Michaela Pegum — Velvet Copper and Sterling Silver Tear Drops
With more than fifteen years as a contemporary dancer and choreographer behind her, Michaela embarked on a Bachelor of Fine Art, Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT. She graduated with first class Honours in 2016, and is a current PhD candidate there.
Michaela’s practice is an exploration of felt experience, garnered through the deeply embodied and poetic relationships we form with the natural world. She explores how the ephemeral effects of environments and atmospheres become tangible sensations in the body, and how their enigmatic and irreconcilable qualities may find articulation through the crafting of material forms.
Michaela is the recipient of a number of awards, including the Lynne Kosky Jewellery Encouragement Award at the Victorian Craft Awards 2017 and the National Contemporary Jewellery Award in 2018. She has exhibited both locally in Australia and internationally in Europe and Asia, most recently at Galerie Marzee in the Netherlands and Schmuck in Munich, Germany.
Materials: velvet copper, sterling silver