It was more than a little bit buzzy to see my work exhibited in a space the size of Galerie Marzee, and with the outstanding reputation of Marzee.
So many great works to see it was hard to absorb it all.
My friend, Camille Sanson, and me at the Opening.
Amsterdam is a jewel.
Some jewels are not jewels to be worn on the body, some jewels burrow deep into your being and are worn internally.
This place is a tiny jewel in my heart.
Sometimes wonderful, magical, things happen unexpectedly.
I booked accommodation for myself and my dear friend, Camille, in Amsterdam for a couple of nights before we headed off to Njmegen for the Galerie Marzee opening.
We arrived late in the day and it was raining. In the morning I went for an early walk and found that I was sleeping above the Rob Koudjis Contemporary Jewellery Gallery.
Sleeping 3 levels above a gallery I've wanted to visit for years and I had no idea when I booked?! The universe was looking after me.
I was a tiny bit gutted when I realised it was closed throughout my entire stay, but I like to think I'm one of the few contemporary jewellers who's been able to stay above the gallery and lived and breathed the space it occupies for a few days!
When you start studying contemporary jewellery in New Zealand and hear about the Fingers Graduate Award Show, you know you want that spot in the exhibition when you graduate.
To meet with the wonderful two other jewellers in the show and to meet the other Auckland makers and collectors was an awesome experience and I feel lucky to be part of such a special community.
In the last week I've been working towards my Fingers Graduate Awards Show submission.
I've revisited the cuir bouilli technique and worked with different kinds of vintage leather from 1950s. There have been successes, and failures (crocodile does not like to be boiled!)
It has raised questions for me about the way in which luxury items can pass from being highly desirable to reviled. From opulence to obselence.
So unbeliveably excited to have paid for my tickets, so I can attend the international graduate show at Gallarie Marzee in the Netherlands.
Last days to check out, 'Locked Rooms'. Closes 4pm, 25 June 2016.
Please join me for the Opening of my show, 'Locked Rooms' at Toi Pōneke, Wellington Arts Center. 5.30pm, 2 June 2016.