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Magic May and the Poi Rooms!

May has been a magic month and we’re only half way through.

The big news of the month for me is that you can now see, touch, feel (and buy) my work at the Poi Rooms in Auckland .  Melanie and the team have been brilliant to deal with, and I’m excited to be among some other great NZ artists.    There is a selection of my work in both the Ponsonby and Newmarket stores, so if you are in Auckland at any stage pop in an check it out.

The second piece of news is the completion of the ring a day project with 120 rings.  Its been a amazing process to go through and I’m excited to see the finished body of work and how its turned out.  Heavily graphic and pattern based,  as a collection it is the perfect relaunch of Paul Harris Art and Design back into the world.  The feedback has been brilliant and we’ll be looking at exhibiting the collection later this year so keep your eyes out for that.  The whole project was aimed at exploring my design aesthetic and craft, and to give me a relevant voice back out in the world.  Thankfully the project has achieved both of those things incredibly well.  It has also lead me on to a number of  opportunities that are too good to pass up.  I’ll be working on those for the remainder of the year, so keep your eyes open for more in the coming months.

For those that follow me on Instagram my daily posts will resume next month with the ‘piece a day’.  Pieces that I make across all of the collections and pieces that stand out as being something special.

We’re not quite half way through the year and already I’m looking forward to what the rest of 2018 is going to bring.

 

 

 

 

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My 2018 Challenge: A Ring A Day Project

For the past few months I’ve been exploring my jewellery and my passion for design and pattern.  What I’ve come to realise is how much my designs change and develop the more I work.  Even though I’ve been a jeweller for over 20 years now, I’m still excited about the designs that come to me and the exploration of the depths of each design.  I’ve always loved pattern and feel that an exploration into the making and designing of these rings will take me deeper into the possibilities of that process.

So I’ve set myself a challenge.  In 2018 I will design and handmake  a ring every day of the year.   The original rings will be kept for an exhibition at the end of the year, so keep an eye out for details of that later.

Each design will be available to order, and I will custom make your ring in your size.

The patterns, so far, are sawn, filed and engraved by hand.  I’ve been oxidizing the rings to create the blackened effect which really makes the design pop. Sanding the rings after oxidizing is my favorite part of the process, the design is instantly revealed.

I have an idea of how the collection of rings might look, but I also know the twists and turns that can occur on a journey. Who knows what that last ring will look like after a year of exploring my pattern design, and the journey I will have been on to get there.

Here goes!!  Can’t wait for you to join me on this!

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Excited to be in the front window of Indie Home Collective

I spent the day yesterday placing two of my paintings in Indie Home Collective, and have to say, even accounting for my obvious bias, I think they look awesome.  One is placed in the window that faces Ponsonby Road and Franklin Road corner and gets centre stage.  The other hits you as soon as you walk into the store along the back wall.

Massive thanks Neel from Indie Home Collective for this partnership and his input into best positioning, and thanks also to The New Zealand Outsider Art Fair, for creating the opportunity.

Come and have a look if you are in Auckland between the 17th and 27th of November.  There is also a map that shows where the other exhibitions involved in the Outsider Art Fair are located.