In this exhibition of wearable works, Melody Armstrong showcases elaborate and complex jewellery pieces which juxtapose organic reference with industrial aesthetic. Armstrong aims to investigate new design ideas which incorporate mastered traditional technique. She finds that the scale of jewellery allows for an intimate interaction between object and viewer. Armstrong writes:
“My jewellery is born through a diligent creative process of influence, design rendering, and then using my metalsmithing skills to form and manipulate materials into my desired intention… my aim is to manipulate the materials to arrive at jewellery forms that elicit visual stimulus and tactile qualities.”
Melody Armstrong graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with Distinction, majoring in Jewellery and Metal in 1999. Melody maintains a professional studio and is the jewellery instructor and artist in residence at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Melody Armstrong would like to thank Terry Johnston for his assistance with the plasma cutting; Glen Grismer for contributing the aurora steel pieces; and Mary Lynn Podiluk for curating this show.
She would like to express her appreciation for the funding the Saskatchewan Arts Board provided in the development of this exhibition.