I am honoured to have been asked to have been asked to write as jewellery kaumatua for Touch, Pause, Engage, particularly as the entire team that has been chosen for this cross-cultural exchange is female. I am told that the show is designed to reset the trans-Tasman rivalry of our rugby loving brothers. Who better than a group of talented women to do this.
In the early days of contemporary jewellery in Aotearoa the gender mix included many more men. Over the years male makers have become fewer and now in the tertiary learning institutions here the complete intake is female in the Auckland region and I suspect elsewhere. This group comprises recent and established graduates and even a tutor, continuing the inclusive kaupapa of the jewellery culture here.
The work I have seen is challenging and exciting. I applaud the makers for engaging across the water. I hope it revives the spirit of Anzart and the early exhibitions at Patricia Anderson’s Crawford Gallery.