Maggie Bergman, Australia
Everything I’ve ever done, over my lifetime as an artist, has come together in making jewelry: from the Rembrandt etchings that inspired me as a child, then sculpting, pottery, drawing, design, to computer graphics, digital photography and printmaking. Now I can use it all. Jewelry allows me to create art on the small scale that has always delighted me.
It all started many years ago, when my printmaking tutor showed me his small copper etching plates.They looked like jewelry to me, and I fell in love. Inspired, I made earrings from my copper etching plates. It was the start of a new life for me, jewellery became my focus incorporating all the other things I did, or materials I chose to work with.
I live close to five temperate rain-forests, and on my walks I notice things like the twisting vines, the pattern of leaves against the sky, contrasts — shiny leaves against our dark-red, volcanic soil or lichen on rocks. In the city, I’m drawn to linear forms and industrial patterns: architecture, skyscrapers, bridges. I carry a sketchbook and camera with me everywhere—making notes, drawing, photographing.
What’s most exciting is playing with a variety of materials and get them to work together, then combine them with metal.
When very different materials come together and then work as a whole, I just love that. Or, when I invent a new process and it all comes together even better than I imagined…it’s just magic!