my story and philosophy
I am mainly a jewellery metalsmith but I also create sculpture and landscape magic spaces when I get the chance. I am normally based in Lawrence, Otago in Aotearoa New Zealand and work out of Frank's Studio. This is my workshop and I create and sell from here and love the interaction with people from all around the world. I believe every person walking in is an experience to be had and I feel huge gratitude for the opportunities that this sometimes brings.
I am also nomadic and live fulltime in my KDLC Bedford housetruck "Gypsy" and am on the road every chance I can get, mainly in winter but even a night away here and there rejuvenates my soul. I can sometimes be seen banging away on my anvil on my deck at the beach, at a lake or in the bush all over New Zealand. I live a simple life and firmly believe less is more. I am totally in my happy place cooking over an open fire in nature with local produce.
I started out my jewellery journey at The Learning Connexion Art School in Lower Hutt, Wellington and haven't looked back. It is an amazing place and I recommend it to anyone inspired to get into creativity.
I played with sculpting Oamaru stone, knife making, print making and painting as well and the synchronicity with what I do now is awesome. I create with sterling silver and copper recycled from whatever I can find. I am also now creating with NZ Pounamu and feel connected with this as I am an Earth person and feel a deep connection with nature and with the land.
I am very grateful that I now am an apprentice knife maker (Mondays only lol) to Garry McKeown of Vongruffknives. Please check him out on Facebook and on his website. He is a master craftsman and is slowly teaching me the only way is the right way, haha.
Thank you for enjoying my work and supporting me. I hope to see you in the studio one day or somewhere around the country. I'm hard to miss lol so don't be shy to say hi.
Who is Frank?
Frank is my 1946 OLB Bedford housetruck I have owned for three years now. I originally bought him from a talented housetruck builder, mechanic and engineer. It was love at first sight and against all better judgement I bought him (because every woman wants two vintage Bedford housetrucks aye?) to be a long term project and a B&B one day. That day is still to come……
I drove him from Wainuiomata, Wellington to Lawrence and oh what an adventure that was. If you ever catch up with me one day, I can tell you that story!
I knew I would name my studio Frank's as one day I may possibly work from him on the road selling at a gypsy fair or on the side of the road. I can clearly see my old blacksmith's vice attached to his rear deck. I know anything is possible and I still believe in magic, so watch this space 💜