Dunedin jeweller Lynn Kelly stands beside an anvil in Lure
Gallery. Photo supplied.
Dunedin jeweller Lynn Kelly is taking some gardening
leave, having been appointed 2014 Auckland Council regional
parks artist in residence.
The annual award offers an artist, musician or writer the
opportunity to spend two months at an Auckland park
homestead, creating work reflecting local landscape.
Kelly is the first jeweller to win the residency, at
Scandrett Regional Park, near Warkworth, from mid-October to
''We loved Lynn's work because it delivers detail, colour,
texture and form in small meticulous packages, which we
believe will encourage people to look closer,'' Auckland
arts, culture and events committee chairman Alf Filipaina
''Lynn's pieces are not only beautiful, and wearable, but
they appeal to our sense of nostalgia.''
Kelly's works often reference New Zealand botanic and
colonial heritage. She completed a certificate in
horticulture and worked as a gardener before taking up
jewellery 26 years ago.
''I'm very excited. It's a wonderful opportunity,'' Kelly
said this week.
''I don't know what I'll be doing there yet. It's a case of
looking at the plants and sea life and the history of the
homestead and seeing how it inspires me.''
Scandrett Regional Park would give plenty of inspiration,
Auckland regional park ranger Sue Hill said.
''Scandrett has an array of creatures and features that park
visitors often overlook. Whether it's crabs under the rocks,
amber in the fallen trees, or shells and fish bones littering
Jewellery made during the residency will be exhibited in
Auckland and then toured.