Te Ao Huri Huri

Te Ao Huri Huri

Te Ao Huri Huri was a dynamic and unusually lively show considering it was held in a Crypt which is still the final resting place to 557 people. Although there were parts of the crypt that were extremely eerie After some ceremony and blessings and time spent together...
Augusto

Augusto

Its been a challenge keeping on track in August with Handshake exhibits coming and a very busy first month in business. However Sam and I have been so well supported buy the wider handshake community that the cabinets (gifted by the dowse) are already brimming with...
there to here

there to here

Its hard to map my handshake journey so far..I started out at a bit of a low point, a bit unsure of myself and my abilities, unsure of my direction..I can say the road has been pretty tough personally but very worthwhile. alongside the handshake4 shows and...
march

march

the day after the opening we were lucky to have a very engaging and enjoyable crit session of our show with American artist/ jeweler Lauren Kalman who works largely with concepts of jewelry and its relationship with the body.   I came away with some good...
echo echo

echo echo

The show at Toi Poneke was adventurous and lived up to the title of PROCESS…with Artist and educator Gabby Oconnor transforming Toi Poneke Gallery into a sort of giant sketchbook.. to display our work in a playful and energetic way… the challenge was to...
to and fro

to and fro

  Its been a busy summer with not as many uninterrupted days in the workshop as I would have liked..but still somewhat productive with some other exhibitions on the go and great time spent with the family. I have resumed skype and conversations with Judy and now...
workbooks

workbooks

my workbooks are important to me in terms of working through ideas, as a place to gather stuff, process information, jot notes on what I’m reading etc but mostly somewhere to do some good old-fashioned doodling. I don’t seem to cut and paste as much as...
studio visit!

studio visit!

  Judy’s place is a testament to an undying love of kitsch and decades of collecting.       My recent Studio visit with her was an absolute joyful buzz..lots of energy and talking and showing of things, materials, ideas…I see photos from...
make it

make it

The countdown is on only 2 weeks until the Pah homestead show Opens…the last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind but I have finally consolidated my latest work. I was lucky enough to have a group crit session ( the first in years ) with Sam Kelly and a few...
tests

tests

  I can feel things starting to take shape, Judy has the knack of always bring me back to the land my environment and my relationship to it. The sessions have initiated a picking apart my practice identifying where things fit, we have talked about the materials I...
exchange

exchange

(Judy Darragh studio image 2017) a word from Judy Darragh A handshake so far….. Jen and I skype and talk about how the studio is going, she shows me pieces made and half made, we talk about lots of things. The studio is a private space of making where we can dare to...
shell

shell

In my discussions with Judy, we have talked about our shared interest in use of paua in new Zealand jewellery and the rich history that surrounds it. I feel the pull to explore this further in my own work especially in relation to acknowledging the influence of my...

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