Monthly Archives: March 2015

Raewyn Walsh and Henriette Schuster

Our own Raewyn Walsh talking about her very recent trip to Munich, exhibitions and catching up with her Handshake mentor, Henriette.

About Raewyn    About Henriette

March 2015

I love Munich in the springtime – so the song could go, if you wanted it to, because it was quite warm during the week I spent in Munich in search of schmuck and everything else that goes with it. The warm weather meant there was no sequel to my travelling buddy Sharon Fitness’ ‘How to make a snow brooch’, but it did make it easy to get around. Sharon was part of Handshake 1 – you can see her snow brooch video here 

There were about 100 shows and events throughout the city during the week – didn’t make it to all of these but gave it a good go. Here are some of the exhibition highlights:

Becky Bliss at Schmuck Becky Bliss at Schmuck

Neke Moa at Schmuck Neke Moa at Schmuck

photo-30 paper, plastic, metal, stone

photo-30 Jiro Kamata at Lux is the Dealer

jing Jing Yang, Talente 2015 winner

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THINKSPACE : Raewyn Walsh at MasterWorks Gallery


Taking her cues from the tradition of still life, Raewyn Walsh continues her investigation into form, colour, and the notion of time.

Raewyn Walsh graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of Design (Honours) in 2009 and has work held in the collections of The James Wallace Arts Trust and Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne. Raewyn was also the 2011 prize winner of the Objective Art Awards.


Caretaker of the Imagination

Dornwell Studio’s artist Jane Thorne and writer ZR Southcombe had people lined up down the street at the launch of their children’s book “Caretaker of the Imagination” yesterday at the Pt Chev Bookshop and Resource Room. Jane did the gorgeous illustrations for Zenobia’s story. The bookshop was bursting at the seams. Great job! You can buy a print copy at the bookstore or an e book from Amazon.

White Works on White Night

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Susan Thomas and Jo Dalgety from Dornwell Studios have work in the Northart show White Works opening on Saturday March 14 as part of the citywide White Night arts festival. Fifty artists working in various media were asked to create works that relate to and celebrate the concept of white. If you are planning to be out and about on White Night, pop in and have a look. The exhibition runs until the end of the month. Norman King Square, Northcote Shopping Centre.

Art competition for Mental Health Awareness Week 2015

Entries are now open for the Mental Health Foundation’s art competition for Mental Health Awareness Week 2015. We’re looking for artists to submit a piece of original artwork that is a visual representation of this year’s MHAW theme, GIVE, one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

The competition runs from 4 March to 27 April and the winning piece will be used on an A2 poster and distributed nationwide to celebrate MHAW.

The artwork should capture the concept of GIVE, not the giving of money or gifts, but rather the gift of your time, your words or your presence.

We welcome entries from amateur and professional artists, illustrators, graphic designers and students. Please see the creative brief, guidelines and terms and conditions for further information.

Research shows helping, sharing, giving and group activities are associated with an increased sense of self-worth and positive feelings so, go on, get your GIVE on!

THINKspace: Raewyn Walsh 30 Mar – 25 Apr 2015

Dornwell Studio artist Raewyn Walsh
30 March – 25 April 2015 Masterworks Gallery 71 Upper Queen Street, Newton
preview Sunday 29 March 3-5pm


Raewyn Walsh graduated from Unitec with a Bachelor of Design (Honours) in 2009 and has work held in the collections of The James Wallace Arts Trust and Tairawhiti Museum, Gisborne. Raewyn was also the 2011 prize winner of the Objective Art Awards.

“The jewellery I make investigates the attachments we have to physical things. I am interested in the ideas that surround the collection, possession, ownership and function, and the subsequent associations these themes have with time and memory.

I like to use traditional jewellery making and silversmithing techniques such as raising, chasing and repousse and, in doing so, aim to retain the craft memory in a contemporary context. I use the vessel as a reference point because it represents both form and formlessness.

Recently I have focused on the silver tea service which is already loaded with ancestral history and familial belonging. This body of work, Lineage, I have set my sights on the vessel accoutrements: those parts that are added on but which also define the use and function of the vessel. Here the teapot spout is recast as a brooch and spoon handles become pendants that are long enough to be held.”

Find out more about Raewyn Walsh