Sandra Schmid

The human urge to belong is a basic motivation for the use of jewellery. Within my practice I like to explore the sense of belonging and identity. Our societies are influenced by multiculturalism and change of tradition through migration, integration and amalgamation. Loss but also the opportunity to originate new identities are values found in my work.

Having moved to New Zealand from Germany in 2006, the meaning of ‘Tangata Whenua’ (people of the land), made me understand the relationship between Maori and the land. This helped me form a stronger connection between my art and the place I now call home.
I have a passion for natural, local materials which I integrate into my jewellery. Materials are not necessarily used for their intrinsic value, but for their meaningfulness or significant content.

hs4 Experience and Evaluation

'Caught in the Web' 2018 Evaluation - my personal HS4 program experience and outcome The definition of ‘evaluation’ according to the Online Dictionary: the making of a judgement about the amount, number, or value of something; assessment. This leads to the following...

Love – Passion – Jewellery

A Week of Indulgence “Unpacking the Language of Things” 12/13 April 2018 organised by Sian van Dyk, Curator at The Dowse, Lower Hutt “NO FILTER” 9 - 15 April 2018 organised by Occupational Artists, Wellington On the world scale of events it would be a micro-particle...

Doubt versus Confidence

Doubt can motivate you, so don't be afraid of it. Confidence and doubt are at two ends of the scale, and you need both. They balance each other out.     Barbara Streisand Doubt versus Confidence Halfway through the mentorship program it was time to reflect on the past...

Incomplete – Unfinished – Raw

Incomplete - Unfinished - Raw When I was asked by my mentor to select the most expressive pieces from my last body of work, I chose the ones that show the rawness of fabrication, with tool marks still visible. These pieces appear to be more alive. During the creative...


LANGUAGE Working with my mentor Tanel Venre, during the design phase for the exhibition at The National in Christchurch, he asked a question about the language the individual pieces, and the collection as a whole was speaking. Which language has been used and why?...

Entry 2

Entry 2

How to start – Introduction

Sometimes it feels frightening to make the first mark on a white page. This is very much the feeling I have approaching new projects, people and materials. As with the white page there seems to be a perfection/beauty present that doesn't want to be disturb. Over time...

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