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Jewelery, stained-glass cards and sculptures in the library at the Prairie

Édith Springuel and Elsa Corteza, two artists who lived in La Prairie and Saint-Lambert, exhibited their works at the Leo-Lecavalier Library in La Prairie until August 30. In both cases, they draw their creative material from nature.


Mrs. Springuel presents stained-glass cards in which, as the name suggests, colored glass is used.

“My son got married and I could not find any nice cards to offer him. This is where the idea of these cards was born. I took rocks and wood that I used to amass during my stays in the Gaspé. Afterwards I figured that by incorporating light, it would be more beautiful. I then used stained glass. I cut, according to the shape of the glass, holes in the cardboard and I glue the glass on, “says Mrs. Springuel.

“People love the simplicity of my work,” she continues. Putting the stained-glass cards in the window leads to calmness. The reflection of light changes according to the time of day. ”

She follows in a way the traces of her grandfather who was a stained-glass window (manufacturer of stained-glass windows).

On each card there is a sentence that she takes care to compose and then print it on a self-adhesive plastic.

“These thoughts are like mantras,” she says.Édith Springuel also offers in this exhibition small sculptures of stones assembled by collage.

“These rocks are by no means reworked, polished or painted. They are varnished. There are the natural features of the rock made by nature. When I pick them up, it’s an observation job that I do, “she says.

When a petal becomes jewel

Elsa Corteza took place the idea of taking vegetables to turn them into jewelry by watching her boyfriend repair surfboards.”He added leaves and petals on the planks while we were staying in Mexico,” says Corteza.

Arriving in Canada in 2003, she has been producing earrings, bracelets and necklaces since 2005. It is by applying successive layers of resin that she transforms, for example, a rose petal in pendant.

“Not all types of plants are suitable for resin. There are many types of flowers where it does not work because of their degree of humidity. The element must be completely dry. Moisture causes a reaction in the resin and the flower can react badly. For example, the lilac will turn brown. That’s why I use a lot of rose petals, they are resistant, “explains the jeweler.

Bark, wood, seeds and roots can also be transformed into jewelery.Before the resin is dried, Elsa Corteza cuts the pieces with scissors to give the desired shape to the jewel.

She is one of the few artists to live with her art. Her boyfriend joins her in producing her articles.”Between us, we made, in 2016, 3000 pairs of earrings,” she said.His creations are found in various shops and trade fairs. They can also be obtained on its website.

A gallery and a book to the glory of “flower jewels”

Ruby petals, emerald leaves, stamens of pure gold, stems of silver or platinum: at all times, flowers have inspired generations of jewelers.

On the Rue de Rivoli, in Paris, there is a magnificent hanging garden, unknown, but one that can be visited. This “lopin” of 260 m2, very precious, would give complexes to the gigantic Tuileries, a few steps away, as its flowers are extraordinary. Petals of rubies, emerald leaves, stamens of pure gold, stems of silver or platinum, the residents of the Galerie des Bijoux, home to the Museum of Decorative Arts on the first floor, would convince the most urban To get into botany.

Chaperoned by the Van Cleef & Arpels School, which in the Place Vendôme has been organizing initiation workshops for this precious art for four years, the gallery is now equipped with a collection of books listing the various pieces, It conceals.

Flore, the first volume, resumes with happiness the very rich flower-beds of this corridor, stretched with dark velvet. Here one follows with delight the inspirations of the centuries, baroque with the “giardinetti” who hung floral baskets to the ears of women, wiser under the first Empire, unbridled under the second (diamond mines were discovered in South Africa) , Botanical under Art Nouveau, stylized under the Art Deco. Extra gift, the photos are amazing!