HOARD at The Dowse

Hoard is a bookcase and library ladder salvaged from a used-book shop that closed its doors in 2015. The shelves are packed with gilded volumes, displayed with the gold edges facing outwards. It is a continuation of the series On Jewelleryness, which investigates the properties and power of jewellery. None of the works features physical jewellery forms; instead they…

May ’17: Job satisfaction

One May Sunday, on my way home from a book sale in the Wairarapa, I called in at The Dowse. I wanted to quickly scope out the Blumhardt gallery, where our final Handshake 3 show – Reflect – will be staged in August: While I was photographing and measuring, one of the desk staff –…

Munich 1: Singing in a Dark Time

For It Will All Come Out In The Wash, the Handshake  3/Dialogue Collective collaboration  I teamed up with Wellington designer Greta Menzies. It’s March 2017 and we’ve 800 mm of precious Munich Jewellery Week air-space… What to send across the globe, in the face of all this crazy? Something hopeful; something for the artists. ‘In a…

July: Walking on Sunshine

Walking on Sunshine  For Playthings in Nelson I made Walking on Sunshine, five pairs of tin can stilts When I was at high school I thought that to be an artist you had to look the part – tall, obviously, and enigmatic I got over that, as you can see, BUT when I recently met…

June – Lighten Up

My allocated slot in The See Here window gallery coincided with the winter solstice. Studies show that when people are exposed to bright light in the winter for just 15 minutes a day their mood lifts and their sense of well-being improves. I installed a light therapy lamp with a brightness level of 10,000 lux…

March: Golden Section

I am lucky enough to be a member of Occupation: Artist, a shared studio and crit group. We take our work seriously But not ourselves. In March 2016 we participated in Wellington Sculpture Trust’s Parking Day Project. The idea was Viv Atkinson’s (seen above with fries up her nose). In a comment on land prices, traffic,…

When all else fails… look to books

Refugees Welcome, by VladyArt, September 2015 Kalamaria/Thessaloniki, Greece. A red carpet entry to Europe: plastic pipes, gold paint, red cloth, naval rope, wooden finials for curtain rods, paper plates. From mid-2016 we Handshakers worked with the London-based group Dialogue Collective to build a collaborative show for Munich Jewellery Week 2017. In a flurry of inter-hemispherical bonding we exchanged words and…