"Whitireia NZ short-listed Vanessa Arthur for the Whitireia Fingers Prize because of her quirky urban ideas, innovative design and use of unusual materials in her jewellery. In her mid-year exhibition at Thistle Hall, Wellington Vanessa produced photographs of street workers and jewellery situated on old ripped fly-posters to make urban statements referencing decay and renewal.
The final decision to award the 2011 Whitireia Fingers Prize to Vanessa was made by the highly esteemed artist - Karl Fritsch.
Following this success Vanessa was awarded the 'artist of the year' at Toi Poneke, Wellington."
Jewellery coordinator and tutor
"My work explores the permanence & impermanence of our surroundings. The passage of time within the urban landscape and our intervention with it, consciously or not.
I explore the in-between spaces, photographing and collecting materials orphaned and replaced by this evolving cycle.
I aim to capture moments, snapshots of this constantly changing façade. While creating jewellery which will continue to transform and reveal when worn."
Vanessa Arthur, 2012
'For Lease' Necklace (Reversible) $580
Reclaimed wood, dowel, laminate, steel, paint, plastic, billed poster, city dust, 925 silver
'For Lease' Necklace
'Tomorrows next best thing' Brooch $340
Reclaimed wood, paint, mesh, 925 silver, brass, city dust
'Tomorrows next best thing' Brooch
'Space between' Necklace $580
Reclaimed laminate, billed poster, city dust, plastic, paint, brass, 925 silver, 9ct rose gold
'Hasten or Halt' Ring II $480 925 silver, bronze, brass, 9ct rose gold, paint
'Hasten or Halt' Ring $380 925 silver, bronze, brass, paint