Wrapping it up

Kia ora!

I’ve been missing in action on the blog front for the last we while as I was working on getting all my papers in for my final year of studies at Whitireia and also preparing for my solo show MOOP at Toi Pōneke Gallery in Wellington + submitting work for the Whitireia annual visual arts graduate exhibition TOAST at Pataka Gallery and museum in Porirua.   Both of which have just finished on the weekend and were a great success.

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A result of the Trade to Treasure project: A selection of my work for the Whitireia graduate show TOAST @ PATAKA (Photo credit- Pataka)

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Install view- A selection of my work for the Whitireia graduate show TOAST @ PATAKA (Photo credit- Pataka)

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Install view of my Solo show MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) resulting from my year as Whitireia’s artist-in-residence at Toi Pōneke gallery in Wellington.

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Install view of my Solo show MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) resulting from my year as Whitireia’s artist-in-residence at Toi Pōneke gallery in Wellington.

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Install view of my Solo show MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) resulting from my year as Whitireia’s artist-in-residence at Toi Pōneke gallery in Wellington. Some works on display resulting from my Trade to Treasure project.

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Various pieces from the MOOP series incorporating the Trade to Treasure project

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Various pieces from the MOOP series incorporating the Trade to Treasure project

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Various pieces from the MOOP series incorporating the Trade to Treasure project

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Various pieces from the MOOP series incorporating the Trade to Treasure project

Today I also received a piece of mine which has been on a 2 year journey- with the touring exhibition Wunderrūma. ‘Harnessing the Power of Patriarchy’. Ring, Brass. 2013.

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Harnessing the Power of Patriarchy Ring, Brass, 2013. Exhibited in the touring exhibition Wunderrūma curated by Karl Fritsch & Warwick Freeman.

 

It has been an amazing year- so much has happened and it has been a great ride. I hope you all have enjoyed this blog! This will be my last post for a while and I may move onto developing my own website in the new year. Will keep you posted and check out my Facebook jewellery page for more updates.

Thanks for joining me!

Happy holidays

Fran

 

 

 

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Nearly There!

Its October already! I am now about 5 weeks away from my solo show opening at Toi Pōneke Gallery in Wellington and my final hand in for my studies is about 3 weeks away- It’s all on! It’s a bit of a cliché but this year has gone so fast and I can’t believe its nearly the end of my residency, and studies after 4 years! well, 2 more months sorta.

I am happy to announce that my solo exhibition MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) will be open to the public from 20th November- 12th December at Toi Pōneke Gallery.

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You can read more about the premise of the show if you follow this link for my media release  http://wellington.govt.nz/your-council/news/2015/10/jewellery-artist-sees-potential-in-things-forgotten

I am in the stages of finishing up making, but it seems I create more work along the way. But, I have started making gifts for the participants that donated their sterling silver bits and pieces to the Trade to Treasure project. A thank-you gift seemed more reciprocal and fitting with the ethos of the project in the end, and they have been made from scratch using a combination of the donations that I received. I appreciate a personal touch and I hope my supporters do too!

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Probably one of my last casting batches using donations from The Trade to Treasure project

Probably one of my last casting batches using donations from The Trade to Treasure project

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Remnants from donations with the assay marks

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Starting to play around with some ideas that I have had bench marked for a while….

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Spoon re-imagined as vessel for holding the stg silver marks of the donated pieces that I have used in my castings.

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The white appearance is the fine silver coming to the surface as a result of heating from soldering and pickling in an acid solution to remove the borax. Sterling silver also known as 925 means it is an alloy made up of 925 parts fine silver and 75 parts copper- The addition of Copper makes it stronger /harder than fine silver on its own. The normal shiny silver luster most people are familiar with is due to sanding/ polishing of this surface or from wear over time which naturally polishes the piece with friction against the skin over time (e.g. with a ring).

More to come!

Will also update with details of Whitireia Graduate exhibition at Pataka, Porirua.

The Pavilion that was Radiant

Hello, welcome back to my jewellery blog!

This year is zipping by so quickly! I just realised it’s been a month since my last post. A lot has been happening, high flying, exhibiting and now I have two exhibitions and my final hand in for my graduate diploma approaching in November…Eeek! So much to do, may the force be with me!

Today I thought I’d share some snaps from my travels abroad recently with my jewellery pals Tuesday’s Order. We were selected to take part in Radiant Pavilion: a contemporary jewellery and object trail in Melbourne, which was masterminded by two fantastic jewellers and spokeswomen Claire Mc Ardle and Chloe Powell. We were very fortunate as a group to receive funding from Creative New Zealand in order to travel to Australia to take part in the week long festivities of Radiant Pavilion and also exhibit our show Park Where You Want at Fort Delta Gallery, managed by  the wonderful James Bowen.

Our exhibition was a great success and on the whole I really valued the firsthand experience of getting a feel for the contemporary jewellery scene and its community in our neighbouring country. Making connections with people and feeling the shared value placed on the work we all do was reaffirming.

Being in another environment away from your own, I find always makes me more aware of my identity. I noticed this both on a personal level as well as the differences and similarities in our contemporary jewellery ‘culture’ or perhaps attitude is a more fitting word here.

But on with the snaps! more to be discussed at a later date when Tuesday’s Order give a public presentation of our Radiant Pavilion experience

Accommodating views with air bnb...

Hellooo Melbourne, what a swish view from our air bnb!

On a night time mission

On a night time mission

The results of gathering materials at short notice from around the city for our install

The results of gathering materials at short notice from around the city for our install

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First stages of set up: we have an L shape structure as our starting point..

Adding final touches to our display..

Adding final touches to our display..

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Laying out the work to decide on its placement- so much colour!

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Moko pendant by Keri-Mei Zagrobelna

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A corner of my install..

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Earrings and pendants from my TRASHED series

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View looking down over Moniek Schrijer and Amy King’s work

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Opening night celebrations! Tuesday’s order jewellers

Captivated audience

Captivated audience

Love the surprised face on seeing this piece

Love the surprised face on seeing this piece

Caroline Thomas' Worry beads hiding in this little sneaky nook

Caroline Thomas’ Worry beads hiding in this little sneaky nook

Friendly faces abound- Melbourne jeweller Rossi Childs shows me her beautifully hand crafted pendant

Out and about- Melbourne jeweller Rossi Childs shows me her beautifully hand crafted pendant

Close up of Rossi's pendant.

Close up of Rossi’s pendant.

Objects by UK silversmith David Clarke- they were very beautiful and strangley cuddly and tender

Objects by UK silversmith David Clarke- they were very beautiful and strangley cuddly and tender

Salon Rouge opens her gallery doors to an unsuspecting audience at Crossly street opening night

Salon Rouge opens her gallery doors to an unsuspecting audience at Crossly street opening night

Up on the fourth floor and in the reception of an old school jewellery plating service awaits  a little jewellery exhibition as a part of the Radiant Pavilion trail... The door bell rang constantly !

Up on the fourth floor and in the reception of an old school jewellery plating service awaits a little jewellery exhibition by Laila Marie Costa as a part of the Radiant Pavilion trail… The door bell rang constantly when you stepped in to have a look!

 Laila Marie Costa- 'Who's afraid of blue, white and yellow'

Laila Marie Costa- ‘Who’s afraid of blue, white and yellow’

Roseanne Bartley- Post Cards from the ring road

Roseanne Bartley- Post Cards from the ring road

Searching the streets for our shadow on Roseanne's walking tour- re-imagining moments pre- jewellery with #myshadowwears

Searching the streets for our shadow on Roseanne’s walking tour- re-imagining moments pre- jewellery with #myshadowwears

On day 4 I kept seeing this woman and her earrings through out the day on my journey around the city. Eventually I ran into her at an opening  that evening and got chatting . It turned out Judith was a jeweller herself and was giving a presentation the next day with her frien Victoria. Judith's wearing Earrings by Australian jewellers Lauren Simeoni & Melinda Young- I really love their work

On day 4 I kept seeing this woman and her earrings through out the day on my journey around the city. Eventually I ran into her at an opening that evening and got chatting . It turned out Judith was a jeweller herself and was giving a presentation the next day with her frien Victoria. Judith’s wearing Earrings by Australian jewellers Lauren Simeoni & Melinda Young- I really love their work

Victoria Cleland, after presenting with Judith Torzillo on their project about Young Jewellery collectors. Victoria (a collector herself) pictured here wearing her Lucy Sarneel pendant

Victoria Cleland, after presenting with Judith Torzillo on their project about Young Jewellery collectors. Victoria (a collector herself) pictured here wearing her Lucy Sarneel pendant

Noticing the subtle differences

Noticing the subtle differences

A squee moment.. when meeting Zoe Brand. This is some of her work from the show Carousel at 45 downstairs

A ‘squee’ moment.. when meeting Zoe Brand. This is some of her work from the show Carousel at 45 downstairs

NZ barrister Garth O'Brien gives us delicious fudge and a presentation on his contemporary jewellery collection

NZ barrister Garth O’Brien gives us delicious fudge and a presentation on his contemporary jewellery collection

Garth's collector coat bejeweled with pieces by Warwick Freeman and Octavia Cook

Garth’s collector coat bejeweled with pieces by Warwick Freeman and Octavia Cook

Co creator of Radiant Pavilion, Claire Mc Ardle wowed us with her show Oaxaca Experienca

Co creator of Radiant Pavilion, Claire Mc Ardle wowed us with her show Oaxaca Experienca

Claire Mc Ardle pendant from Oaxaca Experiencia

Claire Mc Ardle pendant from Oaxaca Experiencia- One of my favourites!

Maker and collector united at an opening x

Maker and collector united at an opening x

And then it was time to pack down.. Too much more to be seen and so much more to show!

And then it was time to pack down.. There was much more to be seen and so much more to show!

Trade to Treasure Update

Good evening all, hope you’ve had a good weekend.

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Hamming it up for the camera! Me in my studio for the Toi Pōneke 10th birthday open day. Photo by Mark Tantrum

It has been a busy time for me with academic presentations, the Toi Pōneke 10th Birthday open day where I had a workroom ring sale and planning for an upcoming trip to Melbourne where I will be showing work with some of my peers in The Radiant Pavilion Contemporary Jewellery & Object Trail with our show Park Where You Want at Fort Delta Gallery.

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As Spring is approaching, so too is the last trimester of my year of studies! Cue the sirens, stress rash and scrambled brain… well, not the whole time I hope, keep the faith!

The universe giving me a sign to

The universe giving me a sign to “Keep the faith” with these plastic rosary I found on the street

By now the Trade to Treasure is in its winding down stage and I have just received probably one of my last donations to the project which has come from Australia!

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IMG_0879_edited A wonderful donation received from a fellow jeweller in Australia. Some of which were at one stage her own results of recycling material from jewellery inherited by a family member.

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It has been an amazing experience having people respond to my call and also one that’s been very humbling. The project wouldn’t have been fulfilled without everyone’s participation and generosity, so Thank you all for being amazing arts supporters!

Here on in I will continue to work with the remaining donations that are usable for this project, transforming them into jewellery pieces using the casting process, and I will begin to embark on the next stages of planning for the exhibition and design of the Trade to Treasure booklet.

Working on the brooch back for this piece

Working on the brooch back for this piece

And if you happen to have an hour or two to spare this coming Sat 22nd August then come along to the Sea Shepherd Society Evans Bay Foreshore beach clean up from 1pm. Last time we had a lovely encounter from a seal that was living in the area. The Sea Shepherd flag will be up.. more info here on their Facebook event page.20150711_144752

Watch this space!

Unpacking it all

Kia ora!

It’s been a while since my last post but a lot has been happening in between! The blog left off on the hype around the opening of Wunderrūma at Auckland Art Gallery and the subsequent festival of exhibitions and pop up shows that culminated in ‘Wunderweek’. I think I am still unpacking that whole experience but really need to push on and start finding new room for these trinkets of time to fit into now that I’m home… How long does your suitcase sit half unpacked when you get back from a trip!?

So I will try and find some spaces for these snapshots and stories here today and illustrate some highlights before pressing on and getting back to the Trade To Treasure project. Grab a cuppa and prepare to scroll 🙂

Arriving in Auckland a day before the opening of Wunderrūma I was lucky to be able to catch up with some family on beautiful Waiheke Island. Such a relief to sail across soothing waters and find love and peace here before launching back into the noise and bustle of the big smoke.

Me, my cuz and her lil' dog at home in Waiheke

Me, my cuz and her lil’ dog at home in Waiheke

Evening stroll for Fish & Chips

Evening stroll for Fish & Chips

Magic view

Magic view

Paradise eh

Paradise eh

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A beautiful array of shells

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There was hardly any rubbish on this beach! It took me back to my childhood with the sense of its ‘untouchedness’.

Angry Octopus sea sponge

Angry Octopus sea sponge

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It’s hard to escape the nylon fishing line which gets tangled up in the seaweed. This lot had an interesting lead fish shaped lure on it…

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After hiking back up the hill I stopped to take in the view and make something with the collection of shell and small amount of rubbish I’d collected off the beach.

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Leaving for the big smoke again.. much more refreshed

Stepping off the boat and heading up Queen St was like making my way through the surf. As you go deeper in, the waves bash against you, sometimes you have to take a dive under the big wave as to not be pounded by it… I made my way ducking and and pushing through the waves of sound and chaos eventually finding my hostel and meeting up with friends for a quick beer before the night of celebrations were to begin.

First up for the evening was the opening of  ‘Wundermeke’ at Fingers Gallery…

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Renee Bevan with one of my most coveted pieces ‘Lighthearted’ an electro formed balloon with the artists breath captured inside. And her newest and precious necklace/ brooch ‘Jasper’

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Lisa Walker with her take on the use of Pounamu. Great to see up close.. photo’s don’t really give you the feel of it’s wholeness, quietly bold..kinda serene. Hard to explain!

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Some pieces from Gillian Deery..in which I had a geek out moment when I saw her. “It’s Gillian Deery” Cue awkwardness.

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Karl Fritsch & Warwick Freeman Hook & Sinker /Drowner collection. A reflection of the fishing trip metaphor they collaborated on to curate their show Wunderrūma.

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Happy artists Neke Moa & Jess Winchcombe celebrating with their work also featured in Wunderrūma.

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The talent and beauty that is Keri- Mei Zagrobelna! She’s wearing a beautiful carved Pounamu ear pendant by Terence Turner.

Then the big hurrah.. the opening of Wunderrūma….the anticipation as we walked across the road from Fingers Gallery to Auckland Art Gallery was about to be revealed…

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Meeting up with the fam

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Courtney Johnston Director of the Dowse gives her opening speech.

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It was really nice to be met by this Pou of Arnold Manaaki Wilson; ‘Whangai 2’ a piece he created in 1984 the same year I arrived here into this world. Arnold’s work was a big inspiration to me in my teens when I was into fashion and textile design at Wellington High School.

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Got a flashing from Salon Rouge, exhibiting the de Refuses of jewellery not selected for Wunderrūma.

Represent

Represent

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Inia Taylor’s moko Helmet

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Rohan Wealleans Silver Skull.

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Gillian, Lisa & Karen’s Pendants

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‘Ring clump’

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My guy! Harnessing The Power Of patriarchy

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Chris Charteris’s Wasekaseka

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Nicki Hastings-McFall’s AGAPE -Polynisation garland series

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Emily Valentine’s Kingfisher brooch. Yes it’s a brooch!

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Peter Madden’s painted Fly pins

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Richard Killeen

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Sarah Read’s ‘This too shall Pass’ pins

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Rob Upritchard’s beautiful box of rings made from pebbles

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Len Lye’s He Tiki pendant and Matthew Mcintyre-Wilson in the background

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Ross Malcom’ awesome plastic flora brooches

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Ross Malcom

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Neke Moa!

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Happy Makers

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Rob Upritchard’s Hook carved from Greywacke

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The crowds gather to listen to the unfolding story of Wunderrūma

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Story tellers Warwick, Courtney & Karl

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Lisa Walker, Moniek Schrijer, Sharon Fitness

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Public demo day at A.k Art Gallery with Sharon Fitness & Neke Moa

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Neke with her muka and pounamu to polish

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There was more..you have to go see for yourself! The addition of selections from Auckland Art Galleries collection makes for another interesting and colourful iteration of the show- expanding on ideas and themes of jewellery connotations and adornment.

Then there was Wunderweek! With the majority of action taking place on Karangahape Road, it made for a great circuit of jewellery hunting. I will leave you all today with some snippets from that and also some highlights of two other shows I was involved in with Tuesday’s Order at Masterworks & R.A.W curated by the brilliant Jo Mears at Gallery One Oh Eight. SOO much more to unpack but I’ve run outta time!

Tuesday's Order with 'Parallel Parking' Neckware at Masterworks

Tuesday’s Order with ‘Parallel Parking’ Neckware at Masterworks

Deets

Deets

My lil piece 'Peggy'

My lil piece ‘Peggy’

Amy King @ The Keep

Amy King @ The Keep

One of Amy's fungi rings.. soo lush

One of Amy’s fungi rings.. soo lush

Raewyn Walsh airing her 'dirty laundry' @ R.A.W.

Raewyn Walsh airing her ‘dirty laundry’ @ R.A.W.

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Vanessa Arthur @ R.A.W

Vanessa Arthur @ R.A.W

Neke Moa @ R.A.W

Neke Moa @ R.A.W

Jane Ritchie @ R.A.W

Jane Ritchie @ R.A.W

Nadene Carr @ R.A.W

Nadene Carr @ R.A.W

My piece 'Wear'

My piece ‘Wear’

Nadine Smith @ R.A.W

Nadine Smith @ R.A.W

Nadine Smith @ R.A.W

Nadine Smith @ R.A.W

Zoe Brand @ R.A.W

Zoe Brand @ R.A.W

Fuck Yeah Mate! @ R.A.W

Fuck Yeah Mate! @ R.A.W

Lisa Walker @ R.A.W

Lisa Walker @ R.A.W

Caroline Thomas horsing about  @ R.A.W

Caroline Thomas horsing about @ R.A.W

Nik Hanton @ R.A.W

Nik Hanton @ R.A.W

Becky Bliss @ R.A.W

Becky Bliss @ R.A.W

Becky Bliss @ R.A.W

Becky Bliss @ R.A.W

Sarah Read @ R.A.W

Sarah Read @ R.A.W

Sarah Read @ R.A.W

Sarah Read @ R.A.W

Mia Straka @ R.A.W

Mia Straka @ R.A.W

Spring Rees @ R.A.W

Spring Rees @ R.A.W

Cath Dearsley @ R.A.W

Cath Dearsley @ R.A.W

Mandy Flood @ R.A.W

Mandy Flood @ R.A.W

Deborah Crowe @ R.A.W

Deborah Crowe @ R.A.W

Moniek Schrijer solo @Masterworks

Moniek Schrijer solo @Masterworks

Moniek Schrijer solo @Masterworks

Moniek Schrijer solo @Masterworks

Moniek Schrijer solo @Masterworks

Moniek Schrijer solo @Masterworks

Found mystery object

Found mystery object

Sand cast in Bronze- I found this creature just hanging out on the street near Objectspace.. A gift from the universe. Is it art or a really crafty bottle opener? I dunno but It's my new friend.

Sand cast in Bronze- I found this creature just hanging out on the street near Objectspace.. A gift from the universe. Is it art or a really crafty bottle opener? I dunno but It’s my new friend.

Wunderful Jewels of July

Hello, hope you are all enjoying your Sunday!

Today’s post is a little bit more of an update on some happenings related to contemporary art & jewellery events. To expand upon my ‘news page’ I will provide a little more detail of some great events & exhibitions taking place in July that will be amazing. Hope you get to go along to if they’re in your area!

The excitement building for me this  month  is the opening of Wunderrūma at Auckland Art Gallery on July 18th in which one of my rings will show. It’s been dubbed as the largest exhibition of New Zealand contemporary jewellery and objects to travel Europe. Curated by renowned jewellers Karl Fritsch and Warwick Freeman, Wunderrūma traveled to Munich, Germany for SHMUCK festival in 2014 where it was exhibited at Gallerie Handwerk. Soon after its return to New Zealand It was then hosted at The Dowse Art Gallery & Museum, and this year  Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki plays host from July 18th.

Fortunately I’m going to be jumping on a plane to attend this opening with some Auckland based family whom I’m looking forward to seeing and sharing the experience with, but as well as that, it’s the commotion among the contemporary jewellery community which I’m looking forward to getting in the mix of with the festival type happening ‘Wunderweek’ organised by the Jewellers Guild of Greater Sandringham that has sprouted in response.

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Vivien Atkinson’s Salon Rouge gallery ‘doors’ are open for business at the opening of Wunderrūma at the Dowse, 2014. Image retrieved from http://handshake2.com/2014/05/17/news/

There is to be a myriad of pop up shows and galleries hosting exhibitions of work from contemporary jewellers around New Zealand. For more details check the website here.  Some great jewellery heroines of mine ‘Occupation Artist’ will have a pozzy with their jewels at Anna Miles Gallery and Fingers gallery have a Wunderrūma related showcase too!

During Wunderweek along with some of my fellow jewellers, I will also have some jewellery in the R.A.W show curated by Jo Mears at Gallery One Oh Eight on Karangahape Rd. and as well, a group of new jewellers and ex Whitireia mates of mine have formed a collective called Tuesday’s Order. We will be showcasing some neck wear at Masterworks Gallery with our show Parallel Parking. This will be our debut as a group and it will be a taster for what’s to come later in September when we present our wears in The Radiant Pavilion contemporary jewellery & object trail  with our exhibition Park Where You Want at Fort Delta gallery in Melbourne.

I’m looking forward to hitting up many other great exhibitions happening in Auckland over that weekend with White space gallery in Grey Lynn hosting FUNCTIONAL, featuring a conversation of works by New Zealand contemporary visual artists including among the mix Kerry Ann Lee, Madeline Childs & Niki Hastings-McFall; Object Space in Ponsonby hosts Warwick Freeman’s The Family Jewels. Looking forward to seeing some good ol’ tales of nz contemporary jewellery history here. Also to see at Objectspace is Make/Use a project which introduces the ‘ethical fashion’ concept of zero waste garment creation, headed by Holly McQuillan, Senior Lecturer at Massey University, there are also workshops, cool!. I had the honour of loaning textile artist Greta Menzies some of my jewels for the Make/Use promotional photo shoot which her beautiful textile surface designs are featured in; Whilst I’m popping into Masterworks I’m keen to see the blimmin’ talented Moniek Schrijer’s show IV  along with the MIT  diploma students exhibition Set. And over at Auckland Art gallery I’ve been highly recommended seeing  multi- disciplinary artist, Lisa Reihana’s  In Persuit of Venus [infected] . I’m sure plenty of other shows and unexpected gems & encounters will take my time and interest whilst I’m there over the weekend- just have to try and cram it all in!

I am excited for and envious of those I know whom are gearing up to attend the JMGA Edges Borders Gaps conference (Jewellers and Metalsmiths Group of Australia) in Sydney from 10-12th July. There will be guest speakers, workshops and much more happening during this 3 day event which also includes a bevy of exhibitions with some New Zealand representation. Going in to bat is Whitireia’s head of  the Jewellery faculty, Peter Decker’s HandShake2 mentorship project, to the Graduate Metal XIV Awards Exhibition that myself and fellow peers Caroline Thomas and Sandra Schmid will have have our work presented in.

And to top off an already awesome month, I just received news that my entry for the Ethical Metalsmiths So Fresh + So Clean awards exhibition has been selected. This online show will be published on their website in September with teasers coming soon on their Facebook page. Ethical Metalsmiths based in Ohio, U.S.A has a vision is to see “a sustainable future with jewelry and makers contributing to the well being of the earth, its peoples, and cultures.”

 

Speaking of the environment…Sea Shepherd NZ are hosting another beach clean at Evan’s Bay foreshore in Wellington this coming Sat 11th July from 1pm. Needs your helping hands- so much plastic! I will be there and have a ride available leaving from Mt. Vic if you’re keen 🙂 here’s the FB link  https://www.facebook.com/events/870034643083921/

This has been a bit more of a lengthy post than my usual, and with a bazillion links to to keep you dizzied yet informed and entertained (I hope). I will leave you with a trip down memory lane; Pearls of Wisdom, a necklace I created a few years ago at the end of my first year of studies which is constructed of hand rolled and fired porcelain ‘pearls’ with my wisdom tooth printed imprinted into the surface. I am reminded of it as today I had my third wisdom tooth pulled… Happy ouch.

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Today’s happy ouch

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Pearls of Wisdom, 2012. Porcelain, ribbon

In my next post I will update you on the Trade to Treasure project and show some studio shots of works in progress.

Stay warm! Thanks for reading

Happenstance

Happenstance, it was a word that revealed itself along with the other little gems I was was finding..it popped up as I was trawling the internet, a sign to confirm to me that the little happenings taking place in my day were all a message confirming that the universe was listening to my will and responding with gifts that I felt were meant for me.

As I am working to re-purpose rubbish through my jewellery making practice I have become accustomed to noticing potential in discarded objects I find  when walking the city streets and cleaning up the sea shores.

Before I take these findings back to my studio, I try to remember to get a snap shot in situ as I find them. For me this aspect of documenting responds to the story teller in me. I also find it fascinating to contend with the idea of how we relate to an object when it is out of context away from its origin or intended purpose.

Below are some examples of little things I have found on my journey’s out and about.. the unintentional finds and signs that reveal themselves when I’m not even deliberately looking for them.

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