portrait - Charlotte Fontaine

charlotte fontaine

Time seems to stop. I am standing in my workshop, a beautiful space that is full of light whatever the weather outside. My inspiration comes from nature and from my vision of the world outside. Creativity is a balance between the deep need to free creative forces and the pleasure of playing with matter. It's a dialog between hands and soul. I’m trying to generate emotions through my jewellery. Something slowly emerges that gathers power through time, as the creation process progresses. I connect with raw matter to understand it better, to make it mine and find a common ground with it. The jewel takes on a form, transforms. I journey with it, and then I let it escape so it is born and tamed by the person wearing it. A jewel is an intimate object and discloses an aspect of our personality. We choose to show it or keep it to ourselves like a secret.

I experiment by playing with metal and mixing different types of materials. By seeing the contrast between raw matter coming out of the oven, a flower, a seed or a shape made out of wax and the softness that comes from this shape, I find the essence of my work.

My jewels are mysteries that slowly become treasures. Decorative objects that are worn on the body, for the heart. They are asking to be picked up and held. The eyes touch the jewel and follow its shape, a balance between femininity and lightness. Opposites meet - shade and light, empty and full, outside and inside. On one side, ligns are harmonious, soft and full. On the other, a more brutal depth intrigues. Strength is born from frailness.

photo: Thierry Jayet

CURRICULUM VITAE

Born in Geneva on September 14th 1981

Formation

2008-2010

  • IUFE (Institut Universitaire de Formation des Enseignants), University of Geneva. Master of Arts in Secondary Education, MASE

2004-2006

  • Ecole Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Geneva. Certificate for teaching art

2000-2004

  • Haute Ecole d’Arts Appliqués, Geneva, Switzerland. Diploma HES, jewelry and product designer.

2003

  • Exchange semester, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Pforzheim, Germany

2000

  • Baccalauréat, Bulle, Fribourg.

Exhibitions

2013

  • Fonderie Kugler, Geneva

2012

  • Kenko Hoshi, Geneva

2011

  • Espace Cheminée Nord, Geneva
  • Event Dentelles & Perceuses, Atelier6, Renens

2009

  • KultS, Berlin, Allemagne
  • Espace Cheminée Nord, Geneva

2008

  • Galerie V&V, Vienne, Austria
  • Galerie Yvart, Yverdon, Switzerland

2007

  • Gallery Salon, ex-Usine Kugler, Geneva
  • Gallery Jan Ken Poï, Geneva

2006

  • Label No Comment, Geneva
  • Artichoses, Vevey

2005

  • Gallery Beatrice Lang, Berne, Switzerland
  • Gallery V&V, Vienne, Austria
  • Artichoses, Vevey

2004

  • Graduates Show, Gallery Marzee, Nijmegen, Hollande
  • Diploma exhibition, New Tech Center, Geneva
  • Artichoses, Bâle
  • Centre Lez’arts, Geneva

2002

  • «Art Jewellery in Switzerland in the 20th Century», Landesmuseum, Zurich*
  • «Art Jewellery in Switzerland in the 20th Century», Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Geneva*
  • «Bijou d’appartenance au Club des Pies», Gallery Tactile, Geneva
  • * Catalogue