LONG LIVE the KEA
a brooch project by Jane Dodd
The population decline of the Kea, New Zealand’s mountain parrot, is an issue of specific concern to jeweller Jane Dodd. Jane has hand-carved 3 kea portraits. These are now cast as brooches in bronze and offered for sale by Fingers in a limited edition for $120 each. From each sale at least $50 will go directly to the Kea Conservation Trust.
The story of the Kea's devastation is particularly distressing. In the last century over 150,000 were deliberately killed in government-funded culls – a bounty being offered for every head delivered. Today it is estimated that less than 6,000 Kea remain. Threats from introduced pests and habitat loss from human activity are further challenging their survival.
The Kea Conservation Trust was set up in 2006 to assist in conservation of wild Kea (Nestor notabilis) in their natural habitat and to increase the husbandry standards and advocacy potential of those Kea held in captive facilities within New Zealand. The Kea Conservation Trust is registered as a charitable entity.
Fingers Annual Group Show
Featuring new works from over 40 of our leading artists
Image: Lisa Walker, Necklace, 2017
As part of Auckland ARTWEEK, Fingers is exhibiting recent works by our Graduate Award winners from the last 9 years, highlighting their continuing growth and development.
Image: Brendon Monson, Necklace, 2017. Laser cut satin, polyester cord
Introducing Neil Adcock
Neil Adcock graduated from the Wellington School of Design in 1979. He exhibited some of his early works in the National Art Gallery in Wellington and spent many years as a creative director in advertising. Four years ago he bought some jewellery making tools, set up a workshop and with a little help from YouTube, taught himself all the skills he needed to make his unique style of jewellery. He quickly gained a dedicated fan base, Lisa Reihana wore a selection of his works as the artist representing New Zealand at the 57th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia, and Lorde has a piece in her collection.
Fingers is very excited to now introduce Neil to our own audience.
2017 Graduating Students Award
This award is given annually to outstanding final year visual arts students
specialising in contemporary jewellery
Featuring Jun Xie, Whitireia Polytechnic
James Rawlinson, Hungry Creek Art & Craft School
Monika Fraider, Manukau School of Creative Arts
Emily Brain, Otago Polytechnic
New work in stock
Sandra Schmid, 'Holy Rockstar' Pendant, 2017
For 'White Night' and the 2017 Auckland Art Week, we chose to focus on a very traditional jewellery material, metal, and the exciting new approaches to its use being explored by a selection of our artists. Image: Debbie Adamson, 'Metal Star' Pendant, 2017
2016 Annual Group Show
Chromatic Metal by Joanna Campbell
"The idea with this work was simply to explore the absorbable quality of the anodised aluminium. And look at the process of dying or painting with dye, and have fun with colour, I have bead blasted the surface of the aluminium in order to make the surface area more porous like velvet so it really soaks up the colour"
2016 Graduating Students Award
Nik Hanton, Whitireia Polytechnic
Kylie Sinkovich, Hungry Creek Art & Craft School
Kim Whalen, Manukau School of Visual Arts
"Te Wharengakau o Tangaroa: The Sacred Heart of Tangaroa" $1,800
Whales tooth, Sharks teeth, Gold lipped Mother of Pearl, Black lipped Mother of Pearl and Silk.
Wharengakau is a term used for a house specifically constructed to resolve matters of violation. The use of shark teeth as a halo replaces Christ's crown of thorns to signify the sacredness of the dominion of Tangaroa as guardian of life upon and within the Pacific Ocean.
Fingers 2015 Annual Group Show
Paddy Woodman, Hemisphere Pendant, 2015, oxidised stirling silver, kevlar cord
Kobi Bosshard & Peter Mckay
2015 Graduating Students Award
Sandra Schmid, Whitireia Polytechnic, brooch