Mount Eliza Art & Design Show October 2019by Pamela Mujica
Pamela Mujica (PAMdesigned), was born in Chile. Makes wire crochet jewellery using the Peruvian Stitch. The Peruvian stitch is the Art of Making Loops. She uses Fine Silver 99.9% wire, upcycle copper wire and non-tarnish wire to make her pieces. The technique Peruvian Stitch was created by Juan Pacheco in Peru 1992, a neo ancestral sculptor due to the need to create a flexible and uniform mesh to build sculptures and now, this technique is used in 75 countries.
All started in 2014. after watching a video about wire crochet, Pamela discovered the Peruvian Stitch, technique of forming symmetrical rings to achieve beautiful and intricate jewelry using wire. It was in that moment Pamela decided to become a jewelry maker and dedicate herself to this art form.
In 2015, Pamela self-launched her own business called PAMdesigned however, found herself at a crossroads. Spending a lot of money on expenses, not finding much success in sales and beginning to doubt her skills, Pamela was considering giving it all up. Luckily, an inspiring trip to Bali helped her discover new motivations, materials and a new, unique Balinese ancient jewellery making technique using wire.
Inspired again, Pam travelled to Peru in 2016 and took expert classes. This allowed her to become a professional and an Embassador of the Peruvian Stitch in Australia.
In 2018, Pam returned to Bali and met a group of Artisans. This inspired a new PAMdesigned line of jewellery to be exclusively created in Bali. At home in Melbourne though, Pamela continues her dedication full time to the beautiful art of the Peruvian Stich.
For the first time in her life, Pamela feels like she is working for herself – not for others – which is both exciting and a little scary. She’s delighted to be continuously learning and feeling productive again, and to see her little business grow and thrive.
“In each piece that I finish I give the best of me: I use non-tarnish, Sterling & Fine silver wire 999.9% wire and other. My desire is to seek perfection in my final design, although I know that perfection is always relative and I love what I do as it allows me to express myself with my art. Further, I love the flexibility that comes with my business, as it lets me to stay at home with my children. I also love to see women’s reaction to my jewellery and that is so heart-warming”.
Pamela sales her jewellery in different stores and online. Etsy as PAMdesigned, Bini Gallery in Collingwood; Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery; Space2b in South Yarra; Sisterworks in Richmond and Toorak; Open Drawer in Camberwell and Global Sisters online.