Melody Armstrong

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Melody Armstrong is an internationally recognized contemporary jewellery artist based in Regina, Saskatchewan. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree majoring in Jewellery and Metals from the Alberta College of Art and Design, graduating with Distinction in 1999. Working with traditional and non-traditional metals, enamels and stones Armstrong’s Industrial-Organic aesthetic combines abstraction with a truth to materials that reflects both her attention to detail and quality of workmanship.

Working as a master-jeweller, Armstrong combines her studio practice with teaching, serving as Resident Artist and Jewellery Instructor at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, the only place to study fine metalsmithing and jewellery design in southern Saskatchewan.

As a juried member of the Saskatchewan Craft Council, Armstrong’s work has been recognized in numerous competitions including: Dimensions 2008, 2011 and 2015; and internationally in the Lewton-Brain Foldform International Competitions 2012 and 2015. Armstrong’s work has been published internationally, most recently featured in New Rings 500+ Designs From Around the World by Nicolas Estrada (Thames and Hudson, 2016) and Art Jewelry Today 4 by Sandra Korinchak (Schiffer Books 2015); Armstrong’s writing on fine jewellery include publications in the international Art Jewelry Magazine. Armstrong’s awards include the ACAD Alumni Honour Award in 2016, and Independent Artists Grants from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

Select solo exhibitions include: “Adorn” featuring paintings and jewellery; “Pattern Series” two-dimensional work directly influenced by her jewellery designs; and “Contemporary Jewellery by Melody Armstrong” a collection of sculptural, wearable art jewellery. Represented by Mata Gallery, her work is held in numerous private collections.

ARTIST STATEMENT

What is particularly distinctive about my recent work is its structural form, created to deliberately play with negative and positive space. My jewellery designs testify to the textural dynamic and technical approach within my practice, seeming to have evolved organically, taking on an industrial influence. The varied interplay of colours and textures creates distinctive contrasts, evoking vividness of exquisite dimensions, which are rich, bold and engaging.

I have always been fascinated by the mysterious potential that metals have to offer and the opportunity of transforming their original properties in order to stretch the scope of what can be achieved.  The pieces in this  jewellery collection are a result of the exploration and learning new techniques thus allowing for spontaneity to flourish.  Receiving an Independent Artist Grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board has allowed me to focus on the development of this contemporary body of work giving me the opportunity to introduce new techniques and design possibilities to my practice.

I am delighted to use contrasts in surfaces and materials to highlight the elements I have imposed throughout the metal. Vitreous Enamel creates bursts of colour and reflection while the patina oxidizes much of the metallic surfaces, providing a sense of distress, corrosion and decay.  My objective has always been to transfer my emotions, creative passion and risk taking into my jewellery in an expressive way to arrive at exciting jewellery forms that elicit awe and inspiration, and personalize them in order to give my work a distinctive character.

Gallery Representation:

SCC Fine Craft Boutique, Saskatoon, SK
Handmade House, Saskatoon, SK
Mata Gallery, Regina, SK
MacKenzie Art Gallery Shop, Regina, SK
Black Spruce Gallery, SK
Grant Berg Gallery, Grande Prairie, AB
Little Cricket Gift Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC
Metal Works Contemporary Goldsmithing, Kingston, ON
Precizio, Thorold, ON
Tank Jewelry & Bead, Toronto, ON

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