Pohutukawa, Koromiko, Fuchsia and Rengarenga – Kiri’s jewellery draws on the beauty of the surrounding New Zealand flora. Inspired by small plant details such as leaves, buds and pods, Kiri refines structure back to its simplest form. She focuses on one aspect of a design to draw out the essence of its shape; just as in natural environments bone, rock, and shell are gradually worn back to elemental forms.
Kiri’s creative practice is informed by the healing qualities of native New Zealand plants. As a practitioner of native flower essences, her jewellery expresses a continued study of native plants across aesthetic and spiritual disciplines.
She delights in jewellery’s ability to meld so readily into our lives, warmed by our bodies, constantly touched and re-applied. In a wider sense, she also values the honouring and celebratory nature of spiritual adornment. Her jewellery often evokes the sense of traditional ritual objects such as Pacific lei.
Kiri has a Fine Arts degree from Elam and an Art History degree from Auckland University. Growing up in Taranaki, she now lives north of Auckland and exhibits throughout New Zealand, Australia and the UK.