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.

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2 thoughts on “Unpacking it all

  1. This is a very interesting and colourful photo-story by Fran Carter, a young New Zealand contemporary jewellery artist, attending `Wunderrama’ (an jewellery exhibition travelling the world ) and two other Contemporary Jewellery exhibitions at Masterworks Gallery and R.A.W. in Auckland in July 2015. .Her works `harnessing the Power of Patriarchy ‘ (Wunderrama); ‘peggy'(Masterworks Gallery and `wear'(R.A.W) are among the photos Fran presents of works by the contemporary jewellery artists exhibiting and she makes an interesting commentary throughout . Thanks very much Fran.. I almost felt as if i was there too !

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