Artist - Ilse-Marie Erl

Ilse-Marie Erl is a contemporary jewellery maker from West Auckland. After graduating from Unitec School of Design she stayed on to teach contemporary craft and jewellery making till 2014.

She then became a co founder of the jewellery collective Whau Studios in Pt. Chevalier. Besides teaching jewellery making at Whau Studios she regularly visits Fiji to train local women in the making of genuine Fijian handicrafts using sustainably farmed mother of pearl and mabe pearl.

Any time left is spent making her own work in her tiny workshop at the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges. Living in West Auckland I am fortunate to be able to move between metropolitan and natural surroundings. These environments are reflected in my work.