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Julia deVille

Jeweller / Taxidermist

1/5: Reflections on mortality. Becoming a taxidermist

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Julia deVille

Jeweller / Taxidermist

2/5: Happiness produces good work. Good work creates happiness

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Julia deVille

Jeweller / Taxidermist

3/5: Melting Mum's wedding ring for a jewellery project

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Julia deVille

Jeweller / Taxidermist

4/5: Donating her body for plastination. Keep the tattoos intact

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Julia deVille

Jeweller / Taxidermist

5/5: Working with diamonds and the value of jet

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JuliadeVille

Julia deVille is a jeweller and taxidermist whose work celebrates death through adornment. Combining traditional gold and silversmithing techniques with a talent for taxidermy, her works celebrate the material realities of the natural world.

Much of her work puts a modern twist on the Memento Mori (remember you must die) jewellery that became fashionable in the post-plague Europe of the 1600s. She also employs symbols of mourning, using materials like Jet, a petrified wood popularised by Queen Victoria after the death of her consort in 1861.

Julia has grouped her practices under the banner Disce Mori (learn to die), indicating her conscientious exploration of the visual language of death. As a vegetarian and animal rights advocate, deVille has considered the ethics of animal preservation and exhibition. She’s even planning to put herself in their position, agreeing to donate her body to Gunther von Hagen’s Institute of Plastination after her death.

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