Icons and feathers

As well as the jewellery “flower gardens” I love creating, it’s an enjoyable challenge to make jewellery to fit a theme. Below are the pieces I made for two recent exhibitions, “Fine Feathers” and “NZ Icons“.

Each month, Kāpiti Gallery in Raumati Beach has a new exhibition, and while some are more focused on, for example, pastel painting or pottery and sculpture, there’s often an exhibition theme for general art and craft work. Kāpiti Gallery is the showcase for Kāpiti Arts and Crafts Society; I belong to the Jewellery Group and the Spinning, Weaving & Knitting Group.

For the Jewellery Group’s exhibition earlier in 2022, I created almost 100 new items; a few are pictured below.

Jewellery Group exhibition at Kāpiti Gallery, including some novelty and children’s jewellery:

Earring options: clip-ons & coloured hooks

Women often admire my “flower garden” of pretty earrings but tell me they’ve never had their ears pierced – so I’ve begun making earrings for them. I’ve also got some gorgeous coloured hooks to match to the beads I’m using; they look great!

In the past week I’ve made several pairs of earrings with the same beads but as clip-ons as well as on hooks and posts, some with matching bracelets. I’m looking forward to promoting these at the Saturday market, and in the Jewellery Group exhibition at Kapiti Gallery later this month.