6 – 25 November 2018
about the exhibition
Melanie Katsalidis creates highly refined jewellery focusing on simple shapes and geometric structure, bringing these design elements together in contemporary pieces of timeless style. This collection was created to coincide with the 2018 DESIGN Canberra Festival and its theme of Geometry. Melanie continues to be inspired by “civilization’s most primary forms: the square, circle and triangle” finding an inherent beauty in these shapes. The incorporation of precious gems, which she personally sources and custom cuts, elevates the pieces with delicate highlights of colour. “My jewellery is about finding beauty in pure geometry and form. I enjoy reducing forms to their essence and finding the elegance in this. Strong lines and bold structures become wearable, and there is always an element of precision and balance in my pieces. I find the idea that my work will take on new meanings and histories of the wearer very rewarding.”
Melanie Katsalidis completed her Bachelor of Fine Art in Gold and Silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University in 2003. She is one of 1000 jewellers from across the world featured in the exclusive and ground-breaking publication, “The Compendium Finale of Contemporary Jewellers 2008”, released by Darling Publications in Germany, placing her amongst the world’s finest jewellers. Melanie has exhibited extensively in Australia and New Zealand.