DEANNA GRACIE In 1992 I pursued my dream of making jewellery. I soon realised I had found my niche and now the time spent in my studio is a wonderful journey of exploration and discovery. Daily walks around the beach and estuary near my home studio provide ongoing design inspiration. The ocean in particular always has a calming meditative effect on my emotions and I enjoy translating these feelings into something tangible, lasting and beautiful. I create works with contrasting colours and textures using layering techniques to achieve a tactile 3D effect. Sterling silver, gold, titanium, alloy metals and gemstones are my materials of choice. I particularly enjoy the hand made aspect of this craft. Hand fabricated jewellery looks and feels really special. I believe the energy that passes from the maker to the object remains forever within the finished piece. I love the fact that something precious I have made with my hands and heart can also appeal to someone else on a very personal level. Items they choose become an extension of their own personality, constantly worn and enjoyed.
Biography: Education and Achievements 1998 Hillmorton High School Adult Foundation Art Course 1997 Hagley Certificate in Art - Level5 1996 - 2002 Tutor Silversmith’s Guild of Canterbury night classes 1995 - 2007 Member of ConneXion Gallery cooperative Christchurch Arts Centre 1992 - 1993 Silversmith’s Guild of Canterbury night classes Commissions Private Commissions Selected Exhibitions Solo Exhibitions 2003 Shimmer - ConneXion Gallery 2002 Release - ConneXion Gallery 1996 Benthos and Nekton - ConneXion Gallery Group Exhibitions 2003 - 2007 Monthly themed exhibitions - ConneXion Gallery 2001 Heartland - ConneXion Gallery 2000 Essence - ConneXion Gallery 1998 - 2003 Craft Seen - Canterbury Museum 1999 Reflections in Form - ConneXion Gallery 1998 Ocean and Earth - ConneXion Gallery 1998 Artifacts - Golden C’Art Carterton 1997 Ugly But Divine - Golden C’Art Carterton 1997 Annual Jewellery Exhibition - Compendium 1993 - 2004 Silversmith’s Guild of Canterbury annual group exhibition
Country: New Zealand
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