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Do-It-Yourself jewellery

AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL AND ARTSTATION

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7 July 2006


Do-It-Yourself jewellery


Make and exhibit your own brooch in Suzanne Day’s DIY Kitset Brooch Project, a participative jewellery workshop and exhibition at the Artstation Gallery from 26 July to 5 August.

Ms Day, an Auckland jeweller and designer, invites the public to join her in daily brooch making workshops and to exhibit the brooches in a community exhibition at Artstation.

“This is an opportunity to help develop a greater awareness of contemporary jewellery in our community and for participants to explore their own creative potential,” says Ms Day.

Ms Day has prepared individual kitset brooch packs for participants, reflecting her interest in collaborative Pacific craft practices and good old Kiwi ingenuity. Each kit contains materials to construct and decorate a brooch including a shaped plywood base, paint, glitter, thread, and brooch pin.

The workshops are open to people of all ages and abilities, offering a fun and supportive setting for individuals to try jewellery making, and an opportunity to exhibit their results.

In keeping with the creative, community spirit the exhibition opening will see a group of well-known artists, curators and jewellers make brooches for auction. They include Objectspace’s director Philip Clarke, jeweller Alan Preston and artists Lauren Lysaght and Emily Siddell. A silent auction of these brooches will run throughout the exhibition with the raised money going towards sponsoring a child’s art class at Artstation.

To book your place in a DIY kitset brooch workshop email makeabrooch@hotmail.com or phone 021 278 0881.

Artstation, Auckland City’s community visual arts facility, is located at the old police barracks at 1 Ponsonby Rd, Newton. It is easy to get to by public transport with the Link’s Artstation bus stop right outside.

The DIY Kitset Brooch Project is funded by Creative Communities Auckland City.

The DIY Kitset Brooch Project workshop and exhibition information:

Artist: Suzanne Day

Exhibition: 26 July to 5 August 2006

Opening: Tuesday, 25 July 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Workshops: Wednesday, 26 July to Saturday, 5 August noon to 2pm daily

Extra sessions Saturday, 29 July and Saturday, 5 August 2pm to 4pm

Bookings: email makeabrooch@hotmail.com or phone 021 278 0881

Group bookings up to 15 people.

Fee: $25

For more information, please contact Artstation on:

Phone: (09) 376 3221

Email: artstation@aucklandcity.govt.nz

Web address: www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/artstation

Artstation gallery hours: Mon to Fri 9am to 5pm

Sat 10am to 4pm

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