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BOOK 2: Contemporary Jewellery in Context: a Handshake Blueprint 

Five international writers draw a fascinating and comprehensive picture of contemporary jewellery in the 21st century. They illuminate through a rich palette of themes, works, reports and concepts from current art-practices the conditions and interconnections of education, making, presentation, marketing and networking in design and art, using the example of the New Zealand HANDSHAKE project. This book enriches and brings a pleasure to those who are interested in the visual arts in its broadest sense!

Contributing writers are Kim Paton (NZ), Liesbeth den Besten (NL), Sian van Dyk (NZ), Peter Deckers (NZ), Benjamin Lignel (Fr),  Editor: Peter Deckers Design: Becky Bliss. Publisher: Arnoldsche, Germany

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PDF catalogue: SPANpoints with writings from Hilde de Decker, Kim Paton, Tanel Veenre, Peter Deckers, Sofia Björkman, a gazette from London-based ‘Dialogue Collective’ and introductions to the practices of the twelve HS3 artists.


Twenty-one jewellery artists from New Zealand

organised by Makers 101 and curated by Peter Deckers

 25 -27 February 2016

 Einsäulensaal in the Munich Residenz Palace

Residenzstrasse 1, D-80333, Munich, Germany

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Editors: Peter Deckers & Mary-Jane Duffy, Design: Beck Bliss, Photo editing: Peter Deckers

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A substantial book called HANDSHAKE – 12 contemporary jewellers meet their hero isavailable from your local jewellery book seller (eg Yellow Chrome bookshop, Charon Kranson, Fingers gallery). This 112 page book has a collection of mentees’ notes, as well as statements and work images from their two years’ apprenticeship. It features work and images from the mentees and mentors, essays from Benjamin Lignel (biographies of the 12 mentors plus an essay), Mary-Jane Duffy (mentee and mentor questionnaire texts), Raewyn Walsh (essay about historical connections to learning processes and systems in NZ context), Andrea Wagner (mentor reception introduction text), Sharon Fitness (mentee reception text), with an introduction to the project and essays by Heather Galbraith, Dean of Massey University, Wellington, NZ




Corban Estate Arts Centre, Auckland (Auckland Art Week), 07 September – 21 October 2018

The twelve Handshake 4 artists explore the opposing and complementary powers of light and dark by employing considered lighting and display techniques.

These jewellers exhibit work that questions the essential dualities within all of us.  They do that in two polarised rooms at the Corban Arts Estate.



The twelve artists from the HS4 group showcased their yearlong developments in their first group exhibition called LEANINGS: handshake 4, curated by Peter Deckers.


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