World Art Day: Interview with Julie Guilmette

For Myriam Élie, Ancient Art has always been a source of inspiration when designing her jewellery. Creation is a passion that has run in her family for generations.

Elie's aunt Julie Guilmette has worked in art restoration for 30 years. Because of her unusual career choice, she relocated to Florence, Italy, in order to practice the profession of her dreams. Guilmette cleans, refurbishes and gives back their original aspect to works she is entrusted with. With authenticity in mind, she restores them with infinite precaution.

In a few words, describe your profession.

My job has to do with the restoration and conservation of works on paper or parchment. I handle all the procedures necessary to restore the work's integrity and ensure its conservation through time.

The first work you restored?

It was a small engraving of a fountain. I was still in school.

Beyond your profession, how does art exist in your everyday life?

Living in Florence, I'm constantly surrounded by art. I'm also quite interested in music.

Who is your favorite artist? Past or Present

I have many, but I particularly love Roman art.

The piece you restored that you are the most proud of?

The Exultet beneventano, an 8-meter long work on parchment dating back to the 5th century. I also cherish my participation in the preparation of a Picasso exhibition, where I was working on the painting Les demoiselles d'Avignon.

An exhibition to see right now?

Bill Viola. Rinascimento Elettronico at the Palazzo Strozzi. For those who love contemporary art!