Matthieu Cheminée is a Parisian-born jeweler, photographer and teacher whose training spans three continents. As a young man he lived in Taos, New Mexico where he learned traditional jewelry techniques from Native American masters. He then moved to Mali in West Africa where he worked with jewelers and first encountered the legacy of this ancient craft.
After three years in Africa, Cheminée moved to Montreal, Canada where he lives now. His time in Africa left a deep impact on the author and he has maintained strong ties to local individuals and institutions ever since. In addition to organizing conferences, Cheminée offers master classes in Canada where he passes along the techniques of West African jewelers. The revenue generated in these workshops goes back to Africa to assist jewelers and their families.