Stu­dents show­case their jew­ellery

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By TAO LIN

Nerves were jan­gling as six jew­ellery stu­dents sol­dered their way to­wards their first gallery ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Manukau In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy has part­nered with the Royal Jew­ellery Stu­dio in Kings­land in a first-time gallery ex­hi­bi­tion for MIT’s level 5 and 6 jew­ellery di­ploma stu­dents.

Pro­gramme co-odi­na­tor and se­nior lec­turer Mary Cur­tis says the ex­hi­bi­tion is part of the stu­dents’ as­sess­ment for the pro­gramme, which started just three years ago.

Last year’s stu­dents ex­hib­ited at an art mar­ket but it wasn’t quite the right ‘‘fit’’.

So Ms Cur­tis ap­proached the Royal Jew­ellery Stu­dio, which is well known for show­cas­ing con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery, and the stu­dents’ col­lec­tions will be on dis­play from to­day to De­cem­ber 1.

‘‘The ex­hi­bi­tion will be great for stu­dents to gain con­fi­dence in their abil­i­ties and en­gage with the in­dus­try,’’ she says. ‘‘All of their work is fan­tas­tic.’’

Stu­dent Mercedes Lowe’s love of shapes has led her to fo­cus on in­dus­trial and gothic ar­chi­tec­ture de­signs for her jew­ellery.

The Auck­land woman says pyra­mid shapes fea­ture promi­nently in her col­lec­tion, which in­cludes rings and ear­rings.

De­spite hav­ing ‘‘heaps of sup­port’’ from fam­ily and friends, the 22-year-old is a lit­tle ner­vous about the ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘‘It’s my first ex­hibit­ing so much she says.

‘‘It’s nerve-rack­ing what the pub­lic will think of it and if peo­ple will like what I have made.’’

And class­mate Kylie Hem­ming­son is also ner­vous about putting her art­work out on pub­lic show.

‘‘It’s scary putting your art out there for judg­ment,’’ she says.

But be­ing able to see how peo­ple re­act to her pieces and us­ing that to de­cide how to de­velop in the future is a big plus.

The 33-year-old’s col­lec­tion of ear­rings, studs, rings and pen­dants is based on a theme of the black sheep, draw­ing from her ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing ‘‘a bit of a naughty child’’.

All the stu­dents’ work must also go up for sale and Mercedes says her pieces are priced from $50 to $300.

time work,’’

Kylie Hem­ming­son, left, and Mercedes Lowe are looking for­ward to ex­hibit­ing and sell­ing their work at the Royal Jew­ellery Stu­dio.

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