Chantel Gushue


Dartmouth, NS, Canada

3.5 x 4 x 1.5 inches

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Flatpack Gemstones are a manifestation of the relationship between the actual and the desired. These gemstones are crafted from common and readily available paper. Through the technique of folding, the paper is transformed into intricate and multi-faceted three-dimensional objects that generate a feeling of desire, luxury, and rarity associated with mined or lab-created gemstones. Despite lacking the same material value as mineral gemstones, Flatpack Gemstones provide a tangible representation of the desired and offer the wearer an opportunity to appreciate the beauty of gemstones while simultaneously participating in a discourse on the financial and social issues often associated with them.

Chantel holds a BFA from NSCAD University and an MFA from MassArt. Her academic pursuits centered around intricately weaving connections between the growth of crystals and the complexities of the human condition. She maintains an active studio practice while championing projects giving international exposure to the Canadian art jewellery community.

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