Antique jewellery is the perfect addition to any trinket tray and there’s nowhere better to look than Emgee’s handmade designs. The Melbourne based designer, Megan Greenwood, places a piece of herself into each charm and creation.
Where did the idea for Emgee jewellery come from?
I was 21-years-old when I created Emgee. I was shy when it came to my art, so I wanted my brand to be a reflection of me, my alter ego. I created the name using my initials, so she can be whoever I want her to be. I was just a girl who loved to make art and share it with people!
When did Emgee first start up and how did you get it off the ground?
I created Emgee in 2008. I used to transform antique silver cutlery into rings, necklaces and headpieces. I also made commissioned pieces for Creatures of the Greenwood – one of a kind brooches such as: sparrows, owls, foxes, elephants and rabbits. After two months I was stocking my jewellery in eight stores and galleries around Melbourne. I was completely self-taught and I had so many ideas but was unsure of how to execute them, so in 2012 I went to TAFE for formal training.
What inspires each of your designs?
I’m very inspired by film, photography, fashion and the obvious – nature. I grew up in the country and moved to the seaside when I was 18-years-old. Everything I love is inspired by nature.
Do you have a favourite design?
My ‘Sirens Calling Crown’ is the piece that ignited my imagination. Making that piece was intense! I sat at my bench for 18 hours straight carving the crown base out of my waxes. It was difficult to research how crowns sit on the head, as I could only find crowns made from cheaper materials. Keeping the weight down while using solid sterling silver was challenging; it took over 50 hours from start to finish!
If you could have anyone in the world wearing your designs, who would it be?
I would love to design a few rings for Johnny Depp or maybe a crown for Florence Welch – that would be so much fun.
What’s next for you and your company?
In the short term I’m continuing to work on my wedding collection and I’m working on a future exhibition. My next collection will have lots of colour and texture; it’s inspired by lost cities.
I have also been designing larger adornments so you will have to stay tuned to find out!
Check out Emgee’s pop-up shop at 141 Johnston Street, Collingwood, Melbourne.
Emgee’s studio is located at Level 6/Room 20 The Nicholas building, 37 Swanston street, Melbourne. Opening times are by appointment and once a month (dates announced on social media).
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