#3, silver wire

Michaela Bruton


90 x 260 mm


Neckpiece: filigree technique using sterling silver wire

Artist statement

‘This work investigates the illusionary possibilities of repetitive line, through traditional filigree techniques. It examines how movement and rhythm can be generated through repetitive patterning, and whether this can create an illusion of life in otherwise inanimate forms. The essence of time and handmade processes is reflected through works that pursue repetitious detailing.

For this work I have investigated 18th-century Chinese filigree specifically for its ability to capture and claim space. In contemporary times, filigree has survived as a folk art and in the manufacturing of souvenirs. In this context, this medium is associated with lost craft traditions and mass reproduction.

Referencing these traditional techniques with materials and applications unorthodox to this process allows me to create unique three-dimensional forms that are reminiscent of delicate lace. In part, the results remain embedded in their cultural context, whilst also identifying a cultural statement about the present.’