The roads and footpaths of Melbourne, littered with objects that have been tossed aside, the owner no longer requiring its ‘services', are the perfect inspiration for a jeweller like Romy Mittelman. Romy loves the thought of literally scooping up these abandoned objects, knowing that the object in hand has its own unknown history and past. Her 'film canister’ necklaces, for example, have previously held someone's precious memories and photos - through her jewellery, Romy is able to capture and honour that history in a meaningful and unexpected way.
Romy uses techniques consisting of hand fabrication, soldering, painting and oxidisation; working with colour, texture and shape, she manipulates precious metals by hand using fine wax to create her signature organic shapes. Romy’s style is often described as ‘tribal’ as the exploration of ancient production techniques becomes the main stay in her contemporary jewellery collections.
ROMY'S LUCKY DIP QUESTIONS
What are the most important components to running an art practice
Constantly being open to new ideas
Experimenting with new mediums
Favourite part of your day
I always look forward to our weekend morning coffee ritual. It seems to take an eternity to get our two young children dressed and out the door. But the walk and coffee is a great way to start the day.