Jen Laracy

I studied visual arts at Whitireia Community Polytechnic at the turn of
the millennium,where my love of jewellery making and design developed.

As well as using precious metals I often use raw stones in my work, as
there is a wonderful sense of tension in a piece of crystal that
traditional jewels cannot offer. I also use shell, wool, plastic and
paint as these materials feel ancestral to me.

My workbooks play an important role in my creative process. I am always
collecting bits and pieces, love to draw and am often influenced by
words, poetry and the odd newspaper article.

Jewellery can take on personal value that far exceeds that of which it
is made. I like the partnership between the maker and wearer and in that
respect jewellery as a medium utterly appealing.