Sarah Walker-Holt

I am interested in the tactile qualities of wearable objects through wood and mechanisms. From questioning the value bestowed in the materiality of everyday, minimal and functional wooden objects, made from precious and non-precious timbers, I alter them into something complex and decorative for the body. I have also been introducing other materials to the compositions e.g. vinyl, laminate, linoleum, paint, tissue and copal. Deconstruction, construction and engineering shape my approach. I am also intrigued by how things work/function, questioning how I can make them work within a jewellery context. To achieve this in some pieces I integrate existing mechanisms like nuts and bolts, while also constructing my own mechanistic adaptions. This has allowed me to investigate different degrees of changeability that can be transferred to the wearer.

Sarah Walker-Holt completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at Auckland University’s MSVA in 2010 where she received numerous prizes as well as the Fingers Graduating Students Award. In 2011, she then went on to win the New Zealand Contemporary Jewellery Award. Sarah has exhibited both nationally and internationally and was an exhibitor in The Dowse Art Museum’s traveling show, Wunderrūma: New Zealand Jewellery. In 2014-2015 she was mentored by Helen Britton as a participant of Handshake 2: Prentice and Prodigy and successively selected for Handshake 3 for 2016-2017. In 2016 she travelled to Europe as a participant in multiple Handshake Exhibitions and a masterclass with Helen Britton. Since 2012 Sarah has also been teaching at Te Tuhi Art Gallery in Pakaranga.