Featured Maker: Michelle Stemm - Two Plums Design
Posted on 09 June 2017
Hi, I'm Michelle. I started making jewellery several years ago with my local lapidary club on the Sunshine Coast. As my passion grew I sought independent teachers and formal learning opportunities to extend my knowledge. I now have a dedicated studio at home in Brisbane where I produce bespoke pieces and small collections.
"I am inspired by the beauty in natural things, a leaf skeleton, seed pods, fungi, reflections and shadows. Natures unique patterns and repeating shapes inform the structure for much of my work."
I also enjoy simple clean lines, well balanced aesthetics and finding new ways of solving old problems. The joy of producing something beautiful with minimal tools fits with my sustainable ethos - use only what you need. I have a strong affinity with silver, and my work speaks to this by honouring the metal both in my studio practice and finished pieces.
In the studio I use traditional silversmithing techniques of forging and fabricating. I source recycled silver, use reclaimed copper to do my design work and I recycle my metal scrap from the studio. I also use carefully selected gem stones. Jewellery for me, must not only be beautiful, it must function as it is intended and tread lightly on the earth. I see adornment as part of an individuals personal story, when you wear my work it speaks of strength, elegance and consideration.
I have achieved a Graduate Certificate in Visual Arts from Griffith University, and completed several technical skills workshops. I continue to study and learn from professionals in my field as my practice extends to new techniques.
I am currently working on an up coming exhibition at Artisan in Brisbane. It will be titled Empathy to Infiltration and is intended to depict everyday Australians reactions to asylum seekers coming to Australia. The exhibition combines my social science and community development back grounds with my visual arts interest in depicting our societies reaction to asylum seekers. In doing so I hope to raise the question, where do our opinions come from? highlighting the power and influence of politics and social media in our lives. It will include small objects and wearable pieces and is scheduled from the 26th August to the 4th November at Artisan on Brunswick St in Brisbane.
Meanwhile you can find me online at
- Website – www.twoplumsdesign.com
- Facebook – Two Plums Design
- Instagram – Two Plums Design
- Makersville Gallery, Montville QLD
If you're in Brisbane and want to touch and feel and try on I also go to BrisStyle markets in King George Square and The Young Designers Market on the first Sunday of the month at Little Stanley St, Southbank.