My name is Camille Ouellette and I am the owner and designer of the brand Camillette Jewelry. Camillette happens to be my nickname so choosing a company name was no brainer ;-). Camillette is all about refined and modern handmade jewelry. Noble and contemporary materials are elegantly combined to produce minimalist yet fine jewelry pieces. Geometric shapes and contrasting textures, materials and colors are at the hearth of my work.
As a young adult, I took an introduction class to jewelry making and I was instantly hooked. I completed my studies in industrial designer and then specialized in sustainability. I worked as a sustainability consultant for the past five years. On and off, I kept on making jewelry in my free time. I took various classes to gain experience and know-how in jewelry making. Being partly self-taught, I also learned a lot by trial and error and making (sometimes) mistakes.
Originally from Montreal, I moved to California in 2013 where I transformed a small garage into a jewelry workshop. This is when the idea to create Camillette Jewelry took root. In spring 2015, I made the full leap and decided to become a (almost) fulltime jewelry designer. I recently moved back to Montreal where I work in a collective jewelry workspace.
Process wise, I first make sketches in my handbook or with a drawing software. I recently started to use a desktop milling machine to produce some of my designs. Using a milling machine allows me to make more precise pieces, increase productivity and reduce my overall production time for a series of units. I love my machine!!! Otherwise, I use few simple tools; welding torch, files, sandpaper, saw, hand drill, pliers and a polishing machine. My practice of jewelry blends traditional and modern techniques. I design and make all the pieces myself, using local and ethically sourced materials as much as possible.