Artist - Phillipa Gee
Phillipa was attracted to jewellery as a child and would delight in her mother's jewellery boxes. Her early forays into jewellery making were not met with the enthusiasm she had hoped for (cheap plastic beads strung on cotton thread), however not to be daunted by this initial reaction she continues to this day.
Phillipa loves the making process and is thrilled that she has a profession where she gets to play and experiment all day. She enjoys trying out the many techniques and materials that can be made into jewellery, and likes to incorporate colour, pattern and texture in her work. She loves jewellery because it is small and precious, and enjoys that many people form an emotional attachment to the pieces.
Completing a BA in Fine Art majoring in Contemporary jewellery at RMIT in Melbourne at the beginning of her career, Phillipa returned to study a few years ago to complete a Diploma in Applied Art at Whitireia. Phillipa was the owner of QUOIL Gallery in Wellington for 12 wonderful years and now she is excited to be a fulltime jeweller again.
Phillipa's pieces are timeless and striking in design, bringing elements of sustainability into the mix. Working with sterling silver, polymer clay and truck tyres there is a treasure to be found for all jewellery lovers.
"This jewellery is a mix of pieces I made a few months ago and some new designs made during lockdown. After owning a gallery for 12 years I decided it was time to return to full time making. I’m loving having the time to develop ideas and techniques. My jewels have an eclectic look, as I try to make the pieces as quick as I can imagine them!"