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Australian jewelry designer Robert Baines is a scholar and master of ancient goldsmith techniques, reviving practices that stretch back to the Bronze Age and applying them to fantastical, intricate works that impart a modern mythology and mysticism. Though his approach was first inspired by the 11th century monk and goldsmith Theophilus, Baines incorporates humor, satire and pop cultural iconography to create relics from imagined histories. Baines teaches gold and silversmithing at the Royal Melbourne Insitute of Technology, where he also studied. In 2010, he was named a Living Treasure and Master of Australian Craft and received the highest honor in craft in Australia in 1997, the Cicely and Colin Rigg Craft Award. His work is held in prestigious collections such as the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim.