Wednesday, November 9, 2011


29 October -2 December 2011
Mangere Arts Centre – Ngā Tohu o Uenuku
Corner Orly Avenue & Bader Drive, Auckland

In conversation
Talk by Deborah Crowe, Mary-Louise Browne and James Pinker
Saturday 19th November 2pm

“Kia tapu, Kia hua, Kia puawai.
To grow, to prosper, to sustain”

This quote from Princess Te Puea Herangi was the theme for this year’s entry.

#5863, 2011, neckware

By constructing a piece of Neckware that is driven by wanting to bewilder where it sits in time and space, I dissect my materials and shift them from their everyday, banal existence as domestic implements into a contemporary jewellery context. #5863 has grown and prospered into a single object that is decorative while still suggesting a mechanistic function and fit. The compositional process is also sustained through the objects ability to be reconfigured by the wearer.

This is a continued area of investigation for me this year and #5863 is presented beautifully in a glass case on its own, adding to its strong sense of presence. Objective is well worth the visit this year; the organisers have put together a strong exhibit of highly refined art works, of which I have to say there is a very strong presence of jewellers.

My congratulation goes out warmly to Raewyn Walsh for her winning piece Vessel 2011. This I felt was a well deserved win that was very fitting to Raewyn’s practice. As a contemporary jeweller, Raewyn’s strengths stretch out in her experimentation with vessels especially the teapot.

I would also like to congradulate Kvetoslava Sekanova (2nd) for White Book and Jasmine Watson (3rd) for Subsequence who are both currently exhibiting along side me in the Fingers group show

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fingers Group Show 2011

Fingers Annual Group Show October 31st - November 11th 2011
MON - FRI 10AM - 5.30PM
SAT & SUN 11AM - 4.30PM

Current (orange) 2011, Neckpiece

Current (orange) 2011, back detail

Pinch Me 2011, Neckware

Rocket 2011, Button hole Brooch

Winner of the New Zealand Jewellery Show 2011

See winning images;

Media Release: 09 September 2011

Diamonds and Twine
Opposites attract judges eyes at the New Zealand Jewellery Show Design Awards.
You wouldn’t find two more polar opposite pieces: a fine jewellery flower ring that transforms at the flick of a hidden mechanism into a pendant studded with almost $30,000 worth of sapphires and diamonds, and a contemporary pendant made using wooden kitchen utensils, firewood, garden twine and nuts and bolts, but both of them were winners at the New Zealand Jewellery Show Design Awards last night.
WINNER – contemporary: Sarah Walker-Holt for: ‘Timekeeping’.
The contemporary judges were looking for a piece with x-factor and found it in Timekeeping. “We were looking for individualism confidently expresses through media, that is – a unique piece that has conceptual and aesthetic resolve.” Timekeeping excited the judges with the way in which Walker-Holt treated the recycled household materials the same way precious metals and stones are treated in the best of fine jewellery.
“The solutions Walker-Holt used to construct her piece are not accidental, but in fact are the result of careful decision making. The aesthetic seems to come out of a DIY vernacular, and assemblage of parts reflects a resourceful keen eye and hand.”
Walker-Holt explains the inspiration behind Timekeeping “The worn and used aesthetic I create is reflective of my ethics. I want value to ultimately lie in an objects sense of endurance through its patina and though time honoured craft techniques.”

Judges; Karl Fritsch and Areta Wilkinson