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 –…

Looking for Evidence of Jewelleryness

Last Wednesday I attended the opening of the Weeds jewellery collective exhibition ‘re-Production’ at Masterworks Gallery along with a whole lot of other Auckland Jewellery Geeks. Here I noticed two most definite examples of Jewelleryness happening amongst jewellers. The Weeds jewellery collective – Fran Allison, Andrea Daly, Shelley Norton and formerly Lisa Walker – have…

HS/DC Munich show

Such and interesting show and so much fun. It was always busy in the gallery. The opening went 2 hours over time because people just stayed, as they did every night beyond closing time. The Dialogue Collective were like kiwis but from London. The gallery was a really small space so perfect for slinging clothes lines…

Peg research

Pegs were once made by splitting a small branch or twig and tying the end together so it wouldn’t split all the way through. The peg  above was the first one I made and is black cherry and silver. In the 1700s, the Shakers were credited with what we know as the Dolly peg. A simple one-piece peg…

Platina

I spent a few months playing with folds of the penumbra shape, scale and adding colour. Some worked and some just didn’t. I’m nursing a reject in my studio that looks like a Cadbury chocolate wrapper, but can’t convince myself or anybody else that it has merit. We were lucky to be the first show…

Channelling my inner Dionysus

The Reservoir by Terrence Rosenberg is a very exciting paper exploring the differences between scientific (Apollonian) and poetic (Dionysian) research methods – a source of ongoing inspiration and intrigue for me – and the critical role each has to play in creative practice. Working hard to channel my inner Dionysus.

Before s*** started getting crazy

…both inside and outside of the workshop  (thank you Katie Brown for the inside excitement!!) – photo credits: Katie & Brierley DAY ONE… DAY TWO… State of emergency in Whanganui put paid to studio plans today. Far more important things for people to be worrying about. I will return though! (photo credit: David Unwin, Fairfax)

Once worn by

‘Recently, I asked the students in my seminar what things they owned that they considered meaningful. One young woman sheepishly admitted that she owned a shirt once worn by Jerry Seinfeld, which she had brought on eBay. All the students agreed that Seinfeld once having worn the shirt gave it value and meaning. Exactly what…

‘Whanganui River to gain legal personhood’

6.44am, 16th March 2017. Shannon Haunui-Thompson, Te Manu Korihi Editor for Radio New Zealand posted the following news report on the RNZ website. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/te-manu-korihi/326689/whanganui-river-to-gain-legal-personhood The full report is quoted below. ‘Whanganui River to gain legal personhood In a world first, a New Zealand river will be recognised as a person. The Whanganui River Claims Settlement Bill was…

the allure of things

Can form become more precious than material? For the HS3 Frame Galleries exhibit I have combined some of my Kauri Plate pieces, from the Platina show, with 2 new necklaces made from an unknown wooden bowl. My intention was to extend an earlier exploration from Handshake2 that used the same making process, with slight variances,…