Jewellery design is deep

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An exhibition at the Dowse Art Museum earlier this year featured current and past Whitireia students. The contemporary jewellery exhibition Deep took a fresh look at ring design, with a water theme. The exhibition represented many of those working in jewellery design in the Wellington area including students, established jewellers and emerging jewellery designers.

Stacey Whale Deep 1998

Stacey Whale at the opening of Deep

The innovative display concept for the exhibition - the rings were displayed in fish bowls - was suggested by Peter Deckers, jewellery tutor at Whitireia Community Polytechnic. The whole idea of fish and fish bowls symbolises the work of jewellers, says Peter. Jewellery is exquisite, miniature. The jeweller is usually isolated and works from home.

When the group started discussing ideas for the show they each found they had been longing for contact with other jewellery makers. The 925 group, as they are now called, plan to stay in touch after the exhibition and act as a professional network offering support, feedback and ideas.

The 925 group includes current Whitireia students Elsa Krasniansky, Francis Stachl and Kivani Moriarty. Past Whitireia students exhibiting were Bride Coe, Stacey Whale, Stella Chrysostomou , Natalie Brasell, Trevor Byron, Bill Hager, Diane Connal, Kristelle Plimmer, Hoddi Hoddinott, Robyn McMullan and Matthew Wilson. Deep also included the work of Hilda Gascard and Barry Clark who are part-time teachers at Whitireia, and Peter Deckers.

Deep was part of the Dowse Design Season which included four exhibitions that covered a range of work, from contemporary furniture designers to emerging designers and modernist décor master William Mason. The Design Season opened on 1 May and ran until 8 August at the Dowse Art Museum, Laings Road, Lower Hutt.