Michelle Cangiano is a jeweller and practicing artist who hand makes unique contemporary jewellery with a dedication to a considered design approach. She works from a light filled studio in the Melbourne CBD.
Michelle enjoys working closely with clients to create bespoke pieces that celebrate love and personal milestones. With over 17 years of experience as a qualified jeweller, Michelle has a sound knowledge of precious metals, diamonds and gemstones. With this knowledge she helps guide clients through the design process including choosing the perfect gems to produce a piece of jewellery that suits the individual client.
She uses traditional jewellery making techniques to produce jewellery that is well made, comfortable to wear and always a little unconventional.
She sees the finished piece of jewellery as the beginning of the journey that continues with the wearer.
Michelle Cangiano is a practicing artist and jeweller where body adornment is the common thread that binds the two sides of her work.
She uses a diverse range of materials in her jewellery and art practice from precious gemstones and metal to mild steel, paint and paper. These materials vary in response to an idea or a collection yet the formal design elements remain a constant. Both sides of her work display a refined and pared back aesthetic incorporating clean, soft curves with a focus on colour and texture. She is fascinated by the concept that body adornment becomes imbued with the meanings / power of the wearer.
Completing a Fine Art Degree in Painting, Michelle went on to study Gold and Silversmithing at RMIT. She lives in Melbourne and exhibits her work locally and internationally.
Her first paper necklace was acquired by Contemporary Wearables 2015. In 2017, She exhibited at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York as part of Loot. She has exhibited in solo and group shows, most recently in 2019 as part of Radiant Pavilion.
Michelle is a recent recipient of a City of Melbourne Business Grant 2020.