Grace Yu Piper graduated from Whitireia Polytechnic in 2017 with a Bachelor of Applied Arts (jewellery Design).
Stone is her material of choice. "I enjoy the slow pace and meditative aspects of carving. Each piece has to be thought about methodically and calculated – carving is a reductive process so all decisions made are final. Stone has a connection to nature and to place. It is a slow material that counteracts the fast paced and disposable world that we live in."
In 2018 Grace was selected to exhibit at Talente in Germany and in 2019 was selected to exhibit at Schmuck as part of Munich Jewellery Week.
Glint #1. Earrings, rhyolite ,cubic zirconia, stg silver, 16 x 40 x 15mm $350
Glint #2 Earrings, black jade, cubic zirconia, stg silver 13 x 35 x 14mm $350
Glint #3 Argillite, Earrings, cubic zirconia, stg silver 13 x 35 x 14mm $350
What is an earring? What makes an earring, an earring?
This series is a continuation of my interest in examining and upending the functionalities of jewellery. By bringing earring hooks and butterflies to the front I ask the viewer to consider what is often overlooked or accepted as normal by default. I am intrigued by small details, the unseen and disrupting the order of things.
Hook #1, 2021, Rhyolite, basalt, sterling silver, 20 x 70 x 8mm $650
Hook #2, 2021, Argillite, sterling silver, 20 x 78 x 8mm $650
Hook #3, 2021, Rhyolite, basalt, sterling silver, 19 x 26 x 14mm $500
Butterfly #1, 2021, Greywacke, black jade (Australia), sterling silver, 13 x 13 x 21mm $550
Butterfly #2, 2021, Basalt, sterling silver, 21 x 50 x 8mm $550
‘Wave’ Brooch Jadite (China) sterling, stainless steel $580
‘Ripple’ Brooch Basalt (NZ) sterling, stainless steel $580
‘Void’ Brooch Basalt (NZ) sterling, stainless steel $580
This series is a manifestation of my interest in examining and upending the functionalities of jewellery. I have taken the practical aspect of the clasp and turned it into the focal point. No element is superfluous or decorative, every aspect has functional reasoning behind it. Minimal and androgynous by its very nature.
Each piece acts as a little puzzle, two halves that slot into each other to become one. This forces an initial interaction with the wearer and introduces a tactile connection with the object.
Playing Catch #1, 2019 $620
Argillite, greywacke, cord
Playing Catch #2, 2019 $740
Playing Catch #3, 2019 $620
Jade, greywacke, cord
Playing Catch #4, 2019 $620
Playing Catch #5, 2019 $620
Black jade, greywacke, cord