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.


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

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