Écrin des Muses – the creative process

Posted by Kate Hubley on March 25, 2014 in

A collection of fine jewelry inspired by 5 passionate Montreal women

Creative Meetings – sparking inspiration

Our Écrin des Muses custom jewelry project is in full swing.

In this post, I want to share the creative process for custom jewelry. The first step is getting to know the person you’re designing for. This is always fun.

Since this was the first time I had met any of the women who would be my muses, we held creative evenings in the studio. Very relaxed and informal with a few goodies, like this cake called Lingot (French for ingot ) with gold flecks. As a jeweller, I couldn’t resist!

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To break the ice, everyone filled out a playful questionnaire, with questions about why they blog, their favourite shoes and the weirdest thing in their purse. We also wanted to know what they love most about Montreal and Quebec. Here is Camille Dg, of Le Cahier. She has a GoPro in her bag, we found out.

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We spent time looking in my jewelry books (Gabrielle from Mode 34B  has some questions about the science of gemmology)…

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We also browsed through the Pinterest boards on Quebec I had put together especially for our creative evenings. (Pinterest is a great place to start for design inspiration.)

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Camille brought Marc – and he really got into the creative process too!

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Carrie, Camille, Gabrielle and Cindy Lou were all able to come to our creative evenings. Marie-Annick and I met at Venti in Old Montreal for a creative lunch. Absolutely perfect.

By the end of our creative meetings, I got a really good sense of everyone and have summed up the design direction I am going to take for each. Here is it:

Carrie – Pearls, colour, art deco. No red stones. Perhaps moss agate? A necklace or earrings.
Camille – Chevrons, classic, not much colour. No red or pink. A statement piece close to her neck.
Gabrielle – Geometry, Expo 67, “classy is the original black”. A long necklace with versatility.
Cindy Lou – Filigree, nature, art nouveau.  A hair piece with Eudialyte, a beautiful stone from Abitibi
Marie-Annick – Funky, fun, edgy. A double ring, with the same kind energy as Montreal’s most creative events

This is Eudalite, by the way. Isn’t it pretty?

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The jewelry sketches are almost done. I will be sending them to our 5 fashion bloggers (our muses) in the next day or two. I can’t wait to see which designs they choose. Once they’ve decided, I’ll share them with you too. So stay tuned!

So follow me – and follow the evolution of our project:

TWITTER : twitter.com/K8Jewelry
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/K8Jewelry
SITE : K8Bijoux.com

Remember to follow the wonderful women involved in Écrin des Muses project:

Carrie McPherson
TWITTER : twitter.com/eatdrinkbcarrie
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/Zurbaines
SITE : zurbaines.com

Camille Dg
TWITTER : https://twitter.com/CamilleDg
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/bloguelecahier
BLOG : LeCahier.com

Gabrielle Regimbal
FACEBOOK : https://www.facebook.com/mode34b
TWITTER : https://twitter.com/mode34b
BLOG : www.mode34b.com

Cindy Lou
TWITTER : twitter.com/CindyLou
FACEBOOK : facebook.com/mode.trotter
BLOG : modetrotterblog.com


Marie-Annick Boisvert
TWITTER : twitter.com/marianik1968
FACEBOOK : www.facebook.com/marianik
BLOG : marianik.com