Gemma Grace is a Melbourne-based contemporary jeweller whose unique aesthetic emerges from a combination of self-taught techniques and formal training. She divides her time between limited series collections and exhibition work.
Gemma’s fascination with jewellery began as a child, drawn to ancient jewels, exotic artifacts found in National Geographic magazines, and the simple treasures found in her mother’s jewellery collection. Her jewellery practice is strongly informed by her tertiary studies in anthropology and the humanities, however, the creative pull of jewellery and design inspired her to pursue formal training in jewellery design and manufacture. She has completed an Advanced Diploma of Engineering (Jewellery) at Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT), receiving the NMIT Study Grant and the AJS Graduate Exhibition Award in her final year.
Gemma’s work explores her strong interest in the the fundamental and universal human need for self-adornment and her practice explores the symbolic, decorative, protective and deeply sentimental role of jewellery in everyday life and in ritual.
Her designs are strongly influenced by the patterns and textures inherent in the natural world – in geometry, and in living organisms and organic structures and she strives to capture the ideal contrast between simplicity and complexity, opulence and restraint.