Quoil Contemporary Jewellery Gallery in Wellington, New Zealand showcases the work of seventy artists, including Pod Necklaces and Leaf Brooches by Auckland based Tania Patterson. Patterson favors making jewelry that you can interact with as wearer or viewer and many of the sterling silver pieces have moving parts and mechanisms.
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[private_archives]The pop of color, soft curving lines, and smooth of the metal all appeal to me, but it is the tiny hinge mechanism on each pod that makes my heart race just a little – a clue that there is a treasure waiting inside to wonder about, explore and enjoy.
Large Pod Pendant open and closed
Bean Pod Pendant
Pieces with handles to wind, wheels to turn or buds to open. I like designing and making work with another dimension to it – an element of surprise, the unexpected.
Pohutukawa Leaf Brooch
Equally appealing are Patterson’s leaf brooches – complete with insect holes and signs of decay.