QT leather artist in­vited to Mi­lan Fash­ion Week

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DASHA KUPRIENKO

A Queen­stown leather jew­ellery maker is go­ing to Mi­lan Fash­ion Week to present her work.

Con­tem­po­rary jew­ellery maker Jes­sica Winch­combe said she was look­ing for­ward to pre­sent­ing her leather and metal­lic art pieces to a Vogue ed­i­tor and in­ter­na­tional jew­ellery crit­ics.

‘‘You are just work­ing in the shed, hav­ing a good old laugh at your­self, and then you get in­vited to Mi­lan,’’ she laughed.

She was ex­cited to be part of the ’’out­ra­geous’’ Artis­tar Jew­els ex­hi­bi­tion at the Palazzio from Feb­ru­ary 23 to 26.

‘‘This is the first show I’ve been in­vited to that has noth­ing to do with peo­ple I know and I think this is why I’m so ex­cited about it.’’

Over 130 in­ter­na­tional artists will show­case 350 cre­ations. Winch­combe flew 30 pieces from Queen­stown in Novem­ber.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was un­usual be­cause it would bring art and fash­ion to­gether, she said.

‘‘That’s a bound­ary that a lot of peo­ple think should not be crossed, but I think it’s silly be­cause jew­ellery is fash­ion and we wear it so it’s a re­ally in­ter­est­ing show.’’

Winch­combe and her hus­band flew out to Europe on Feb­ru­ary 10 for three weeks.

DASHA KUPRIENKO / FAIRFAX NZ

Jes­sica Winch­combe will dis­play her work at Mi­lan Fash­ion Week.

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