 2019  Tincal lab Challenge 2019: Jewelry and Anatomy.
Exhibition  11 Nov 2017 - 31 Dec 2017  Tincal lab Challenge 2017. Jewelry and Music.
Exhibition  13 Jul 2017 - 27 Aug 2017  2017 Masters and Artisan Jewellers From Nanjing to Montreal.
Musée des Maîtres et Artisans du Québec, Montreal, Canada.
Exhibition  29 Mar 2017 - 02 Apr 2017  One of A Kind.
Enercare Centre, Toronto, Canada.
Exhibition  13 Nov 2016 - 21 Dec 2016  Small Formats Exhibition.
Maison Antoine-Lacombe, Saint-Charles-Borromée, Canada.

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Catalogue:  Placement Exhibition Catalogue. Grace LaemmlerCanada,  2020
Catalogue:  Tincal Lab Challenge 2019 Jewelry and Anatomy. Ana PinaPorto, Portugal,  2019
Exhibition catalogue.
Catalogue:  Masters and Artisan Jewellers From Nanjing to Montreal. Maëlle BrogardCanada,  2017
Exhibition catalogue.
Catalogue:  Tincal Lab Challenge 2017 Jewelry and Music. Ana PinaPorto, Portugal,  2017
Exhibition catalogue.
Article:  Meet a Jeweller. Olga PlakhovaLOFT bijoux:  2017
Interview:  Julie Bégin: alchimiste d’anti-fast fashion. Gabrielle Lisa CollardCentre Phi:  2017
Article:  Styles de soirée: le lancement de la collection de bijoux de Julie Bégin. Elsa VecchiHuffington Post Quebec:  2016