Medium Hoop Earrings (Kōwhai Seed, Sterling Silver)
“I use jewellery as my language and speak through my hands. My eyes hear my thoughts andtranslate.”
My iwi affiliations are Te Ati Awa and Whanau-a-Apanui, and I recently discovered I also haveGreek/Italian whakapapa and genealogy.
I come from a background entwined in museums and art, worlds in which both my grandmother andmother worked. My work aesthetic represents the connectedness to my immediate environment andupbringing. It speaks of cultural communication and interpersonal relationships through thelanguage of jeweller. Jewellery making is a medium by which I can communicate my heritage toboth local and global audiences. I seek to nurture and encourage others through my work, by wayof my actions and choices as an artist.
I enjoy not only creating pieces that can be worn on a daily basis as a treasure or passed downthrough families as a taonga, but also learning to engage in exploration of other creative formssuch as sculpture, installation, research and photography.