Brunswick Iconic - Mel Miller August 15 2014

In this exhibition, Brunswick Iconic, jewellers were asked to photograph a space, building, artwork or sign in the suburb of Brunswick and respond to it through their craft. 
Work is available to view in the window of Arbor until 14th September 2014
Fleming Park, East Brunswick
 Fleming Park, East Brunswick
Mel Miller completed a Master of Fine Art at RMIT University in 2009, after migrating to Australia from the United States in 2006. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including at the international exhibition of young designers Talente (Munich, 2011), in Australian Jewellery Topos touring in the Netherlands, USA and Australia (2009-2011), and in New Traditional Jewellery touring in the Netherlands and Germany (2010-2011). Mel's work has been awarded the Small Beautiful Objects Award in 2008 and featured in publications including 500 Enamelled Objects (Lark Books, 2009), New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World (Thames & Hudson, 2011) and Showcase 500 Rings (Lark Books, 2012). Mel has lectured in gold and silversmithing at RMIT University and is currently a Teacher of Jewellery at Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE.
 Fleming Park (spring, sunset) by Mel Miller
My work explores the significance of our interpretations of place and the development of a sense of belonging, through the observation of seemingly ordinary places in Brunswick and Melbourne's inner north. Fleming Park (spring, sunset) is the second landscape brooch in this series which looks at East Brunswick's Fleming Park.

But our urban landscapes are in constant flux, and after I finished the first brooch, the landscape changed. Oddly, when the decade-long drought broke and the rain began to fall, everywhere you looked in Brunswick, apartment buildings began to grow. Fleming Park's sunsets are now partially blocked by a seven storey concrete apartment block, whose tall walls and tiny windows show up in this piece.

The urban landscape is filled with mundane materials, and here they are set as if they were precious jewels. And look! In this light, they are. They take on preciousness, they command attention, and they begin to tell their story. I have chosen these materials because they are the only materials that tell this particular story - a photograph can't capture precisely this impression.

The work is informed by an Impressionist concern for the transient effects of colour and light. Once the light has changed, only the memory of this place at this moment can remain. But it is the record of this memory that reveals something magical.

Materials: Sterling silver, bouncy balls, felted wool, sapphire, tourmaline, Mexican opal
Price: $700