By Mary Anne Petrella
Drawing heavily from a background in Art History, Virginie Turcot-Lamarre’s self-taught approach to jewelry making is a nod to Minimalism, Land Art and even Arte povera – movements and methods that struck a chord with the young Quebecois designer, influencing her signature bold pendants: unapologetic, elemental, form-driven statement pieces in wood and leather.
Under the banner Louve, Turcot-Lamarre is part of the growing number of “slow-made” creators and designers embracing small-production, local sourcing and quality-over-quantity. Her hand-crafted pieces, comprised mostly of salvaged materials, use wood from the forests of Quebec exclusively, which may be seen as sentimental - having first developed the collection out of her father’s workshop nestled in the woods some two hours north of Montreal. But don’t be mistaken, the essence of Louve, (that’s female for wolf, en Francais) is how the fierce mingles with the feminine. This, and the natural world’s boundless material inspiration is ever present within Louve’s body of work.
Wall Space Gallery is currently showcasing select styles from her “Doux ardent” and “Marche lunaire” collections and will be keenly watching to see where Louve’s assertive minimalism travels next. In the meantime, visit us at 358 Richmond Rd in Westboro to see these unique pieces of wearable art, slow-made with love in Montreal.