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.

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