Michelle Fernandez
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Biography

I have always been drawn to the sculptural properties of objects be they natural or manmade. When attending an Art Foundation course at Harrow I quickly gravitated to the exploration of small-scale sculpture. By the end of the course I was fascinated by the way in which forms can wrap themselves around the body to distort, exaggerate, or protect the wearer; the interaction between a structure and the body. A degree in jewellery was therefore a natural choice as a way of building upon these ideas and developing skills that would allow me to utilise various materials and their inherent working properties.

I studied jewellery at Gray’s School of Art, (Robert Gordon’s University) in Aberdeen, and having completed my degree, decided to pursue my interest in jewellery making further by applying to do an MA at the Royal College of Art. Upon graduating from the RCA, I was awarded the O.S.A.R.C.A. (an RCA award) for best work in the applied arts. This spurred me on to apply to the Crafts Council for a grant to help fund the establishment of my workshop where I currently live, in London.

My jewellery explores the use of sterling silver, resin and plastics, and work is inspired primarily by the working properties of the materials. I aim to explore the different ways that they can be combined, and worked, in order to achieve a careful balance between form, pattern and colour.
Careful finishing of the various surfaces lends a refined, precious, quality to all the materials.

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Teardrop necklace, turquoise and lime
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Sliding studs, lime and navy resin with silver
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Group of small teardrop earrings, resin and silver