::: About me
Observing… informing… researching… patterns, details, the macro, scale, lines, colour, texture, touch, the smell of cut wood, blue cedar, oak burrs, antiques, old books, pencils, illustrations, adobe illustrator, typography, émigré, letterpress, metal letters, screen printing, urban, industrial buildings, rusty poles, architecture, nature, deep respect for nature, activism, information, design, art, craft…
My work is inspired by ‘graphic’ forms, natural and man-made, I modify or even mutate the things I see, and create new contexts for them so they take on a new life, and new perceived meanings for the wearer. I enjoy seeing the narrative organically unfold and the influence that different materials have on the new forms.
Creating a dialogue between my practice as a graphic designer and new practice as a contemporary jeweller the strong, graphic narrative to my work is playful and looks to communicate and engage through message, material choice, form and composition.
The computer as well as hand drawing play a key role in my creative process, as does the use of mixed media with a particular preference for wood and its derivatives. An important part of my practice is ethically sensitive production choices and sourcing of materials.
SIERAAD 2012: International Jewellery Art Fair, Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Gallery of Art: Ritual, Legnica Jewellery Festival, Poland.
Schmuck 2012: Suspended. Studio Gabi Green, Munich, Germany.
Schmuck 2012: Jewellery Show by Galerie Biro, Maxilians Forum, Munich, Germany.
Goldsmiths 'Getting Started' 2012: Private View, Goldsmiths Hall, London, UK.
The Hub: National Centre for Craft & Design, Lincolnshire, UK.
Gallery of Art: Silver Schools, Legnica Jewellery Festival, Poland.
New Ashgate Gallery: Winter Contemporary Craft Collection. Surrey, UK.
Smiths Row Art Gallery: Green Christmas. Suffolk, UK.
The Cass Gallery: Pioneers. London Design Festival, UK.
New Designers: Business Design Centre, London, UK.
Treasure, Essence Ethical Jewellery Pavilion: London Jewellery Week, UK.
Paper Jewellery by A&C Black Publishers Ltd 2011, Edited by Sarah Kelly.
2008 - 2010 MA Jewellery Design, Sir John Cass, London Metropolitan University.
1993 - 1996 BA Hons Graphic Design, Croydon College of Art & Design.
‘Food for Thought’
I aim to create tension and a second look through the juxtaposition of mutated figures and the lightness and beauty of the materials used.
Antibiotic chicken pin.
100,000 deaths a day necklace.
4 calves then spent pin.
Interchangable paper disc and silver brooch.
RITUAL - ‘It's not my fault’
What tribe are you, where do your loyalties, priorities lie?
Materials: Reclaimed wood, ceramic, tagua nut, recycled silver and natural dyes.
Copyright © Melanie Codarin 2012