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Emgee (Jewels) Open Studio - Review

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Published December 12th 2016
Whimsical & Imaginative Wearable Art
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Visiting the 6th floor of The Nicholas Building (37 Swanston St, Melbourne) to attend Emgee's Open Studio on the 10th of December 2016 for me was a good decision on the day.

Emgee is tucked away in this 1926 building with its meandering corridors that houses many other creatives as well. It's like a rabbit warren of treasures to be discovered.

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Megan Greenwood


The first thing that hits you when you enter the studio is the wonderful ambience of olde worlde charm; of solid workbenches with a history and a story to them, along with Megan Greenwood's wide open, welcoming smile.

With a selection of cheeses, savoury biscuits and drinks on the side table, your eyes are immediately drawn to the interesting collection of objects strewn on desks and other places. Having experienced that tiny peek, it just makes you want to climb into the mind of its owner, for it's bound to be nothing short of interesting and fascinating as are her surrounds, right?



Once you've soaked in the atmosphere, it's now time to wander and ponder over each piece of handcrafted jewellery that has been worn and featured by people and magazines of note. Megan was named RAW Australia Accessories Designer of the Year in 2015, the national accolade in her category.

Having designed jewellery for as long as she can remember, she creates what she loves most. Objects that arouse emotions within the wearer; pieces that make them feel beautiful.



Even though Megan grew up on a farm in country New South Wales, a lot of her handmade pieces are inspired by the sea. Mostly nautical themed, you can imagine mermaids swimming around with Megan's tiara perched on the crown of their head.

Megan's designs go with any style. They are as elegant as they are edgy. You can layer her collections or just wear each piece individually for that simplistic look. She's the best advocate for her bespoke jewellery. Once seen on her being, one wants everything she's wearing, to exude that same eclectic style.



I fell in love with the three pieces you see in the picture below. The Corpus Coral Bangle, the Barnacle Bangle and the Barnacle ear cuff. They feel solid and beautiful to the touch and that darkened silver sings to my penchant for something a little goth and edgy. I would recommend clicking on 'large image' to see the jewellery/images in all its glory.

When Megan gets back from her break on the 9th of January, I'll be rearing to get my wrist and ears measured so the pieces can be customised. Can't wait, and trust me, there's a wish list running in my mind. I absolutely adored the barnacle and pearls ear cuff Megan was wearing. Just gorgeous!



With Sea Cog and High Tide Bangles, Sea Tails and Seahorse Stacking Rings and much more wearable art, you can buy from Emgee's Etsy page. Megan can be contacted via her Facebook page. Like the page and you can stay updated for future events.

In a world of mass production, it's a privilege to find unique pieces of jewellery that have been created by someone with an eye for detail and a love of textures. Each creation initially carved from jewellery wax, it allows for more intricacies in each piece. If you look closely at Emgee's jewellery, it's not unusual to come across a little pregnant seahorse. Fantasy and imagination abounds!


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