Annie recently started selling some of her jewellery on her Etsy shop, but you will mostly have to contact her directly through her website if you are interested in buying one of her pieces, or to discuss a custom order. Annie also has a blog where she tells us more about her jewellery design process, and the story behind the stones.
Me:Can you tell in a few words a little bit about yourself?
Annie: Born and raised in North of the province of Quebec, I came to Montreal for my studies. I got involved in a variety of fields such as tourism, law, psychology and art history. When I moved in Montreal, I stopped my ballet classes although it was my first “calling”. My parents having my best financial interest at heart were convinced that I would not make a living out of it and maybe they were right... On the other hand, I have the qualifications to be a lawyer and I don’t make a living out it either! Lol!
Me: How did you come to jewellery design?
Annie: At a very young age, I was using many different media for painting and sculpting. Mother introduced me to beading and I loved it. The problem is I loved it so much that Mother soon discovered it was quite an expensive hobby for such a young girl and since I was involved in so many other activities, I let it go and concentrated on ballet. Many years later I got back to it as I couldn’t find the kind of body adornment I was looking for so I decided to make them myself. It immediately created a buzz at the office where I was working at the time and I instantly started to make sales and got special orders for special events. So I did some specific designs for weddings, proms, banquets and such.
Me: Where do you get your inspiration?
Annie: Of course, since I work with rocks mother nature is a big source of inspiration for me. But mainly, music is what brings all these fantastic images to my head. It creates in me a state where I can travel inside myself and pull out what pops into my head. That is a very exhilarating process for me. Of course, there’s also the costumes of different eras and cultures that play a big role into it too!
Me: What are your goals?
Annie: I would love to get to design elaborate jewellery for theatre play, movies and why not fashion show. As I prefer to put my time in a big project since it gets me in the “flow” I think it would be the best venue for me since these elaborate jewellery cannot be worn everyday.
Me: Do you believe in your lucky star?
Annie: I believe that everything in life happens for a specific purpose. There is such a thing as freewill but the fact is that luck and coincidence are in my views part of my path as it is in everyone’s life. Being aware of it is what I believe in and being open to receive it is my biggest challenge as I don’t always see it...
Me: Do you have periods of doubts?
Annie: I wouldn’t call it doubts. I would say that I lose track of myself when I get caught in the day to day trivia. Just like everyone else I guess, when I’m stressed about the money issue or when there’s a situation going on with family or friends, I tend to get trapped in it and somehow, I lose the connection with the creative source.
Me: How do you deal with those periods of doubts?
Annie: I withdraw, I clean, I reorganise. Go to museum, theatre, cinema and chit chat with the girlz... :-)
Me: What method do you use to find your energy?
Annie: Bodywork and energy work is the best for me.
Me: Is it effective?
Annie: Very much so! And I love to be pampered! Lol!
Me: What is your motto in life?
Annie: « My life is my message »