Julie Usel

Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery


Ink on paper and gold leaves

20 x 15 x 0.1 cm

What physical form could I give to anxiety? How do we wear anxiety; how does it reveal itself on the body? Could I induce this feeling through jewellery?

The relationship between anxiety and the creative process fascinates me as both a woman and an artist; the creation of art becomes a metaphor for procreation itself. This concept is manifest, both literally and figuratively, in the objects themselves which contain elements of creation, destruction, metamorphosis and evolution.

The work is a physical and emotional journey, exploring and externalising emotions as objects, and invoking the tension we all feel concerning change.

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BA (Hons), Jewellery Design, University of Art and Design, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006


Entfesselt, Schmuck Ohne Grenzen, Museum Bellerive, Zurich, Switzerland, 2012; Do You Speak French? Contemporary Jewellery from Swiss Romande, SO Gallery, London and Solothurn, Switzerland, 2010; Talente 2008, Schmuck, International Trade Fair, Munich, Germany, 2008; From Hand to Hand, Passing on Skill and Knowledge in European Contemporary Jewellery, Musée de Design et d'Arts appliqués contemporains, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2008


Winner, Design, Swiss Federal Design Grants, 2008; Winner, Jewellery, Prix d’Excellence, Foundation Hans Wilsdorf, Rolex, 2006; Award, Design, Biennale de Design de Lucerne, FormForum, 2006