I am excited to have my work featured in Tank Jewelry & Beads unique studio gallery located in one of Toronto’s most popular destinations, the Historic Distillery District. As the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery, it's Canada's finest collection of Victorian era industrial architecture.
“fire and fusion” was conceived as a way to feature enamelling at the new Toronto International Jewellery Festival. Those who practise this enchanting and exacting art wish to share their passion with a larger audience. So three friends, Catherine Crowe, Gabrielle Castonguay and David Hustler teamed up to make it happen. They are all professional enamellists themselves for many years, and knew that Canada had a lot of amazing talent in this area. After putting out a Call for Entry in November of 2012, they weren’t disappointed. Over 104 fantastic submissions made paring that number down to 40 a difficult and painstaking process. But it was finally accomplished, and “fire and fusion” became a reality.
The exhibition will run from May 1 to 30, 2013 in the Rainbow Gallery (inside the Rainbow Ceinema) in Market Square, North St Lawrence Market, 80 front St E., Toronto ON Open daily including Sundays from 12:30pm to midnight.
This exhibition was made possible by a generous grant from the Ontario Arts Council
Many thanks to “Art for all Canada” and the Rainbow Cinema for offering a venue and giving so much help and support. We were delighted to take advantage of one of the few public art spaces left in Toronto. We encourage other artists to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity.
But mostly a hearty thanks to all those enamellists who often work in isolation without acknowledgement and support who sent us their best work. We were so touched as we opened each of your beautiful works of art, and saw all the love and skill that went into them. We did this for you. We hope this will be the first of many more and will mark a resurgence of interest in and appreciation of the ancient art of enamelling.
Published on May 4, 2013
40 works by 32 Canadian Enamellists. This was the culmination of a lot of work! When I first heard about the Toronto International Jewellery Festival my thought was "We MUST have an enamelling exhibit as part of this!". So I asked Gabrielle S. Castonguay, a Montreal enamellist, and David Hustler, past president of Enamel Arts Canada. They both agreed - and we had a team! We are very proud and pleased to present this exhibition of some of the finest enamellists from across Canada. We hope you will go and visit in person May 1 - 30, 2013 at the Rainbow Cinema Gallery in Market Square, North St Lawrence Market, Toronto, ON"
written by Catheirne Crowe
BASSE TAILLE NECKPIECE – WAVE – Melody Armstrong, 2010, sterling silver, enamel on etched copper, fabricated, dapping, soldered, tab setting, etching, enameling, oxidized, 17 x 16 x 1 cm [closed]
Support provided by the Saskatchewan Arts Board.
Represented by Mata Gallery.
2010 Basse Taille – Jewellery and Paintings, Art Gallery of Regina Showcase, Regina, SK.
Title: Basse Taille
Basse-taille is an enamelling technique in which I create a low-relief pattern on copper using the etching process, a translucent enamel is then applied to the metal, allowing light to reflect from the relief and creating an interesting effect.
My objective is to explore and develop this technique, working with copper, enamel, sterling silver and gemstones to arrive at jewellery forms and small objects that elicit visual stimulus and tactile qualities.
My jewellery is born through a diligent creative process of vision, design rendering, and then using my metalsmithing skills to form and manipulate the materials into my desired intension. My objective is to create intimate objects that offer a compelling reason for others to enter into the investigative realm. The scale of the jewellery is well suited for this pursuit, allowing me to build precious forms to draw one near, engendering intimate interactions.
The exquisiteness of these objects influence and inspire me to experiment with their qualities further. I am then inspired to paint these wonderful forms, giving them a dynamic two-dimensional perspective on a much larger scale, thereby challenging what is art and what is craft, and connecting functional and non-functional art.
*I would like to thank the Saskatchewan Arts Board for providing me with assistance in the development of this body of work.
MOTH NECKLACE - Sterling silver, anodized titanium and niobium. Melody Armstrong 2016.
MACKENZIE GALA 2016
Support Saskatchewan's largest and most compelling art gallery at Regina's most highly anticipated fundraising event of the season: The 2016 MacKenzie Gala, presented by ISC.
Support Saskatchewan's largest and most compelling art gallery at Regina's most highly anticipated fundraising event of the season: The 2016 MacKenzie Gala.
Enjoy an evening of sparkling conversation, gourmet hors d'oeuvres, signature cocktails, live entertainment, raffle prizes, a silent auction, and Saskatchewan's most exciting live art auction with spectacular works of art generously donated by Canadian artists.
With tickets starting at $90, the Gala is a meaningful way to support the MacKenzie's acclaimed exhibitions and innovative public programs.
Don't miss this one-of-a-kind fundraiser in support of the MacKenzie Art Gallery!
When: Friday, October 14, 2016 at 7 PM
Where: T.C. Douglas Atrium, 3475 Albert Street
What: A gala evening to raise much-needed funds for the MacKenzie Art Gallery's exhibitions and programs
Dress: Party Attire
Represented by Assiniboia Gallery at 2266 Smith Street, Regina, Saskatchewan. Assiniboia Gallery showcases a wide selection of Melody’s Jewellery and will accommodate custom jewellery designs.