Melody Armstrong’s artistic objective is to transfer her vision, creative passion and risk taking into her jewellery in an expressive way to arrive at exciting jewellery forms that elicit awe and inspiration, and personalize them in order to give her work a distinctive character.
Melody’s jewellery designs testify to the textural dynamic and technical volition behind the work, seemingly to have evolved from organic origins taking on an industrial influence. The ever changing interplay of colors and textures creates dynamic contrasts – evoking a vividness of exquisite dimensions – which is rich, alluring and of the utmost elegance.
Techniques employed in the Butterfly Wing Series include piercing the silver wing structures by sawing, then filing and sanding to perfect the shapes. The reactive metal - Niobium - is anodized using an electrical-chemical process where the voltage determines the colour outcome. The interference surface colours that are developed by this process mimics the interference colours of insect wings. Stone setting and riveting techniques are also incorporated, using the torch, pliers, hammers, and wire wrapping semi precious bead elements.
Melody Armstrong is inspired by the delicateness of moths and butterflies and their complex nature, transferring that mysterious luminescence and lace-like aesthetic into a hard metal structure. By preserving the original organic design and beauty of the insect elements, she creates this series allowing the wearer to appreciate the jewellery object on the body as unique adornment.