- Region Perth North
- Training Institute North Metropolitan Tafe
- Supported by Government of Western Australian
Jewellery making is the perfect union of creativity and dexterity, two things that Mitchell Rigney has in spades. Having a lifelong passion for art, Mitchell was excited when he was introduced to the world of jewellery, which allowed him to create wearable art that allows people to express themselves. From that moment, he knew his future lay in jewellery making.
When not creating stunning works of art or studying new techniques, Mitchell enjoys restoring and maintaining pipe organs. These grand instruments contain thousands of small parts that work in unison to create beautiful music. Servicing these complicated machines is an almost meditative process for Mitchell and one that helps keep his fine motor skills sharp.
Mitchel was encouraged to join WorldSkills by colleagues who had participated before. The skills and techniques he’s learned along the way have helped him not only win gold, but improve the quality of his work and strive to be the best in everything he does.
“Art was always my main passion during school, however in my final years I was given free rein on what direction I wanted to take my studies, so I prioritised jewellery. I feel incredibly lucky I get to create art that’s worn as an expression of one’s self and is enjoyed by people every day.”