Matthieu studied with Native American and West African masters.
Born in Paris, Matthieu moved to New Mexico at age 19 where he studied Navajo, Hopi and Zuni jewelry techniques before spending several years working with jewelers in Africa. Upon viewing the talents of African artisans and the very few tools they possessed, Matthieu helped to co-found the Toolbox Initiative alongside jeweler and educator Tim McCreight. This non-profit organization collects gently used tools from jewelers across the globe and delivers them to jewelers in need in West Africa.
Over many years of experimentation with stamps, Matthieu has developed a form of stamping called “tessellation” in which he creates patterns that fill entire pieces of metal with stunning results. Matthieu has been teaching jewelry making in Montreal, Quebec and offering workshops internationally for the past 15 years. He recently opened his own school in Sutton, Quebec.
Award-winning stamper Matthieu Cheminée. Author of two books, “Legacy: Jewelry Techniques of West Africa” and “The Art of Stamping,”