Thursday, August 28, 2008
Elevating the Ordinary
German-born Christchurch-based jeweller Elfi Spiewack likes to develop new ways of seeing, wearing and maybe even defining jewellery. Working within the fascinating confines of her inner city studio, The Filing Kabinett, she enjoys the interplay of different values and scales - a diamond set in a pebble for instance. She has also mastered the art of combining unexpected materials and of giving an old idea a fresh contemporary take. These two pearl necklaces for instance, completely blow apart my theory that the traditional string of pearls is old-fashioned and passé.