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What is your membership level?
Gold
Do you have a website?
http://www.melodyarmstrong.com
In what province are you?
SK
Do you consider yourself a professional, student or emerging artist. Are you a gallery, school, organization or guild?
Professional
In what area of the metal arts do you work?
silversmith, goldsmith, metalsmith, enamellist
Tell us about your education.
ALBERTA COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN
Share some of your career highlights or goals.
Jewellery Instructor and Resident Artist at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre.

Published in "Art Jewelry Today 2" by Schiffer Books, "Art Jewelry Today 3" by Schiffer Books, "Anodized!" by Lark Books, "New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World" by Promopress; Cover Story in the January 2012 issue of “Art Jewelry Magazine”.

Having two pieces chosen for “Dimensions 2011” exhibition, and receiving the Merit Award; being selected for “Prairie Excellence: The Today and Tomorrow of Prairie Craft” exhibition.

Jewellery Showcased at MATA GALLERY.
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http://www.etsy.com/shop/melodyarmstrong

BIO

 BIOGRAPHY

 

        

Melody Armstrong graduated from the Alberta College of Art and Design with Distinction, majoring in Jewellery and Metal in 1999. Working with traditional and non- traditional metals, enamels and stones, Melody’s style is best described as Industrial-Organic. Her design philosophy of organic infused with industrial is demonstrated through a mix of natural shapes and geometric structures, with great attention to detail and quality of workmanship.  Melody Armstrong maintains a professional studio and is the Jewellery Instructor and Resident Artist at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre.

 

            Melody Armstrong is represented by Mata Gallery at 106, 2300 Broad Street, Regina, Saskatchewan.  Mata Gallery showcases a wide selection of Melody’s Jewellery and will accommodate custom jewellery designs.

 

            Melody Armstrong’s recent accomplishments include exhibiting a solo jewellery exhibition “Contemporary Jewellery by Melody Armstrong” at the Affinity Gallery, being selected as part of the Dimensions 2015 touring exhibition, receiving an Independent Artists Grant from the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and authoring articles published in Art Jewelry Magazine.

 

         Melody Armstrong's other accomplishments include having two pieces selected for “Dimensions 2011” exhibition, and receiving the Merit Award; being selected for “Prairie Excellence: The Today and Tomorrow of Prairie Craft” exhibition; being published in "Art Jewelry Today 2" by Schiffer Books, "Art Jewelry Today 3" by Schiffer Books, "Anodized!" by Lark Books and "New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World" by Nicolas Estrada; and receiving an "Independent Artists Grant" from the Saskatchewan Arts Board.  Melody will have a full article in the January 2012 issue of “Art Jewelry Magazine”.
www.melodyarmstrong.com

www.melodyarmstrong.etsy.com

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What is particularly distinctive about this body of 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 art jewellery exhibition 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 the following new techniques to my practice. Plasma cutting steel to create interesting components; scoring and bending to create three dimensional structural pieces that are architectural in nature and then working with the negative shapes that evolve; copper electroforming organic materials to transform them into permanent metal objects; Chasing and Repousse, transforming flat metal sheet into three dimensional, sculptural forms.

            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.

All work in this exhibition can be viewed online here:

http://melodyarmstrong.blogspot.ca/2015/09/contemporary-jewellery-by-melody.html

 

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At 11:05am on March 19, 2013, MELODY ARMSTRONG said…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZEx9FLjvS4

MAX MAGAZINE - METAL

This episode of Max Magazine it is all about Metal. Brad visits with Jewellery Artist Melody Armstrong and we feature stories about a local Saskatoon business - Remnant Steel, Sculptor Artist - James Korpan and Metal and Mixed Media Artist - Patricia Shiplett.

At 5:49pm on December 14, 2012, MELODY ARMSTRONG said…
At 1:49pm on September 12, 2012, MELODY ARMSTRONG said…

ART JEWELRY TODAY 3 by Schiffer Publishing.

Pages 16 and 17!

At 10:55am on March 15, 2012, MELODY ARMSTRONG said…

My HINGED PYRITE CUBE BRACELET is featured in the gallery section of the March 2012 issue of Art Jewelry Magazine!

and

My gear neckpiece project is the cover story in the new Art Jewelry Magazine 2012.

At 12:15pm on December 21, 2011, MELODY ARMSTRONG said…

FROST RUBY & 14K GOLD WEDDING SET
is featured in NEW RINGS 500+ DESIGNS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

by Nicolas Estrada

on page 193!

At 12:14pm on December 21, 2011, MELODY ARMSTRONG said…

GREEN DIAMOND WEDDING BAND SET

is featured in NEW RINGS 500+ DESIGNS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

by Nicolas Estrada

on page 193!

At 11:30pm on November 5, 2011, MELODY ARMSTRONG said…
Watch for the January 2012 issue of Art Jewelry Magazine!
My article/project "Build a Gear Necklace" will be in that issue.
http://art.jewelrymakingmagazines.com/
At 4:10am on June 25, 2010, Donald Robert Hefner said…
Thanks Melody! No need for we artists to toil in isolation, when impressive sites like this one are available. I am on Flickr (Denver Don) and can be seen at: spotlightonvisualart.ca until I get a web site back up.
At 9:04pm on September 22, 2009, Sue Whalen said…
Hi Melody, thanks for the invite. Love your work - my favourite is the circles and balls bracelet - wonderful patina.
Sue
At 5:37am on August 26, 2009, Kenem Bijoux | KB Paris said…
Hello Melody,

Thanks for adding me as a friend. Hope we get a chance to exchange ideas and projects. I love your jewelry. Nice clean designs. Thanks again Melody.
At 12:55am on August 25, 2009, Jounghye Park said…
Hello~! Nice to meet you!^^ Your jewelry pieces are awesome.. you made a lot of beautiful jewelry.. also Ilike your studio...
At 10:52am on August 24, 2009, marina mary georgiadis said…
Hi Melody, nice to meet you :) I also have an etsy shop look up vanti designs :)
I love your work, its really original and real. I am not sure if i like one more than the others its hard to choose :)
At 8:25pm on April 24, 2009, Jean Fraser said…
Beautiful pieces.The curled leaves are perfect!
At 10:19am on March 23, 2009, Karine Rodrigue said…
Hello!

Thank you very much for your work report to my attention. I am very impressed by the quality of your patinas ...
At 10:41am on March 22, 2009, Sandy Middleton said…
Thanks for the invite, nice work. I am looking to connect with jewellers who need good photographs of their work so please pass on my name if you know of nyone.

Thanks
Sandy
At 10:32am on March 22, 2009, Michele said…
At 10:30am on March 22, 2009, Michele said…Thanks for the friend invite Melody. I am very new to metal work and have been completely consumed by it! I did not know such a passion existed. As I only took one course in silversmith techniques of jewelry making, I am, and will continue to be, primarily self-taught. This site seemed like an amazing sharing and support for metal artists in Canada!
If you know of anyone selling tools, I would be most interested. I am now looking for a used rolling mill in good condition as it is getting very expensive starting out! Thanks!
At 7:48am on March 22, 2009, Deborah Wybou said…
Melody,

Very nice work. Thank you for the invite. I am finding the pictures the most difficult part, I am impressed with yours.

Deborah
At 12:48am on March 22, 2009, Jasper Coulombe said…
Hi Melody, Thanks for the invite. I live in Grande Prairie Ab not to far away.
Talk later
Jasper
At 1:53pm on February 24, 2009, Andrea Apa said…
Thanks for the friends request. It was great viewing your work!
Andrea
At 11:00am on December 21, 2008, Brigitte Clavette said…
Hey Melody,
I like your new photos.
Plus Love the new work with cold connections.
B

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