Trans­form­ing found ob­jects

Rotorua Weekender - - Arts Corner -

■ Tell us a bit about your­self.

I am a lo­cal in Ro­torua but have trav­elled ex­ten­sively, and lived and worked over­seas and in many parts of New Zealand. I spent a decade teach­ing and loved the many chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties this gave me. I ap­proach life from a cre­ative an­gle and am pas­sion­ate about be­ing kind and car­ing to other peo­ple and the world we all live in.

■ How long have you been a jew­ellery de­signer for and how did it start?

I sup­pose I have al­ways been an artist but have only re­cently been will­ing to call my­self one. How­ever, mak­ing jew­ellery is a more re­cent de­vel­op­ment. I stud­ied cre­ative en­trepreneur­ship at Toi Ohomai and through work­ing with the amaz­ing tu­tors there dis­cov­ered my love of found ob­jects. I wanted to present these in an un­usual but com­mer­cial way.

Jew­ellery seemed like a good so­lu­tion and I am now pas­sion­ate about this field of cre­ativ­ity. New Zealand has a rich and di­verse his­tory of amaz­ing jew­ellery de­sign­ers, and I am lucky to be able to ac­cess this legacy and be­come a part of this great com­mu­nity.

■ What me­dia do you work with? I work with a wide range of me­dia and am al­ways ex­per­i­ment­ing with new-found ma­te­ri­als. I am cur­rently ob­sessed with trans­form­ing plas­tics into fash­ion­able jew­ellery and giv­ing it a new life as pieces of cher­ished adorn­ment.

■ Where do you get in­spi­ra­tion from with your work?

In­spi­ra­tion is not some­thing that mag­i­cally hap­pens. It is not a light­ning bolt from the sky.

In­spi­ra­tion is more like a mus­cle — the more you use it the stronger it be­comes. In say­ing that, I am con­tin­u­ally in­spired by small acts of kind­ness and re­bel­lion, by authen­tic and hon­est peo­ple, by love and com­pas­sion and by peo­ple who give a damn about our peo­ple and our en­vi­ron­ment.

■ What do you en­joy about de­sign­ing and cre­at­ing?

De­sign­ing and cre­at­ing is the space where time is not rel­e­vant and I am in my el­e­ment.

Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to live a cre­ative life­style is im­por­tant to me for my well­be­ing and my men­tal health. It is a part of who I am and it makes me happy.

It’s also my way of shar­ing with the world dif­fer­ent so­lu­tions to cur­rent prob­lems. My abil­ity to trans­form ob­jects into new ex­cit­ing commodities keeps them from land­fill and is a small part of try­ing to save our planet and en­sure our legacy is pos­i­tive. ■ What do you have com­ing up/ what will you be up to in the near fu­ture?

Cur­rently I am work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively with The Arts Vil­lage on a com­mu­nity arts project called ‘Ex­posed Ob­jects’. This project is all about ex­plor­ing found/ev­ery­day ob­jects and us­ing these to cre­ate cyan­otypes, which is a pho­to­graphic process that re­lies on the sun/uv light to ex­pose im­ages.

We want the Ro­torua pub­lic to get in­volved.

Book in for our ses­sions, which are cur­rently on Sat­ur­day Novem­ber 17 from 11am to 12pm and Tues­day Novem­ber 20 from 5.30pm to 7pm. Ev­ery­one is in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in cre­at­ing their own cyan­otypes which will be ex­hib­ited col­lec­tively at the Ro­torua City Coun­cil Gal­le­ria in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

I am al­ways work­ing on new ranges on jew­ellery and mul­ti­ple other projects where up-cy­cling is al­ways a ma­jor com­po­nent.

I am plan­ning to com­plete my Masters in Fine Arts, ma­jor­ing in Jew­ellery at Otago Polytech­nic in the near fu­ture.

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Fiona Frew dis­cov­ered a love of found ob­jects.

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