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Contemporary Jewellery Design

We are privileged to have on board the talents and giftings of artisan Kim Brice - contemporary jewellery.
Kim has recently returned from living in Stockholm to his hometown of Nelson and has a small gallery shop called Cubicle on 6 Nile Street.
I asked Kim to write me a piece on what he and the children did in the holidays at the Yikes Holiday programme. I was so interested in what he wrote I had to share it with you:

I talked briefly about contemporary jewellery, the difference between traditional and jewellery of today,I showed some of Lisa Walkers pieces in her new book, Unwearable jewellery, plus some images of jewellery by Warwick Freeman and Karl Fritsch .
I also showed the children some actual pieces of my own work which they passed around.
Pieces of Kim's work taken from his website

 Lisa uses found objects in her work, even rubbish which she finds on the street, her pieces are well thought out but look very thrown together, she is probably New Zealands most famous jeweler at present and has her work in many of the best contemporary galleries around the world ! We at Cubicle are lucky and will be show casing  some of her work soon.
karl her partner also works in a very unique way, mixing rusty nails with gold and diamonds, drilling holes through rubies and putting screws through them. Warwick produces beautifully made jewellery, very clever and is New Zealands most well known Jeweller internationally. 

The children used du fix to make rings , pendants , brooches , earings,  bangles ....they worked really well and had amazing imagination and creativity . I baked the pieces and on friday they used my small micro motor dental lab drill to make holes to add cords for pendants , rings and pins for brooches.Plus holes to connect bits together using super glue and wire.
Some of the children who came just on Friday worked with the du fix, some making their own objects, some of which could be used as jewellery, as I was busy helping the others with the drill, the new children worked mostly creatively and independently.

Kim will be tutoring at Yikes After School on Wednesdays not only jewellery making but practical applications of engineering principles.


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