Originally from Cannes, France, Sebastien moved to London in 1997. In 2005, he specialised in Prop making at Wimbledon school of Arts in London. In 2006 he moved to Sydney, Australia and worked as a visual merchandiser for two years. He joined the Jewellery and Object department at the Design Centre Enmore as a student early 2009 and completed his diploma late 2010. In 2011 Sebastien got granted a residency at Square Peg Studios and intended a internship at studio 2017 in Sydney. In 2012 he decided to move to Melbourne where he now lives.
Sebastien’s decision to fall into Jewellery was considered. The materials, scale and connotations linked with the human body are perfect grounds to translate his thoughts into objects.
He is currently working on the collaborative jewellery exhibition Organic Mechanic which will take place later this year (check out their Pozible campaign) to help support this amazing exhibition with a selection of supremely talented artists).
We speak with Sebastien about his label Semicolon, conceptual playfulness, voodoo artefacts and leather straps.
Tell us a little about yourself using a Haiku.
Qwerky frenchy likes
Gris Gris jumbo ya ya fun
Bright dark yin yan ha
We, humans are a contradiction.
The fight between our intellect, our emotions and our mind sums up our human condition. I cannot cease to explore this theme with philosophy and poetry of life. As a result my concepts are personal, honest and an attempt to truly share my thoughts.
Sleek and simple aesthetic show my intentions without pretension and as a medium, Jewellery allows me to reflect on the preciousness of sentimentality. I often introduce imagery and found or collected objects to my work to trigger an emotional response.
I approach emotions with a kind melancholy and let the story unfold slowly like someone whispering it to your ear.
Tell us a little about the origins of Semicolon.
Semicolon was born after my first year at TAFE studying Jewellery and Object Design. I was broke, had a whole summer break ahead and a studio space at home. I thought about something to make that would be cheap and interesting and started to make a whole line of necklaces out of recycled T-shirts from friend’s donations. I had my first market stall with only 10 pieces made and they all sold out. So I carried on for the rest of summer and managed to support myself and pay for part of my school fees for my second year at Enmore Design Centre.
Describe your creative process.
I have always been interested by philosophy, poetry and human condition. I spend a lot of my time contemplating and analysing life and our interaction with the world around us. Because jewellery can be sentimental and is worn on the body it allows me to explore my way of thinking which leads to my designs. I can be very conceptual but really like to keep a playful approach. Semicolon is a bit of fun I want to share with others.
What inspires you the most?
I find inspiration everywhere, in museums, private gallery collection, architecture, street art, people, street fashion, urban environment as well as nature. But to explain how my brain works I could say that what inspires me the most are my feelings when confronted to all that.Throughout my life journey, I always liked to pause from time to time, reflect and appreciate what I feel. In my designs I try to encapsulate this energy with vibrant and sentimental, shapes, forms and colours. I also often use found objects too as they are the witness of a specific moment in time and always have a story to tell.
Name some of your most favourite local artists and designers. (please include links where possible).
I don’t really know a lot of local artists yet but if I have to pick a few favorites here we go
local: Majella Beck, contemporary jeweller, Sydney and Mari Funaki, contemporary jeweller, Melbourne then designers: Eddi Sliman, Jean Paul Gautier and Alexander Mcqueen, but I also love a lot of different artists from all eras and various medium. The list is endless.
What are your ultimate dreams for Semicolon?
Ultimate dreams?? I’d like to see how Semicolon grows here in Melbourne, to me it is a little fun outlet where I get to relax and feel free in my process. Part of the process is to showcase and share my work with others. So I don’t really know about dreams, I guess I already trust Semicolon will tell me what it wants to be and I’ll follow the flow.
What will will we find from Semicolon at our April Bend and Snap Market?
I am pretty excited about a range of necklaces which are inspired from voodoo artefacts with a contemporary twist. I use branches and things I have collected over the year to make vibrant, a little bit eccentric colourful neck pieces. I also have a few printing lettering blocks which I painted, carved and mounted on leather straps as well as a suitcase of second hand treasures to attract the scavengers.
So get ready to marvel at the wonders of SEMICOLON and be sure to drape yourself with the delicate pieces by AGNES & I, sniff out the aromatic amazement by CANDLE AROMAS, cosy up with the creature comforts from THE CREATURE WORKSHOP, get dreamy with DREAMING CO, wonderful wares from EELAV MCBEE CRAFT, amazing jewellery by FLEUR DESIGNS, binge on the sweet treats from GINGER GOLD, statement pieces from JUX, get dandier than a dandelion with JACK’S CALLING, cover yourself in HENNA courtesy of the talented KAJAL, decorate cupcakes with sprinkles, sparkles, flowers and fancies with MISS ETIQUETTE, lather up amongst MY GOAT SOAP, fossick about the sustainable sweetness from NINE YAKS, soak up a dreamy daze with PIXIE DAYS, handmade furnishings PRECIOUS LITTLE SAKURA, run wild with RUN WILD HORSES, shine bright like a diamond with SEBO-HANDMADE JEWELLERY, interactive doodling fun with THE SCRIBBLE PROJECT with THE SCRIBBLE PROJECT TATTOO PARLOUR and journey through time and space with WHERE ARE MY STARS? and other delish delights at our upcoming market date at 1000 £ Bend on Sunday 28th April 11:00pm to 4:00pm at 361 Little Lonsdale Street in the city. Insta lovers should follow us on Instagram @bendandsnapmarket . And any keen bean stall holders wanting to get amongst our beautiful bonanza of delights on Sunday 28th April apply here. Much fun to be had!!!