ARTIST OF THE MONTH | ANNA CLAIRE 1281 2048 The Flyer Magazine

Where are you from?
Originally from Marlborough in the UK, I’ve been here for four years now and hoping to make it my long-term home.

Where are you from?
Currently in Arrowtown, Invercargill for 12 years before that, and before that Dunedin, Western Southland and the Canterbury High Country – in short, I’m a Mainlander.

How long have you been in Queenstown?
Six years in the middle of Arrowtown.

What kind of art do you create?
Contemporary jewellery. My primary materials are sterling silver, stone, and resin. Much of my work is made on commission, working with clients to create bespoke pieces.

How long have you been making jewellery?
I started in my second year of a Fine Arts Degree in the year 2000, did a Jewellery Major and have been working from home, as a part-time jeweller, ever since.

What inspires you?
The land. I am a landscape artist, really. I love stone and sky and water. I love that I get to make jewellery that people wear as an expression of their Turangawaewae.

To a lesser extent geometry. I play with a compass in my design process. Many of my forms have their basis in the intersections of circles.

What do you do for fun?
Make jewellery! Really, I feel immensely privileged that I get to do it as a real job. I also have some other jobs: Airbnb host, property management and I’m also a courier, all of which I like doing. I love to lift heavy things competitively, and I travel a bit for that. My kids used to be fun to hang out with but they’re teenagers now and they don’t want to hang out with me!

Do you have a studio?
Yes, a little hut at the front of my house.

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