Design students in the big league
Jewellery and reputations will get a chance to shine when Whitireia design students Jessica Winchcombe and Becky Bliss exhibit their creations at the Fingers and Masterworks galleries in Auckland early next year.
The graduating students were invited to take part in the Auckland shows after their work was recognised at the recent Whitireia student contemporary jewellery auction in Wellington.
The auction raised money for the polytechnic’s annual catalogue, for which Winchcombe and Bliss donated pieces.
The polytechnic’s catalogue allows visual arts students to showcase their work and receive international exposure.
Donated pieces from 29 artists went under the hammer, including work by contemporary jewellers Peter Deckers, Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Mel Young and Owen Mapp.
Winchcombe is excited to have the chance to show what she can do.
‘‘I get to do a group exhibit at Fingers Gallery and I can’t wait. It’ll be a good way to get more exposure.’’
The exhibition in the Bottle Creek Gallery is showcasing student work in contemporary jewellery design, illustration, graphic design, textile and fashion design, painting and printmaking, teaching and curating.
Winchcombe and Bliss are among the students exhibiting in Driven, at Pataka Museum and Gallery until January 8.