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Micaela Mornaghi

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Major project:

Integrating the Sacred and the Profane in Everyday Objects

My work is really much more about the body in of itself, what belongs in the body and where it belongs and why it belongs there. I am interested in how the body behaves, how and what makes it feel better and makes us feel more reassured. Therefore, what goes with that are our everyday objects.

Shaping, carving and transforming a rock into meaningful small objects that evolve into contemporary amulets are the essence of my work. I believe in the importance of a material with powerful and healing properties. Addressing the spiritual value of making also as a way of meditation and the transformation of the material into an amulet.

Integrating the sacred and the profane in relation to the ritual and routine.

The capacity of daily routines to be sacred, narrated through the objects we use, giving them a ritualistic value. These objects are made in crystals, attributing them with spiritual values. Each crystal has its own property and corresponds to a specific chakra and the object connects to that particular part of the body.


  • Mica Mornaghi is an artist and a jeweller from Buenos Aires, Argentina, living in London. Her work covers jewellery and objects that belong to a sculptural realm as well as to the body. As a storyteller, she creates a visual poetry drawn by a great interest in colour and composition. Exploring the self-being, the body and the relationship with objects, amulets and rituals. Currently she works with crystal properties and carving techniques; the connection between gemstones and healing, the power of the stones – crystals transformed into contemporary amulets.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA Textile Design, University of Buenos Aires, 2010; Postgraduate in Contemporary Applied Arts, Escola Massana Art and Design Centre, Barcelona, 2017
  • Experiences

  • Jewellery workshop, Object d’ Art Workshop, Cairo, 2018; Freelance photographer, Art Marbella, Marbella, 2016; Product, print and textile designer, Textiles del Sur, Buenos Aires, 2015–16; Freelance jewellery producer, Buenos Aires, 2014–16; Entrepreneur textile designer: screen prints for interior design, Buenos Aires, 2012–14; Freelance jeweller, Buenos Aires, 2008–19; Freelance screen-printer, Buenos Aires, 2012; Teacher's assistant in Fashion and Textiles, University of Buenos Aires, 2011–12; Product, print and textile designer, Textiles del Sur, Buenos Aires, 2009–10
  • Exhibitions

  • RCA Information Point (MJW), Lovaas Gallery, Munich, 2019; 'Red Thread', Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; 'Brea Blanca', Centro Cultural Islas Malvinas, La Plata, Buenos Aires, 2018; 'Brea Blanca', Capisano Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, 2018; 'Umbral-Threshold (MJW)', Raumwerk Concept Store + Galerie, Munich, 2018; Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2018; 'InMaterial', Artesania Catalunya CCAM, Barcelona, 2017; 'A, Ante, Bajo, Cabe, Con, Contra el Cuerpo...', Innova Gallery, Maldonado, 2017; 'Joyería Contemporánea', Tokonoma Gallery, Buenos Aires, 2016; 'Lo inesperado de lo cotidiano', Torre del Reloj, Design Week Mexico, Mexico City, 2016; 'Lo inesperado de lo cotidiano', Centro Cultural Recoleta, Buenos Aires, 2016; 'Muestra', Mercado Moderno, Valparaiso, 2015; 'Conjunción', Gachi Prieto Gallery, Contemporary Latin American Art, Buenos Aires, 2012; Final Degree Show, Centro Metropolitano de Diseño, Buenos Aires, 2010; 'Pieles', 5th International Biennial of Textile Art, Museum of Architecture, Buenos Aires, 2009
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