“A piece of jewellery can be a story, a memory, a talisman...”
Dominique Bréchault lives and works in Vancouver, BC. Born and raised in France, she moved to Canada after completing her university studies. She holds a Masters Degree in Art History and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Medieval Civilization from the University of Poitiers, France. In 1987, she graduated with honours in photography at Emily Carr College of Art and Design, and in 1992, she received a Diploma in Jewellery Art & Design from Vancouver Community College.
For the past twenty years Dominique has been teaching continuing education jewellery classes and workshops in various locations, including the Vancouver School Board and Vancouver Community College. Some other work experiences include: commission of jewellery pieces for the film industry, lectures, and adjudication of jewellery competitions.
D. Bréchault has participated in many exhibitions, nationally and internationally, including a solo exhibition at Crafthouse Gallery in Vancouver, Made by Hand, Silver Edition, Glass and Metal and Efflorescence II at the Canadian Craft Museum, Metal Minded and Argentum XXV at Crafthouse Gallery, Metal with Mettle at Harbourfront in Toronto; in Tokyo, Japan, Precious Ornaments III, and Current Views in Seattle. Some of her pieces are now part of private collections in France, in Japan, and in South Korea.
“I see jewellery as more than body ornament. A piece of jewellery is an expression of something I want to say. A piece of jewellery can be a story, a memory, a talisman, a reliquary. Here is what inspires me and some of the themes I enjoy working on: mythology and architecture, alchemy, nature, the passing of the seasons, memories, walking. I create all kinds of jewellery pieces: earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, pendants, and rings, as well as more sculptural pieces or small objects, such as lockets and boxes.”