Exhibitor’s work inspired from the ground up
She’s never exhibited her work in a woolshed before, but Dunedin jeweller Lynn Kelly was more than happy to showcase her Central Otago-inspired work in the Cairnmuir Station woolshed in Bannockburn. Her work, along with work from 10 Bannockburn artists, was exhibited as part of the ‘‘Across the Bridge in Bannockburn’’ event two weeks ago. For Ms Kelly, the exhibition was a chance for people to see some of her creations which were inspired during a six-week stay in Bannockburn earlier this year. She lived and worked at the Bannockburn Post Office as part of the national Wild Creations programme, which is a partnership between the Conservation Department and Creative New Zealand. Wild Creations is a residency programme for established artists. Each year three artists get the opportunity to spend six weeks in DOC accommodation in amazing settings to work on projects that showcase New Zealand’s natural and historic heritage. Ms Kelly said she chose to be based in Central Otago because of its gold mining history which tied in with her jewellery making and also because she has always loved the region. She used the local environment, plants and fossils as her inspiration, designing a necklace made from rosehips, as well as making a brooch which looked similar to the plants the chafer beetle lives under. After returning to Dunedin, Ms Kelly created more Central Otagoinspired work, including a necklace and brooch in the shape of a vine leaf, covered with a map of Bannockburn, as well as a pearl necklace depicting a bunch of grapes. She planned to hold a bigger exhibition of her work in Old Cromwell Town in November. Meanwhile, ‘‘Across the Bridge in Bannockburn’’ event co-organiser Jan Hawkins was delighted by how the inaugural event went. ‘‘I couldn’t be more pleased with the support we’ve received.’’ The event, which included the art exhibition, guided walks, a craft and produce market, wine tasting and live entertainment, attracted visitors from all over Central Otago, with some people visiting Bannockburn for the first time, Mrs Hawkins said.
Inspiring place: Dunedin jeweller Lynn Kelly with two of her pieces which were inspired by her time spent living and working in Bannockburn.