Guillemette Vulin - Jewellery designer
About my designer course and my workshop
Born in France in 1976, Guillemette Vulin has lived in Switzerland since 1996.
During the course of her studies at Geneva School of Art and Design (HEAD–Genève) in the jewellery / object design section, she spent one semester as an exchange student at Rhode Island School of Design (USA) in 1998, allowing her to further develop her artistic and technical skills. She graduated from HEAD–Genève in 2000.
Since then, Guillemette has worked as a freelance designer from her studio, where she also organizes events. She has participated too in group and solo exhibitions, for example, at the Annick Zufferey Gallery in Carouge, and exhibited at various art markets in Switzerland and France. Some of her pieces have been acquired by museums for their contemporary jewellery collections and can be seen at the Museum of Art and History (MAH) in Geneva and at MUDAC, the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts in Lausanne.
She set up the collective open workshops at îlot 13 in Geneva, an annual event in her district, which promotes the work of local artists and artisans.
Jewellery is an object that we wear; it’s a way of appropriating the body, to adorn it for a time, for an occasion. The object we choose gives us an identity and signifies our belonging to a style, a group, or a culture.
I like to do what I want with materials and sometimes let myself be surprised by what they become in my hands. Some "happy" accidents help me advance my research into forms and materials. This way of working gives added strength to the creative process.
All my jewellery is handcrafted, and I produce small series of unique pieces on chosen themes. No assembled jewellery here! Everything is made in my studio right down to the clasps.
For me, objects and jewellery are an important part of our lives and I like the idea of participating in and contributing to contemporary creation in my own way.
Located in Rue de Montbrillant, with its evocative name recalling the former diamond polishing workshops here, my studio is in the Grottes district behind Geneva train station. The studio is part of the îlot 13 district with its vibrant community of residents, artists and artisans.
Set amidst a park and a garden, I look forward to welcoming you to this dynamic and friendly place that inspires creativity.