"I love to make and I still have in my studio an object that I remember making as a little boy. I made it from a shape of copper that I formed with a hammer on the doorstep off my father's shed. I used a nail to punch a pattern on its surface, I glued some gold chocolate box wrapper to the back to shine though the nail holes and I glued some coloured rhinestones in around it, but at the time I didn't have the knowledge to make a pin for it.
In 1994 I finished a 4 year Advanced Diploma at Dunedin School of Art where I had the amazing opportunity to learn from artists and craftspeople from around New Zealand. I had a studio with the Dunedin ArtHouse Cooperative and I had my work represented in Fingers and other galleries throughout New Zealand before I moved to the UK. When I came back to New Zealand I shared my time between making my art and jewellery and bringing up my two boys with my forever loving and supportive partner, Anne-Louise. I built a house and a small studio with a fantastic view of the Otago Peninsula in Otepoti Dunedin where I continue to make and follow my creative journey, from wood to shell to stone to silver to found objects, especially finding the unexpected qualities of the most ordinary materials." David Holmes, 2023
I have gathered shards of basalt stones and used them as a foundation for my latest jewellery pieces - reflections on our fractured social environment.
Pendant - THE FRUITS OF WAR 2023, basalt stone, sterling silver, pearl shell, glass, adjustable braided black nylon cord 111 x 38 x 9mm $880
Pendant - THE HARD STONE FACE 2023, Basalt stones, adjustable braided black
nylon cord 100 x 35 x 35mm $560
Pendant - SET IN STONE 2023, Basalt stone, faceted Andesite stone, sterling silver,
adjustable braided black nylon 75 x 20 x 15mm $580
Brooch - A TANGLED BALL OF SILVER 2023, Basalt stone, sterling silver,
stainless steel wire 35 x 67 x 20mm $530
Brooch - ORGANISED WITH CHAOS 2023, Basalt stone, sterling silver,
stainless steel wire 50 x 55 x 30mm $560
Necklace. "Gravel" on a tangled path. 44cm long $580
A selection of matt black finished basalt stones with a tangled sterling silver center piece. On a nylon cord with a stone button catch.
Necklace. "Gravel" on a dark path to light. 49cm long $580
A selection of matt black finished Dunedin basalt stones with a sterling silver cast stone shape center. On a nylon cord with a stone button catch.
Necklace. "Gravel" a night walk. 55cm long $580
A selection of matt black finished Dunedin basalt stones. On a nylon cord, with a faceted stone catch.
Necklace. "Gravel" travel. 65cm long $600
A selection of matt black Dunedin basalt stones with a Porphyries stone center from Orepuki. On a nylon cord with a stone button catch.