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