Ex­hibitor’s work in­spired from the ground up

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

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.

Photo: EMMADAWE/ FAIR­FAX NZ

In­spir­ing place: Dunedin jew­eller Lynn Kelly with two of her pieces which were in­spired by her time spent liv­ing and work­ing in Ban­nock­burn.

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