Julie Bégin evolves in the world of arts and culture. She first tasted international success as a makeup designer for fashion and the performing arts, acquiring global experience. Her creative qualities and perfectionism are appreciated by Cirque du Soleil, the dance company La La La Human Steps, designers Helmut Lang and Balenciaga, and pop star Madonna amongst others.
In 2013, Julie decided to live a new passion, the creation of contemporary jewellery. Following 3 years of professional training in Montreal, Julie continues taking part in multiple professional development courses on subjects such as metallurgy, computer jewellery design, or the use of non-conventional materials with masters like Charles Lewton-Brain, the great jewellery and silversmithing theorist, and internationally renowned artist Peter Hoogeboom.
Driven by the desire to create sober and refined objects, Julie’s first collection, The Modernist, was inspired by the architectural movement of the same name. The composition of her first pieces, minimalist and stripped of all superfluous decorative element, is characterized by the simple and harmonious combination of materials, strong lines and the use of negative space, which in turn becomes object, substance.
Her second collection, Shou Sugi Ban, inspired by an ancient Japanese technique, is part of a symbolic approach, where the use of charred wood evokes a profound and intimate personal transformation. The burnt wood elements are married with sterling silver, in an understated and graceful composition.
Julie Bégin considers the universe to be a harmonious and orderly system, and this is how she addresses her creations, utilizing precious metals, pearls, and other more unusual materials to create contemporary objects of subtle elegance.
Julie’s objective is to create a timeless jewel of simple and sophisticated design, with a perfect balance between the best technical manufacturing and highest-quality materials, produced with respect for humans and the environment.