"The first 'proper' piece of jewellery I made was with the help of a local jeweller for a design project at school. Using tools and metal to create an object from a two-dimensional drawing was an incredibly satisfying experience that sparked my passion for making. I have continued to construct forms that contour to the body and come alive when worn, trying to make each detail pertinent and working in an increasingly sculptural manner.
I place value primarily on the care, thought and skill invested in the making of jewellery and the connections people make with it. Jewellery that is treasured as a symbol of meaning deserves this consideration.
My way of working is driven both conceptually and by process. Some pieces seem to grow as I make them, the construction delineating the form. Other works are carefully planned and designed before fabrication begins, always with an open mind to development and adaptation. I'm interested in exploring overlapping yet often conflicting notions such as protection and restriction, the private and public, freedom and chaos. The grey area where one concept merges into another is open to interpretation and a place where new ways of thinking can grow."
"My early childhood was spent in my family's home town of Puhoi, before moving to Singapore where I lived for seven years. This was a valuable experience that gave me a new perspective on the world around me, living amongst such a diversity of cultures.
On my return to New Zealand I finished secondary school and decided to pursue a career in visual arts. I began a design degree at Unitec and was drawn to jewellery because of its scale and relationship to the body, as well as through a love of making and problem solving with my hands.
After graduating in 2001 I spent two years travelling and gaining experience as a jeweller in London, then moved to Switzerland where I spent five months in Zug making my own designs for exhibitions in the atelier of Swiss jeweller Brigitte Moser.
On returning home to Auckland in 2005 I set up my workshop; first at Corban Art Estate, moving to Satellite Gallery in 2006, then in 2008 moving to Workshop 6, and continue to develop my practice as a contemporary jeweller."
Interconnected Planetary Heartstrings Necklace, stg, cu, brass, patina $1,140
'WormHole' Tubular Twist Necklace fine silver, cord 129cm $550
Valere Talisman neckpiece, Brass, silk and cotton cord $1,160
Talisman pendant, 22ct gold, 'Free' $795
Talisman pendant, fine silver, 'Mano' $110
Talisman pendant, fine silver, 'Space' $110
Talisman pendant, oxidised fine silver, 'Light' $110
Talisman pendant, Copper, 'Conduct' $95
Talisman pendant, oxidised copper, 'Sense' $95
Talisman pendant, brass, 'Matter' $95
'Collapsing Cities' Necklace, brass with patina, sterling silver. $1,170
'Shuttle' Necklace $2,520
Oxidised pure and sterling silver, 24ct gold leaf, 9ct gold links
FIRE pendant - Brass, copper $750
WATER pendant - Brass, sterling silver $850
AIR pendant - Brass, sterling silver, copper $850
EARTH pendant - Patinated brass, copper, spray painted brass $950
UNIVERSE pendant - Sterling silver, silk $650
Escalier necklace $1,850
Stg silver, nylon monofilament, silk
Necklace, stg silver, 18ct gold, muka $1,125
Necklace, stg silver, 18ct gold, dyed muka $1,125
Gush, necklace $1,200
Stg silver, embroidery thread, silk cord
Wishbone Neckpiece $1,650
Wishbone Pendant $750
Golden Fleece Necklace $800
Electroformed silver, paint, dyed muka, oxidised silver
Wheel Amulet $750
Oxidised silver, dyed muka
Spring Necklace $945
'Desert Gold' Necklace 2011 $300
Desert Camouflage army surplus fabric, brass
'Slick Black' Necklace 2011 $300
Rubber, plastic, polyester thread
'Seed' Necklace 2011 $900
Silver, electroformed plastic, paint, muka, rubber, dirt, quinoa seeds
'33.3g' Necklace 2011 $1,200
Rubber, brass, muka, oxidised silver
'Drop' Necklace, $1,790 'Hold" Necklace, $1,115
Stg silver, oxidised silver
Dribble Necklace oxidised stg silver $1,300
Scribble Brooch/Pendant stg silver with detachable brooch pin and chain $565
Spill Brooch oxidised stg silver $800