"Evoking a sense of boldness with a presence that is uncompromising and original, Melody Armstrong makes a statement through her sculptural, wearable art jewellery. She has chosen metal as her dominant component, allowing for technical flexibility while the material informs her designs. Metal is a challenging but versatile element—it is hard and resilient yet not immovable, reluctant to take shape while being worked, and equally resistant to losing that shape once formed. Melody’s work originates from a piece of raw metal and is hand-fabricated, allowing the metal to influence the design itself, its properties lending their character every step of the way without overshadowing her vision for the work." (by curator and jewelry artist Mary Lynn Podiluk)
Armstrong has won several awards and competitions, including two Jurors' Choice Selections in the international Lewton-Brain Foldform Competitions.
Birthplace: Regina, SK
Melody Armstrong graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design with Distinction, majoring in Jewellery and Metal in 1999. Working with silver, gold, titanium, and stones, Melody’s style is best described as Industrial-Organic. Melody maintains a professional studio and is the jewellery instructor and artist in residence at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Melody Armstrong's recent accomplishments include being selected for the “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, "New Rings: 500+ Designs from Around the World" by Promopress, and receiving an "Independent Artists Grant" from the Saskatchewan Arts Board. In addition Melody Armstrong’s “How to Build a Gear Neckpiece” was a Cover Story in Art Jewelry Magazine, January 2012 issue.
"What is particularly distinctive about my jewellery is its naturalness of form, free from fashionable compromise and extravagance. My jewellery designs testify to the textural dynamic and technical volition behind my work, seemingly to have evolved from organic origins taking on an industrial influence. The ever changing interplay of colors and textures creates dynamic contrasts – evoking a vividness of exquisite dimensions – is rich, alluring and of the utmost elegance."