Bachelor of Applied Arts, Contemporary Jewellery from Whitireia
Sandra first entered the Awards in 2014 with two unique entries Shelter and Nearly a Diamond. Both were completely different. Shelter made from wood, sterling silver and cubic zirconia's and Nearly a Diamond made from coal and oxidised copper.
In 2015 she entered again with three pieces of work titletd Rockstars and her entry gained her the title of The Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award.
Stones are universal and we are constantly surrounded by them. Used in numerous ways, they are appreciated for their hardness, their qualities to be shapeable, durable and lots more. They give us shelter and safety, keep us cool or warm. On a personal level they might carry memories or spiritual powers. They are taken or placed, touched or thrown, adorned or worthless, sacred or discarded. Like stones we come from different places, but we are shaped by our environment. We keep our identity - like stone their properties. Over the years, exposed to nature’s forces, edges are worn and cracks may occur.
The judges were excited by the use of her materials and clever use of a single red string and a knot, that juxtaposed itself against the pure white of the sandstone.
She has a large list of exhibitions and achievements including:
2018 Handshake 4, Toi Poneke, Wellington
2018 Handshake 4, Avid Gallery, Wellington
2018 Handshake 4, Corbans Art Center, Auckland
2017 In der National, The National, Christchurch, New Zealand 18 May - 8 June 2015 STONE, Visual Culture, Wellington,New Zealand
2014 boondoggle, re.SPACE, Wellington,New Zealand
2015 The Village Goldsmith Jewellery Award, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
2015 Graduate Metal Award XIV, JMGA Australian and New Zealand Graduate Award, Sydney, Australia
2014 Fingers Graduate Award, Fingers Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand
2014 Mana Zonta Award Finalist, Porirua, New Zealand
2014 ECC Student Design and Crafts Award ,“nearly a diamond” Highly Commended, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, NewZealand
2014 ECC Student Design and Crafts Award, “Shadow” Highly Commended, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt, New Zealand
2013 JIA Student Award of Excellence, Jewellery Industrie Association, Auckland, New Zealand