HANDSHAKE

Jewellery  -Development  -Mentoring  Exhibition  Project

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Handshake

Jewellery  -Development  -Mentoring  -Exhibition   Project

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Handshake

Jewellery  -Development  -Mentoring  –Exhibition  Project

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Shards

Rearranging the shards in a broken world A friend recently introduced me to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect. Japanese aesthetics values marks of wear from the use of an object. This can be a rationale for keeping an object...
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Observations on the contemporary object

30 November 2017 posted on The Big Idea - Mark Amery writes about current issues and exhibitions around New Zealand. The following text explores 'craft' as a verb: Welcome to the fine contemporary object. It’s a little bit punk - revelling in making unexpected...
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Within This Skin at ‘Leanings’– Pah Homestead Gallery

Working with the eventual materials of this project was a significant departure from my typical and ‘safe’ mediums that I am familiar with. The general fragility and unpredictability of these new materials made the tenuous early stages of the creative process even...
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Altered States – Leanings Exhibit at Pah Homestead

A summary of my work in the Leanings show at Pah Homestead My work Altered States evolved with diorama like play.  Lots of scenarios were played out with  bits and pieces on boiler bases before the final work was completed.  Scenes were arranged and rearranged for...
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What About that Pink Volcano?

In late August I reached a crisis point, I had gone so wide on technique and making, I was left thinking what have I done?  Perspective had left me. This is where having access to a mentor and being part of the Handshake project came into its own. I contacted Francis,...
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Enamel Crush

About midway through the year, I started experimenting with enamel. Object collection and use is both a reoccurring theme and constraint in my work.  I started finding old enamel dishes, hammering and cutting them up and reapplying the crushed pieces of enamel, firing...
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Musings

Art has its muses and jewellery has its relationships.  Part of what happened in the studio this year was making jewellery with certain women in mind. Helen Clark was Francis' first suggestion.  She was joined by the eclectic mix of Jean Batten, Grace Jones, Francis...
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Material changes bring challenge and enthusiasm

Sometimes its hard to know when I have exhausted the limits of a material.  Changing from one material to another can create a breathing space, open other doors and let more possibilities unfold.  Other times its a way of avoiding a technical challenge or not knowing...
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Transforming an object with more than one medium

Transforming an object into a completely new form is immensely satisfying.  Equally I've discovered is approaching it with watercolour.  Looking at something with liquid paint and then painting it back into existence requires focus and attention to detail.  This is a...
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Nocebo Effect

I haven't been well recently and the idea of a placebo has taken on a new dimension for me while I try and self-heal. As I've been doing further research into the placebo effect I've discovered another effect, the nocebo effect. The nocebo effect is a "detrimental...
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HANDSHAKE is a unique mentoring program in the art world, in which established artists spread their knowledge to less experienced artists. The “knowledge” accumulated in exchange of the relationship based on feedback is implemented in exhibitions and joint projects.

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