Ingenuity and creativity, this is how the jury described Julie Williston’s stand at the Salon des métiers d’art du Québec. The Moncton jewelry artist won the prestigious award for visual presentation among nearly 200 exhibitors.
The Acadian graduate of the École de joaillerie de Montréal makes her first solo appearance at the Salon des métiers d’art du Québec. Nearly 200 professional Quebec artists and craftsmen will gather at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium through December 18.
Julie Williston, who launched her artisan jewelry business, Minuit Métal, in 2019, presents her gold and silver creations arranged on small clay structures. Mirrors and lighting accompany the set.
“My booth has been living in my living room for almost two months.
I made many prototypes to find how to integrate the clay pieces into the structure of my kiosk to be able to present my jewelry in my image. It’s a bit like being an artist, we get lost in our imagination. There my work is presented in front of an audience that confirms that I am not crazy!
The jury of the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec, who visited all the kiosks, awarded him the prize for visual presentation for the design of his space. By presenting her award, she highlighted the ingenuity and creativity shown by the artisan in the design of her space. The jury unanimously highlighted that “the artisan knew how to highlight her production while being consistent with the refined and modern aspect of her creations.”
Julie Williston, who did not expect to receive so much praise for her visual presentation, is delighted to see her work being recognized by her peers and the public. Having founded her company in 2019, the emerging artist has only been sharing her work for a few years.
“First, it validates what I do, it is an aesthetic that attracts other artists, a jury and the general public. It’s really good to be recognized and it’s still prestigious to be recognized by the Conseil des métiers d’art du Québec.”
Your price also includes an invitation to the next Craft Fair in 2023. Your exhibitor costs will then be covered.
She hopes that this distinction and the visibility it gives her will one day allow her to do this job full time.
Julie Williston in front of her booth at the Quebec Craft Fair. – Courtesy
After completing a master’s degree in women’s history and working for a press release distribution company in Montreal, Julie Williston refocused her professional life. It was by taking a jewelry course in Montreal for fun that she developed a true passion for jewelry creation. After a few months, she left her job to study full time at the École de joaillerie de Montréal.
Her jewels are miniature sculptures that explore wearable shapes and textures. She is inspired by the maritime landscape of his native region, the cliffs of the Bay of Fundy, the waves, the ebb and flow of the tide.
“Everything I do is really organic. People see all kinds of shapes in my jewelry, there is nothing literal about making jewelry, I just create shapes, waves. It’s fun to see everyone interpret my jewelry in a different way.”
He works with precious metals, gold and silver to create his high-end jewelry. It also incorporates stones and precious objects.
“I work a lot on the unique piece, so I’m going to take rough stones (like a sapphire) and create a jewel around it.”
Since the beginning of the fair, its space has attracted the attention of visitors.
“It’s great visibility and I’ll be here again next year.”
The name of his company refers to his beginnings when he had a full-time job and worked in his workshop mostly at night. In addition to his website, his pieces can be seen in some boutiques and galleries in Montreal, Bathurst and Saint-Jean.