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November 14th - 26th  2005

Fingers Annual Group Show


October 10th - 22nd  2005

Kobi Bosshard and Peter Mckay


September 19th - October 1st  2005

Fran Allison, Andrea Daly, Shelley Norton, Lisa Walker

Weeds catalogue

"I wonder why someone would choose to be a weed in the garden of jewellery. The answer seems to have something to do with a desire to intensify awareness of everyday things as things in them selves rather than as signs of something else. It is that experimental sensate thing to which Sontag points, the pleasure of touching the familiar and finding it strange, the pleasure found in the weedness of weeds."
Grant Thompson


August 8th - 27th  2005

Joanna Campbell
Swatches 2

Swatches 2 catalogue

In 'Swatches 2' Joanna Campbell continues her process driven exploration of textiles and metal. She investigates specific qualites of fabric such as drape, weight and bias and reinterprets them using gold and silk.


July 18th - 30th  2005

Karl Fritsch
blind diamonds and rough rubies

Karl Fritsch catalogue

"In George Perec's novel A Void, which he wrote entirely without the letter 'e', there's a story about a ring. Perec compares it to a scab, because it has almost become part of the body with age and wear. Karl Fritsch's rings have that quality. It's like inverse alchemy. He uses precious materials and turns them into childish, rough objects that look like they've come out of a candy machine. They're so immediate you can see the fingerprints. A Karl Fritsch ring is like an heirloom, something your great-grandmother might have worn." Francis Upritchard


July 4th - 16th  2005

Brian Adam
Finger Rings

Brian Adam catalogue


"These ring forms come from their process. I added bit of natural force, pressure, heat, gravity and steam, to the material's own properties to shape the objects."  Brian Adam, 2005


June 7th - 18th  2005

Areta Wilkinson
Legere to gather

Legere catalogue

Brooch, Pohutukawa, Metrosideros excelsa, Christmas Tree

"Fabricated silver plants build on earlier investigations of colonisation and identity. Legere is Latin the language of taxonomy, Legere To Gather is a gathering of stimuli and the exhibition a celebration of process.

New works were developed from a range of visual and research sources relating to the botanical collecting on Cooks first 1769 voyage to New Zealand. They included original Banks and Solander plant specimens housed in Auckland Museum and Lincoln herbariums, Sydney Parkinson etchings, botanical photographs painting and drawings, my own pressed plant specimens and material experiments."  Areta Wilkinson, 2005
Areta would like to acknowledge the support of Creative New Zealand.


May 16th - 28th  2005

Tania Patterson

Tania Patterson Catalogue

"This group of work continues my interest in New Zealand natural history and the overlaps between science and art. At Auckland Museum I came across some drawers filled with dead birds, I was struck by how little they told me about birds. These sad inanimate creatures spoke to me more of my own dead, yet these dead things do teach us about life. I am interested what the static museum display does and doesn't teach us."  Tania Paterson, 2005


March 21st - April 2nd  2005

Andrea Daly
Drawing Angel Wings


"This is a whimsical body of work referencing the romantic angel figure. They inhabit the world of 'just out of sight' and though rarely seen they leave their traces everywhere through our literature, religions, myths and contemporary media. They represent potential and possibility, the magical promise of the unknown."Andrea Daly, 2005

Drawing Angel Wings CATALOGUE

February 14th - 26th,  2005

Pauline Bern
The Ring Project

"I have re-viewed my local environment as a resource, selecting from the beach worn fragments of Waitemata papa, weathered pohutukawa and man-made remnants for intervention and transformation, reassessing the banal.
Made from structures and materials susceptible to wear and tear the rings are as vulnerable as the relationships they so often represent. Care must be taken: unlike the timeless durability of the convention of gold and diamonds, these rings may act as a reminder of the fragility of our emotions and interactions." Pauline Bern, 2005


January 17th - 29th,  2005

Lynn Kelly
Exotic or Not?

Historically and even today the Pacific conveys the idea of the exotic to new comers. To recognize this view of ourselves and our surroundings is almost unimaginable. It is this possibility of seeing the familiar with an alien gaze that Kelly explores. She represents iconic botanical symbols of New Zealand in a variety of materials that demand a re-inspection of that which we take for granted.
Pennie Hunt writes, "Lynn Kelly's confident use of diverse materials explores the ways in which native plant species can appear delightfully strange, even to accustomed eyes. The real lure of these pieces is that each one has the ability to explore our botanical residents afresh, re-inventing and re-discovering what constitutes the native."
(Art New Zealand Summer 2004-2005, p47).


November 8 - 20,  2004

Fingers Annual Group Show

Kath Inglis, skindeep bangles

October 26 - November 6  2004

Sandra Bushby
'Cut outs'

"Since 2003 I have been making sculptural installations and brooches using domestic fabric and the handcraft of embroidery.
The brooches for this exhibition have been inspired by New Zealand hand made jewellery from the 1930's era. My approach is modernist cut out techniques and traditional embroidery methods. Using the scissors and fabric I have cut out positive/ negative geometric shapes and embedded found objects in to the fabric. Materials used are found objects such as bakelite and glass haberdashery combined with felt, linen or towels. Random themes such as navigation have been developed as a direct result of meanings associated with a particular found object."
Sandra Bushby, 2004


October 4 - 16, 2004

JamFactory (Adelaide)
'Two Degrees South'

Adelaide and Auckland lie within two degrees latitude of one another, they share histories of nurturing and supporting contemporary jewellery workshops, jewellery collectives and galleries. Both cities have internationally renowned reputations for vibrant contemporary jewellery communities. Both cities have a growing pool of young practitioners. And both cities have their own style.

For over 30 years the JamFactory in Adelaide, South Australia has been running a professional training scheme, exhibition programme and two retail shops.

Housed in a purpose built complex in the heart of the city JamFactory has four studios, ceramics, furniture, hot glass and metal, two gallery spaces and an award winning retail facility.

The Metal Design Studio at JamFactory has been offering a Career Development Scheme and Artists in Residence program for over twelve years. Graduates from all around Australia and overseas compete for one of the five positions in the studio's Career Development Scheme, to spend two years working in the studio developing their own practice and learning new skills and techniques while working on a range of corporate commissions and architectural projects. The Career Development Scheme prepares young designer makers for a vibrant career in the arts through a busy and exciting mentoring program.

From a large pool of Metal Design Studio alumni seven artists have been selected to show their work in Auckland. The work of these artists cover a diverse range of conceptual and material approaches to jewellery making, while sharing a high level of skill and technical accomplishment.

Artists exhibiting in the 'Two Degrees South' at Fingers have been asked to respond to the themes of 'place' and 'identity' in relation to their work. In the show you will see brooches, bracelets and rings made of felt, upholstery fabric, resin, silver and steel. Exciting approaches to ideas and often unusual materials all beautifully executed.

Melissa Turner

NSW Metal Design Studio Associate 1996 - 1997


Lauren Simeoni

SA Metal Design Studio Associate
1997 - 1998


Belinda Newick

SA Metal Design Studio Associate
1998 - 1999


M J Ryan Bennett

Vic. Metal Design Studio Associate
2001 - 2002


Kath Inglis

SA Metal Design Studio Associate
2002 - 2003

Alisa Dewhurst
SA Metal Design Studio Associate
1996 - 1997
Katrina Freene
SA Metal Design Studio Associate
2002 - 2003

September 13 - 25, 2004

Mary Curtis
'Made in Waterview'

"This new body of work challenges the way we relate to objects of utility by changing them into objects of decoration."
Mary Curtis, 2004


August 30 - September 11, 2004

Jane Dodd and Anna Wallis
'Popular Science'

"Anna Wallis and Jane Dodd work with forces beyond their comprehension "
Anna and Jane, 2004

July 30 - August 21 2004

Alan Preston
'Road Works'


28 June - 10 July 2004


Chris Charteris
Jane Dodd
John Edgar
Warwick Freeman
Jason Hall
Niki Hastings-McFall
Lynn Kelly
Alan Preston


The SOUTH Project is a series of events over 4 years designed to link together the cultural energies of the south beginning formally with a gathering on 1-4 July 2004 at the Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne.

2004 SOUTH 1 includes a conference, where voices of the region may be heard. These voices are mainly English—from Australia, South Africa and New Zealand and include artists whose work forms a bridge between Western and traditional cultures.

SOUTH is structured as a consortium involving partner organisations such as contemporary art spaces, artist-run galleries, museums and related bodies, and around the conference are exhibitions and performances that draw on the South theme.

Fingers contribution is a curated show of selected New Zealand Jewellery Artists held at Fingers Gallery and timed to coincide with the Melbourne opening.



June 14 - 26, 2004

Barry Clarke
'at the beach'


"For six weeks at the end of last year I lived at the bach at Kakanui. The work I have produced for the exhibition has been as a result of the time spent there. Reflection, memories of times spent in St Ives, Cornwall over the last 30 years, walks along the beach, collecting stones, observing birds and confirming my love of the sea and the need to be near it."
Barry Clarke, 2004



May 31 - June 12, 2004

Fran Allison
'Random Findings'


"My aim is to spend each day in the studio having fun with objects and materials that excite me.
This work is about a process of rediscovery.
I chose to produce this exhibition by working randomly and intuitively. Through re-using and re-looking at objects kept on shelves, in boxes, on window ledges I have come to recognise that the threads that run through my work are reflected in all the things I've collected in a magpie-like way."
Fran Allison, 2004


April 13 - 24, 2004

Belinda Hager, Lynn Kelly, Elfi Spiewack
'22 Reasons'


February 9 - 21, 2004

imprint jewellery by Rainer Beneke

".... sifting through fragments of language to find a message that seems intended for you ...."
Damian Skinner

November 4 - 15, 2003

Fingers Annual Group Show


October 13 - 25, 2003

Workshop 6 celebrates its ten year anniversary

Areta Wilkinson, Anna Wallis, Jane Dodd, Helen OConnor

As part of the first group of jewellery graduates from the Polytech-based Craft Design Courses, Workshop 6 represents the next generation of contemporary jewellers after the Fingers group, and Fingers congratulates them on a very successful first ten years.


September 29 - October 11, 2003

Kobi Bosshard
'Ten Special Rings'

Kobi Bosshard rings

"As a boy of 10, I looked for the first time at gemstones in my father's workshop. I was intrigued by them, excited by both their colour and sparkle. And from then on I tried to be present whenever a gem merchant called to offer his wares. I always wished that my father would choose the largest and most precious stones. Sometimes he did, but more often than not, his choice was pragmatic.

On becoming a goldsmith myself, I learned many facts about stones: their chemical composition, their physical build-up and properties, their crystal structure and optical effects. I went to the mountains myself and found perfectly formed crystals.

Now, after nearly 50 years of working with gems, I have not lost my initial wonder at their colour and sparkle. Gemstones are very old but they don't age, a ruby today is as red as it was thousands of years ago and as it will continue to be in thousands of years. Its extraordinary hardness protects it from decay. Amazing.

After retiring from regular work over a year ago, I was offered some gems of extraordinary quality. I could not resist. I did as I had always wanted my father to do. I bought the most beautiful of them and added them to a small collection of special gems that I had acquired over many years. Making the appropriate rings for these special stones has become my main jewellery project this year. I try to make rings that are sympathetic to their stones, enhance them, but are not completely dominated by them and retain their own character of being "my" rings.

I have now completed a number of these rings. I am pleased with the results and am happy to exhibit them and offer them for sale in this small display at Fingers. I invite you to view these special rings, and hope you derive a similar pleasure from them as I do."
Kobi Bosshard


September 2 - 20, 2003

A Group Show of Jewellery for and about Men

Alan Preston, brooches

August 11 - 26, 2003

Shelley Norton

Shelley Norton

"Over the last year I have been making jewellery that is colourful, with a Dr Seuss like fun quality. I wanted the viewer to experience the same feeling one has at an enjoyable fancy dress or hat party.

Whilst in this relaxed playful mood, if the observer wishes to contextualise the work, I undertook to draw their attention to the process of making meaning. I did this by making pieces that combined multiple fragments of signifiers in abnormal formats and materials - my intention being to disrupt the possibility of any one actual meaning being applied to the work. By disrupting the manufacture of meaning, the viewer is encouraged to engage with the pieces, to become aware that they are involved in their own process of constructing meaning."
Shelley Norton 2003

July 28 - August 10, 2003

Alan Preston
'Walking along Muriwai Beach'

Alan Preston, brooches

May 19 - 31,  2003

New jewellery by Joanna Campbell

Joanna Campbell

"I graduated with a Bachelor of Design from UNITEC in 2001 majoring in Jewellery. Since then I have been making and selling work for sale and exhibition. Prior to studying I worked in the Clothing and Textile industry. I use my experience and knowledge of clothing and textiles as a constant resource for my practice of jewellery making.

This new work responds to the aesthetic of the humble dressmakers aids; pins, needles, sequins, bugle beads, tape measures, pin cushions, elastic and lace trim. I like the idea I am exalting these easily overlooked objects by interpreting them into fun and wearable jewellery."
Joanna Campbell 2003

March 3 - 31,  2003

Peter McKay

Peter McKay

Peter McKay lives and works in Akaroa on Banks Peninsular.
Peter's first solo exhibition at Fingers was in 1986.
Utilizing the rare technique of chasing, Peter manipulates art historical references and romantic symbolism to create pieces of exceptional beauty and meaning. In this new series of work, Peter explores the rendering of form using chased lines in sterling silver.

February 17 - March 1, 2003

Lynn Kelly

Lynn Kelly presents new work featuring maps and images printed directly onto metal. This superb series of works is exquisitely made and very beautiful.

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