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The Jewelry and Bookmaking Portfolio of Char DeRouin

A handmade book in bright coloursUntitled

Char DeRouin is a mixed media artist creates works in paint, costume design, jewelry and bookmaking. The artist’s style is one that blends packed, frenetic compositions with subdued pastel colour schemes for an aesthetic that seems soft and inviting.

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I quite enjoy the tactile look and feel that Char achieves, especially in her bookmaking works. The pieces in her Paper + Stitch gallery evoke a collaged, found-object aesthetic in a combination of textile and paper. In many of the works, Char seems to use colourful scraps of various materials, sewing and gluing them together to create a whole that’s both cohesive and fascinating for its varied appearances.

A screen capture of Char DeRouin's art portfolio websiteThe front page of Char's art portfolio website


Char’s Jewelry designs favour big, bold statement pieces – the artist has a particular affinity for large beads and multiple strands. Char herself says in her statement that she’s “never met a bead [she] didn’t like,” and there’s a certain sense of opulence in these jewelry designs that seek to cram as many of those beads as possible into a single wearable object.

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About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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