Emma Grace

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Emma’s passion for the natural world informs her work. This passion is incorporated into sustainability principles within her contemporary jewellery and business practice. Emma has taken part in The Repairs Workshop, a collaborative investigation into the concept of ‘repair’, as a part of the State of Design Festival. She has also established The Treasury, a monthly workshop, run from her studio in Melbourne’s Nicholas Building, in which jewellery lovers are invited to bring in broken or unloved pieces to be fixed or re-imagined.

Emma’s work, predominantly in sterling silver and 18ct gold, contrasts bold lines with organic forms to build a playful tension. Drawing inspiration from the modern art movement and making reference to primal nature, Emma works this delicate balance to create emotional resonance. The simplicity of Emma’s contemporary jewellery recalls the charming and illustrative aesthetics of naïve art while still maintaining a sophisticated minimalism.

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Jewellery by Emma Grace

How the Light Gets In

Exhibition dates: Monday 6th August - Saturday 18th August, 2012

Opening night: Tuesday 7th August, 6pm - 8pm at e.g.etal

An exhibition of new works at e.g.etal presented as part of Craft Cubed 2012 by Emma Grace, Clare James, Nicholas Jones, Chaco Kato, Ellie Mücke, Tai Snaith, Kate Tucker and Beck Wheeler. e.g.etal represented artist Emma Grace has made the basic framework for a series of earrings and pendants. She has sent these to a selection of Melbourne’s most talented artists and craftspeople. With these pieces she also sent a Leonard Cohen lyric: “There’s a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

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Journal: Emma Grace

As contemporary jewellers I feel we are starting on good footing: our production is small scale and mostly local; pieces are made to last; care is taken to save and reuse off-cuts and filings of precious metals; and there is good public awareness of the worth of the labour and quality of materials that go into our craft.

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Journal: Emma Grace

A few months ago I was asked to do a Vox Pop on the question: “What do you do to make your life more sustainable?” Being put on the spot, I gave a brief answer about recycling and The Treasury that left quite a bit out. Sustainability is such an integral part of my life and I’d like to use this blog post as a chance to share some examples of the personal side of sustainability… hopefully it might provide some food for thought.

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Journal: Emma Grace

Clearly some of these ‘repairs’ are more practical than others, but that’s part of what I love about creative repair, that in addition to simply reinstating functionality, it adds dynamism to what was once destined for landfill and proudly proclaims, “I’ve been born again!”.

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Journal: Emma Grace

I created The Treasury as a space to explore a more sustainable approach to fashion—one that incorporates creativity, community and self-belief. For me, it is the place where my path towards a more sustainable practice has really started to take off. Some people come because they want to incorporate sustainability into their every-day lives, but many are just pleasantly surprised that this workshop is sustainability in action.

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