From childhood, Andrée Chénier would gather interesting items from nature walks. Today, she is often compelled to collect treasures she has discovered along the way. For many of us, the desire to keep mementos of nature close at hand inspires us; they not only serve as reminders of beauty, but also of the feelings we experience when we first encountered them.
Historical jewellery forms like memento mori, étuits (for chatelaines), lockets and perfume rings, were designed to store utilitarian or meaningful objects close to the body. Andrée draws inspiration from such pieces to create jewellery that connect us to nature. The object, whether it be an unusual stone, the twist of a branch, a flower petal, or a feather, is not only visually present in the design, but is also often contained within the piece itself.