HANDSHAKE 4

 

 

WELCOME TO HANDSHAKE 4 NEWS

Check out this short video with Kim Whalen and Kylie Sinkovich talking about their work at their LEANINGS exhibition,  Pah Homestead, Auckland (Nov 2017)

(January 2017)  Ruudt Peters (international renowed artist and educator from the Netherlands) made the selection of 12 mentees and mentors for HANDSHAKE 4, with exhibitions lined up at Pah Homestead, Auckland, October 2017; Toi Poneke, Wellington during the International Festival of The Arts, March 2018; Corban Estate Arts Centre during Auckland Art Week, October 2018 and an on-line exhibition on the HS4Handshake website (under construction).

Vivien Atkinson           mentored by          Ben Lignel (FR)

Mandy Flood               mentored by          Volker Atrops (DE)

Nik Hanton                  mentored by          Vincent Pontillo-Verrastro (US)

Brendon Monson         mentored by          Aaron Decker (US)

Jennifer Laracy           mentored by          Judy Darragh (NZ)

Caroline Thomas        mentored by        Nicolas Cheng (HKG/SW)

Kylie Sinkovich           mentored by          Ben Lignel (FR)

Katie Pascoe              mentored by          Francis Upritchard (NZ)

Nadine Smith             mentored by          Regan Gentry (NZ)

Sandra Schmid          mentored by          Tanel Veenre (ES)

Kim Whalen               mentored by          Beatrice Brovia (IT/SW)

Keri-Mei Zagrobelna mentored by          Jasmin Matzakow (DE)

We have come to the end.

Two years have passed and handshake4 has come to an end. It has been a great two years full of interesting people, exhibitions and workshops. The mentorship program is definitely a valuable part of the handshake project. I would say that the relationship I build with...

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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...

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Summing up

Blog 27, January 20th, 2019   This iteration of the HandShake project has finished and it time to think back over the past two years and what my involvement has meant. Personally the project has stimulated an added impetus to make, a renewed energy and long hours...

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Polarity

Blog 26  August 4th 2018 When did “home” become embedded in human consciousness? Is our sense of home instinctive? Are we denning animals or nest builders, or are we, at root, nomadic? For much of the earliest history of our species, home may have been nothing more...

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Zine me up Scotty!

After busy weeks of online skype meetings with the team, chatting with my mentor, balancing my art practice with my home life work commitments I am finally in Auckland and getting ready for what is going to be our final public Handshake4 exhibition. I am fulled with...

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35mm film

special thank you to Misma Anaru on 35mm film wearing three of my neck pieces created during Handhskake4.   Kim Whalen. Wha neck-piece, harakeke and proteaceae, 2018. Kim Whalen. Kaimohu neck-piece, harakeke and proteaceae, 2018. Kim Whalen. Takahurihuri...

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finis

Reflecting upon the last two years, and the Handshake4 project. An invaluable unforgettable experience. Going into this I really had no idea what I was getting into except that it was a huge full-time commitment on my end. And boy was it just that. Would I recommend...

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Ending on blush

Pinkish hues have unconsciously found their way into my practice over the last two years.  From radioactive volcanic glows, the scrapped blush of desire lines, to the elusive task of trying to evoke a lipstick smear at the end of the night.  It seems pink in its many...

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Was it worth it ?

Was it worth it ?         On coming to the end of this HS4 journey, that is the question that I am often asked. I have thought up a few ‘wordy’ responses but in reality the simple response is YES. What is 'of worth' to one can be so different to...

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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...

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The end

And so we reach the end of the Handshake 4 journey... A journey that's involved emails, messages and video conversations sent over a distance of more than 13,463 kms. It's involved time a difference of 19 hours with one rising for the day and the other concluding...

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Corban Estate – Polarity

Twelve artist's, eleven mentors, two rooms, one dark, one light, the one and only Peter and Hilda, and three exhibitions including this final show after almost two years of exhibition collaboration together. The ending is sort of bittersweet, as after all the hard...

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Polarity thoughts and talks

Peter requested that I make my small intro talk for our opening into a blog so here it is 🙂 I will be sharing a few ideas with you on Polarity: the meeting of opposites; two forces, opposing yet mutually interdependent. It’s all real, and it’s all a dream. All...

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Dual Process

When we’re making decisions we approach the process using two different systems of thinking. In Psychology, the name for this process is called "Dual Process Theory". The first system is our intuition. It's swift, automatic, subconscious and emotional. The second...

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Polarity and/both

Polarity suggests opposite ends, black and white, contrast, extremes, a certainty of one or the other.  What I am interested in, is something less sure, the vaguely illuminating space in-between.   Somewhere intuition, conflicted states and dissonance lie.   Highs and...

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Seeing self, observing others

Reflective materials interrupt spatial perceptions and redirect the viewer from not just seeing the object but places their own body in space in relation to that object. In Mirror Affect (2016), Christina Albu explores artworks with mirroring or reflective...

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Volkers email

Simply this is a copy of Volkers last email. We have got a great grove going on. We speak at the opposite ends of the day about all things, from football, the heat, the cold and the devil called 'schmuck'. Volker wanted an image and so I sent this one really quickly....

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Intersection / Polarity

A different kind of Polarity... It's not news that there's a considerable overlap and intersection between different art practices. Maybe one of the least expected intersections could be the relationship between hip-hop and traditional art movements such as the...

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On another planet

Fueled by a bowl of porridge and a walk on the skyline my mind was sure to wander.  You wondered about that cow picture didn't you?!  Walking lets my imagination roam free and is a necessary part of my process. What my hands and mind have been up to lately: Lots of...

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Through a Glass Darkly

Photograph - http://antlersandstone.com/product/large-grey-french-heavily-foxed-mirror/ Quotation - 'Discovering Cook's Collections', ed. Michelle Hetherington and Howard Morphy I'm working on two exhibitions at the moment, the final HS4 show 'Polarity' at Corban...

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Thoughts on Polarity

  Twelve artists drawn together for our desire and vision to use our hands and minds to make jewellery and objects.  Handshake provides the platform to spring forward. Sometimes we dip, and others we dive into unknown territory to make pieces that reveal...

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Kauri Taonga

So while everything putrefies, wars waging, beauties forms are eternal. I seek to honour the ephemeral by exalting it’s neglected, life giving roots, as well as its ephemeral shells. I carry this vessel, inside here watching, eyes that commit, tenacious bleeding heart...

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Polarity

Contrary- perversely inclined to disagree or do the opposite of what is expected or desired. It seems the title of ‘Polarity’ has exposed words that I use to hear. I really wasn’t a rebellious child but I now live in New Zealand when others don’t. I see a beauty in...

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Hemispherical Polarity

For the upcoming and final (how did that come around so quickly?) HS4 show at Corban Art Centre, we have decided on the title 'Polarity'. We were asked to write a few words to illuminate our various responses to this title and this was my response: "I’m approaching...

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Back to the grindstone…

Blog 25  June 25th, 2018 Some of the unresolved experiments and ideas Literally - I’m really needing to use the space between the end of the last HandShake show and the next to get on with some work long delayed by the frenetic activity of the first half of the year. ...

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Mirror Mirror

At the beginning of the year, I found two objects that have formed my line of inquiry this year.  One was a shattered car rear vision mirror and the other was a disco ball.  The glitter, the glam, the shatter.   There is something in these objects that appeal to me,...

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PROCESS

What blooms, dies. Mortality, subject to the processes of nature, is beyond our control. And yet we celebrate life. We exalt a flowers essence - its freshness and singularity- on a literal pedestal, by making its fleetingness exquisitely visible. All too often,...

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Post Process

It has been a while since the last Handshake4 show "Process" so I have plenty of time to reflect on what I think worked and what didn’t work so well. Having a concept of process opened up my making a lot, I didn’t feel the need to having a completely unified series of...

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Process – Toi Poneke

Participants had between 2 and 4 days (depending on where in the country they were travelling from) to respond to installation artist Gabby O'Conner's exhibition design/challenge. Drop sheets with grids drawn on them (symbolising the canvas of our workbooks/visual...

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Hitting the books

  So much spinning around with the final HS4 fast approaching. It is time to revert to the trusted workbook approach. It is a discipline I have let go for too long. However, getting back into it, is meditative and constructive at the same time. It is as much of...

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Polarities

The magic in life's about polarities- without light there's no shadow. I've been thinking about our up-coming show Polarity and the kind of work I want to make given the nature of the space, the installation plan and the title of the group show. The idea of...

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Extincted

On Saturday night, Dave and I went to this show. Dave had seen a poster and we knew we both admired the artist's work, having seen it adorn the streets of Wellington since we first moved here in 2007. Being the middle-class, middle-aged sticklers for promptness that...

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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...

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The Language of Things

  Blog 24 April 20th Arrived back from Sydney and got stuck into some gold-leafing for a show some members of Occupation: Artist are putting on for No Filter.  The group decided to support the Dowse who are putting on a fantastic Symposium on April 12-13th.  We...

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Artists as Collectors

Great to have Liesbeth den Besten in New Zealand again and to hear her talk about Artists as Collectors.  I was especially interested in the work of one of the artists she spoke about – Hanne Darboven, a German conceptual artist who accumulated a vast collection of...

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London Stock

I've had this project in mind for a while now and think that it might be what I will concentrate on for the next few months. The project is at the very very early stages but it's based on London Stock brick. For more information on London Stock brick, see this link...

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Lines of Intent, Toi Poneke

One of the highlights of the Toi Poneke 'Process' show was the Masterclass with Lauren Kalman.  This was a chance for a master contemporary jeweller to assess our work and offer new insights into our practice.  The critique confirmed my interest in the gestural object...

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‘schmuck’ or not

‘to push it into wearable - no ..... just let it go without thinking about wearability maybe later on if you have really have a want or idea you can go for 'schmuck' again’ Volkers words on crit with Otto Kunzli 14th April 2018. So with words from Volker and crits...

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Community

There is nothing like the coming together of like-minded people who are supportive, engaged and passionate about the same thing you are. The Contemporary Jewellery community in NZ is just such a community.    

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And another thing….

Blog 21 15th March Last week was busy with the installation of the show at Toi Poneke in Wellington. Gabby O’Connor played a large part in directing the alterations or perhaps interventions made to the gallery.  We each ended up with a large painters dropsheet hung on...

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Juggling act

  What I found myself thinking as I juggled Handshake commitments, participated in Occupation Artist performances, went to work as a nurse and then tried to have time for my partner, friends and family and time to myself was that I could be spreading myself a bit...

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Multi-tasking?

Blog 19 February 15th Pile of MDF dust Is it better to claim to be multi-tasking than to admit out loud that I’ve (again) taken on too much?  I did think that the move to working with the MDF would be a quick and easy project but it has not turned out that way at...

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Transitory matter

A duality that in reality is affinity Something so fragile we hold afar but is inordinately near Our co-dependency is echoed in shapes as substances dialogue with each other concerning permeation of deleterious waste We are all transitory matter It is only a matter of...

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The Importance of Preservation

The lessons of preservation, something that I have been forced to focus on these last 6 months, even the last year. One year seems like such an arbitrary number now. One year. One year older. One year living alone in the middle of the bush land of the New Zealand...

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The wrinkle and the gaze

The OED defines the gaze as to look steadily and intently, especially in admiration, surprise, or thought.  In critical theory, the gaze offers comment on the relationship between the observer and the observed. Over time the skin records how we react, our choices,...

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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...

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Kaimōhū

The forest said Numb hospitality. I don’t want to talk about it. Still listening to everyone else’s problems. I love you like I don’t love myself. I sing for you tomorrow. Sick of being afraid. Tear my page. You wild peaceful being Nothing or no one will ever compare....

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Handshake 4 – PROCESS

Process at Toi Pōneke Gallery brings together original works by the twelve HS4 jewellers who are currently half-way through their two-year mentorship programme. A unique exhibition design by artist Gabby O'Connor extends the idea of process by including works in...

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Greatness & smallness

There are some inspirations and admirations that stand the test of time. In fact, centuries of time already. I’ve been looking at the work of one of the most impressive creators, inventors, scientists and artists of all time- Leonardo Da Vinci. Such intellect,...

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Human wear

Sitting on stone steps, a casual remark or waiting in airports.  Inspiration arrives in strange places and in unexpected times.  The beginnings of this project began with a conversation while taking a break from the install at Pah Homestead, where I was sitting on...

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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...

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Beyond boundaries

There are often expectations to push a material to & beyond its boundaries when pursuing a design, form or idea so that is original & unexpected. This usually results in considerable wasted material & failures but is also an invaluable way of making new...

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Holding on, Letting go

When having to move workshop space the reality of the stuff I keep was more than apparent. There were test pieces going back to 2010, nestled safely in the back of unopened drawers. The ‘you never know when’ classification of storage obviously applied to these wee...

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Mahuru

Mahuru a.k.a September was a very busy month for me indeed.I was honored enough to be funded by Creative New Zealand to be able to travel to Melbourne for Radiant Pavilion which is a bi-annual contemporary jewelry festival and attend the MakingOUT Symposium,...

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Waste not……

At the end of the Pah Homestead show I drove up to Auckland to collect work and ended bringing a load of the planks used for display back as well.  They have been sitting in my studio as no one really wants them.  The contrasting colours are really attractive and have...

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All Change

Packing at Whitereia All change seems to be the theme of late.  I’ve been at Whitereia (the institute where Peter Deckers teaches Jewellery and where I studied and have been mentoring/lecturing) helping with the sorting (30 years accumulation), packing and storing.  A...

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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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What About that Pink Volcano?

In late August, 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, sent her with images and...

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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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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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Placebo Effect

For the Handshake 4 'Leanings' show at Pah Homestead, I made a series of work entitled 'Placebo Effect' with the following artist's statement: "The placebo effect is a beneficial outcome from an inert treatment. The individual believes it is functional but it is, in...

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