The original Studio 20/17 was born out of a passion to share with the wider community a love of contemporary jewellery, and the meaning and connection that a handcrafted and unique piece of jewellery can embody. This belief in the vitality and importance of contemporary crafted objects and art in the world has inspired us to create two unique creative spaces.
Now two independently run spaces have evolved as an extension of the original passions of the founding directors, Melanie Ihnen and Bridget Kennedy.
Studio 20/17 Atelier is located in the heart of the Sydney CBD. Melanie works at the bench in this intimate creative space, specialising in limited edition collections, bespoke commissions and commitment, wedding and engagement rings. Melanie continues to offer private jewellery tuition and represent a specially curated selection of Australian contemporary jewellery makers.
Located in North Sydney, Studio 20/17 Project Space, reflects Bridget’s continuing passion for community activation with an ongoing exhibition program and a focus on representing a comprehensive collection of emerging and established Australian and New Zealand jewellery artists. Her workshop is also located in the space where she specialises in manufacturing bespoke jewellery, wedding, engagement and commitment rings, and offers private jewellery tuition.