The idea of making do with what’s available is a fitting analogy for Pauline Bern’s jewellery practice. Bern has always utilised locally sourced materials that are connected to her in some way and worked to transform them into something new. In this instance, a selection of plants from her Devonport garden provided the primary material for the pieces in Colonial Goose.
Colonial Goose harks back to the early pioneering tradition in New Zealand of making do with what’s on hand. Owing to a scarcity of geese, the traditional English Christmas fare of roast … Continue reading →
METAPHYSICAL HEART JEWELLERY BY PETER MCKAY Damian Skinner
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Metaphysical heart : jewellery by Peter McKay.
A storytelling jeweller, working alone on Banks Peninsula, with one eye focused on the artistic heritage of Europe and the other trained on the mythic potential of his local landscape. Welcome to the work (and world) of Peter McKay, one of this country’s senior jewellers. From his early days as an apprentice of Kobi Bosshard, trained in the techniques and aesthetics of European goldsmithing, to the appropriation of European modernism and Medieval and Renaissance art that marked … Continue reading →
1839 EXCHANGES JEWELLERY BY JASON HALL curated by Damian Skinner
“An exhibition about jewellery, identity and cultural exchange explored through a series of amulets created for Frederick Edward Maning”
Since 1998 Jason Hall’s jewellery has been asking questions about Päkehä identity. His work represents a consistent struggle to negotiate being Päkehä through an awareness of the traditions and craft of contemporary jewellery in Aotearoa. 1839 Exchanges: Jewellery by Jason Hall is an exhibition about jewellery, identity and cultural exchange explored through a series of amulets created for Frederick Edward Maning, an Irishman who arrived in Aotearoa in 1833 … Continue reading →