Grad­u­ate’s art op­por­tu­nity

Re­cy­cler in res­i­dence

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Whi­tireia jew­ellery grad­u­ate Vanessa Arthur is this year’s re­cip­i­ent of Toi Poneke’s De­blyn artist- in­res­i­dence award.

The 29-year-old jew­eller, with an eye for turn­ing used and un­wanted ma­te­ri­als into ‘gems’ of wear­able art, comes to Toi Poneke af­ter com­plet­ing a Bach­e­lor of Ap­plied Art at Whi­tireia.

‘‘To go from grad­u­at­ing to hav­ing a workspace I can go straight into and to also have the solo show to work to­ward – it’s an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity,’’ says Ms Arthur.

The res­i­dency is a joint ven­ture be­tween Toi Poneke Arts Cen­tre and De­blyn Prop­erty In­vest­ments.

It in­cludes a rent-free stu­dio for nine months, busi­ness men­tor­ing and fund­ing for ma­te­ri­als for a solo ex­hi­bi­tion at Toi Poneke Gallery at the end of the res­i­dency.

‘‘An­other bonus to hav­ing a stu­dio at the cen­tre is that I’ll be sur­rounded by other artists and a wider arts com­mu­nity,’’ says Ms Arthur.

‘‘It’s a great space and creative hub.’’

Although her medium is jew­ellery, Ms Arthur says it’s any­thing but del­i­cate – de­scrib­ing her work as bold and colour­ful.

‘‘I use a lot of re­claimed ma­te­rial from places like Trash Palace and sec­ond-hand shops.

‘‘ Peo­ple don’t see the value in these ma­te­ri­als and ob­jects any­more but I can see their po­ten­tial.’’

As well as con­tin­u­ing themes from pre­vi­ous work, Ms Arthur will ex­plore re­newal and de­cay within the city, con­sumer cul­ture and the de­cline of de­sign styles.

‘‘I en­joy blur­ring the lines be­tween old and new.

‘‘Cel­e­brat­ing the im­per­fect and im­per­ma­nent, chang­ing how peo­ple per­ceive ev­ery­day ob­jects and ma­te­ri­als.’’

To fol­low Vanessa Arthur’s progress dur­ing her res­i­dency, or view her lat­est work, visit vanes­saarthur­jewel.blogspot.com.

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