CONTEMPORARY NEW ZEALAND JEWELLERY
Box of Seeds
A work where the wearer selects which form suits their mood for that moment of wearing. These forms carved from a range of different wood are not scientific representations rather impressions of. Seeds fascinate, beautiful structures full of so much potential life.
Earring Set, 9ct gold hooks with interchangeable earring units $1,350
Necklace, WOVEN OVAL, oxidised sterling silver with silk, 84cm long $1,900
Necklace, WOVEN CHAIN, oxidised sterling silver, 77cm long $5,000
Rule of Thirds Earrings, Kauri, Puriri and sterling silver $280
In 2020 I did a year-long course in permaculture which promotes a holistic, living-in-harmony-with-nature worldview. I now constantly question how I can make my practice more environmentally sustainable. As a maker I am interested in the life of all the materials I use, where they come from and where they end up. These two works are the start of a new direction. They are made from muka and dyed using natural dyes sourced from plants. Both the muka and plants for dying are all sourced within a 15-minute walk from my home.
Muka dyed with oxalis flowers, rhubarb root, eucalyptus bark, sterling silver, oxidised sterling silver $700
Muka dyed with oxalis flowers, Hebe flowers with wood ash and Tanekaha bark, sterling silver $700
In this time of global chaos I want to make jewellery to soothe. These worry beads guide the hand to a repetitive calming movement that follow the rhythms of nature. The total number of worry beads in a necklace usually equals a prime number (multiples of 4 +1). Here each group of 4 marks one year, depicting the equinox and solstice through the dark/light circadian rhythm.
7 Years Worry Beads, Reconstituted kauri & rimu, stg silver, silk, 117cm long $1,500
4 Years Worry Beads, Reconstituted kauri & ebony, stg silver, silk 68cm long $900
1 Year Worry Beads, Reconstituted kauri & rimu, stg silver, silk $300
This work draws on the ancient tradition of mourning jewellery which was worn to commemorate those who had passed and used as a touchstone to remember them every day. Years of our mass consumerism and throwaway society are having a devastating impact on the natural world. The rate of animal extinction is scary, with literally dozens going extinct each day. A rate 1,000 greater than the natural rhythm.
1. Brooch, sterling silver, gold leaf
2. Pendant, sterling silver, 24ct gold, cord
3. Pendant, sterling silver, oxidised sterling silver
4. Pendant, oxidised sterling silver, cord
5. Pendant, sterling silver, mild steel nut, cord
6. Pendant, sterling silver, cord
7. Pendant, oxidised sterling silver, cord
8. Pendant, sterling silver, 24ct gold, cord
9. Pendant, sterling silver, cord
10. Pendant, sterling silver, gold leaf, cord
11. Brooch, sterling silver
12. Brooch, oxidised sterling silver
13. Brooch, sterling silver
14. Brooch with pin, sterling silver & oxidised sterling silver
15. Pendant, Steel wire,oxidised sterling silver, cord
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