Bling fit for hobbits, dwarfs and elves
Elven craft: Jeweller Steph Lusted working on a piece for The Hobbit Artisan Market which opened at Waitangi Park on Saturday. The market features the work of artisans who worked on the films. As well as Ms Lusted, who did mainly metalwork in the props department, the market will feature a knifesmith, a bronze sculptor, a bone carver, a leather worker, a ceramic artist and others. Since working on The Hobbit, Ms Lusted has returned to her own jewellery-making practice, and her new collection is One Dark Night.
‘‘I’ve been inspired by creatures of the night, bats and owls, and I’m bringing in hand-carved mother of pearl shell for the collection.’’
The Hobbit Artisan Market will be open until the first movie’s premiere on Wednesday, November 28.
Photo: JIM CHIPP