In three letters, the word fio (meaning ‘to be made’ in latin) concisely sums up Matt Dwyer’s passion: making things.
His father – a sculptor, painter and art teacher – exposed Dwyer early on to world of art and the joy of fashioning handmade objects – whether a beautifully sculpted bronze bust, or, as a prolific tinkerer, crafty contraptions for the home or studio.
While firstly setting out to become a sculptor himself, Dwyer fell in love with jewellery making and still considers the medium similar – only at a smaller scale.
He completed a Bachelor of Fine Art – Gold and Silversmithing in Queensland and a decade-long journey since has taken him from Brisbane to Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Bangkok and beyond.
During this time Dwyer has exhibited in more than 30 shows in Australia and overseas, on top of selling his work commercially, guest lecturing and honing his skills in jewellery, lighting and object making.
Conceptually, the designer draws strongly on the themes of memory and the value of jewellery. Evident across all his work is a drive and ability to constantly push the boundaries in design, take on new creative challenges and embrace innovative techniques in a variety of mediums.
A diverse mix of decorative and functional work grace Dwyer’s impressive portfolio today, from quirky lighting, playful objects, opulent jewellery to teapots with a twist.
Highlights across the award-winning designer’s career include being named as one of Australia’s hot young designers in 2005, exhibiting at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2008, and in 2010 designing street lighting for Woolloongabba’s antique precinct in Brisbane.