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.

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