Gillian Hillerud (Calgary, AB) became interested in jewellery making while traveling in Southeast Asia, where she became fascinated with the act of adornment. Gillian began her studies in the jewellery and small object design program at the Kootenay School of the Arts in 2003. She then transferred to the Alberta College of Art + Design completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. Gillian’s work has been shown throughout Europe, Korea, the United States and Canada. She was the 2009 recipient of the Alberta Craft Council’s Award of Achievement.
Her delicate paper and pearls series is the result of her fascination with material. Paper adds an element of softness, bringing color and texture to the work, while precious metals and pearls speak to Gillian’s love of detail and ornamentation. The untraditional pairing of the precious and non-precious materials combine to create this unique jewellery that has been recognized with awards for Gillian’s innovative use of pearls. Because the work contains paper, it needs special care and cannot be wet or soiled.
Made only of sterling silver, Gillian’s “simplified” line of jewellery focuses on clean lines and references her commonly utilized forms. Delicate in shape and weight, these pieces speak to the minimalist in us.
Each piece I make begins with the drawn line. This is where I receive the inspiration to create form and beauty for the body. The drawn line is classic and clean, while remaining strong and direct. This current body of work is a marriage between the drawn line and the power if repetition. These strong and weighted necklaces retain their femininity with each delicate individual component.