Artist Interview – Jeweler Melody Armstrong

I first connected with Canadian jeweler Melody Armstrong on Facebook. She posts images of her fabulous work often and I like her mixed metals and the industrial feel to her pieces. You can find her online at Melody Armstrong Jewelery, on Facebook, and see tons of her work at the Melody Armstrong Flickr site.  
BASSE TAILLE NECKPIECE – WAVE – Sterling silver, etched copper, enamel, patina

1. How did you get started in your craft? (using your media)
I found Jewellery and Metal the most attractive medium but also the most elusive.
I was a self taught artist in other mediums but metal held a certain mystery, so I enrolled in art school and took a four year BFA program at the Alberta College of Art and Design.

2. What has been inspiring/influencing your work lately?

My jewellery designs start from the subconscious and are influenced by the organic and the architectural.  Working with metal is the most attractive and challenging of all the mediums available to me.  My work merges traditional metalsmithing with modern aesthetic sensibilities.  I am influenced by line, texture, pattern.

I am a jewellery instructor and am also influenced by how my students interpret the skills that I teach them.

HINGED PYRITE CUBE BRACELET – Sterling silver, 14k yellow gold, iron pyrite, anodized titanium, patina

3. Who are your favorite artists in your field?

My favorite Contemporary Jewellery Artists are Pawel Kaczynski, Claudio Pino, Vina Rust, Todd Reed, and Sydney Lynch.

4. What is your favorite piece of art or fine craft that you own?

My favorite piece of art that I own is a painting titled:
“BASSE TAILLE TEXTURE #1”- Oil on canvas. 36 x 36 inches.

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.

BASSE TAILLE TEXTURE #1- Oil on canvas. 36 x 36 inches
BASSE TAILLE TEXTURE #1- Oil on canvas. 36 x 36 inches

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 intention.  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.

2 thoughts on “Artist Interview – Jeweler Melody Armstrong

  1. This is the first time that i have come across the jeweler Melody Armstrong and I have just popped over to her face book page and she has some beautiful and very unique designs. I love the natural influence with here designs and I am sure that this is a lady who I will be keeping my eye on.

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