Christina Mija

For me, jewellery is a unique form of artistic expression. The vast array of possibilities that springs from marrying materials and techniques means there is always new ground to explore. As something portable and wearable it travels through our daily lives and can be a simple adornment or a piece of art that hints at both the designer’s vision and the wearer’s self-expression.
I had originally intended to be a fashion designer and was fortunate to be able to train at East Sydney Technical College’s Dress Design Studio in the early 80s – a course that taught a myriad of practical skills but also had a very strong emphasis on design for it’s own sake. But whilst my fashion designer ambition did not endure, the design principles I learned during my time there have influenced me to this day.
A long time interest in gemstones and years of working in fine jewellery stores ignited a passion, and in 2004 I left Sydney to relocate to the Blue Mountains, with a resolve to work creatively for myself. I looked around for a teacher and found renowned silversmith Valerie Aked. My subsequent training at her Silver Studio gave me the foundation I needed to be able to turn ideas into reality.

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Christina Mija

I began making jewellery twelve years ago and it quickly became a consuming passion.Most of my work is inspired by nature and whilst I am always interested in exploring new techniques, I love the look of hammered silver, so the silversmithing discipline of raising flat sheet into graceful organic forms is what I am most drawn to.

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I tend to favour techniques such as forging and fold-forming and feel my pieces have an emphasis on simple but elegant forms that showcase the natural beauty of the materials used.
“With a strong eye for design and a love of tactile materials, jeweller making is pure joy”
“The vast array of possibilities that springs from marrying materials and techniques means there is always new ground to explore.”

Meet with Christina Mija at the NEXT EXHIBITION & ART TRAIL: 09 - 10 NOV 2019

A unique exhibition... Eight working studios... More than fifty Artists & Artisans... All on a meandering country drive...