This distinction honours the commitment and devotion of those who have contributed to the development, promotion or dissemination of the arts and letters in Quebec. The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, which is non-remunerative, is symbolized by an insignia.
The Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec would like to thank the Caisse de la Culture and Le Devoir, which partnered for the award of this honour.
The design of the honorary insignia was the subject of a call for projects in December 2014, addressed to recognized professionals working in fine crafts. The insignia was to be in the form of a lapel badge, composed of materials from Quebec. The project of Christine Dwane was ultimately selected. Simple and original, the insignia features a small cluster of blue aluminum cubes, to be worn on the lapel or as a broach.
Jewellery designer, goldsmith and gemmologist Christine Dwane studied jewellery making in Montreal before apprenticing with the Swiss-German goldsmith Robert Ackermann. A graduate of the Gemmologists Association of Great Britain, she currently teaches at the École de joaillerie de Montréal and the École de gemmologie de Montréal. Her one-of-a-kind pieces are forged and hand-assembled in precious metals (gold, silver, titanium and platinum). For ecological reasons, she offers all her work in totally recycled materials.