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Tui Slater Conceptual Artist

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Sorry, no diamonds here. A girl's best friend... ummm - brushed metal in the kitchen might be more appropriate. I take domestic based metals and items commonly found around the home to make my works of art.

Making jewellery for me like is another "wall" or "plinth" that I can use almost as a moving billboard. Working on small scale pieces like jewellery in a conceptual way is a great challenge as there is no room for waffle. I see my work on people and I am proud that I have made my mark too on how we see and value ourselves.

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Be my necklaces or brooches seen as decoration, just plain quirky, or as my main aim (strong statements of where we have come from and / or where we are going in New Zealand), each work stands on its own - a slice of Tuiana.

Jewellery is worn by different people for different reasons: pure decoration, fashion, cultural significance, as a badge of honour, or as a statement which the creator and wearer relates to. I use materials that to me hold and convey certain memories, and work them with my ideas, to create pieces of art - necklaces and brooches.

Society is always on the move, thus is my work, as what is the fashion today in my view, depends on the view point of the beholder.

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Tuiana

Pure "Tuiana" - my parody on Kiwiana. Tuiana is my passion; observing and toying with New Zealand's iconography. I wonder who it is that defines our culture, what our gender and associated roles should be?

The majority of my present work is based on one of two themes:
Black Singlet
New Zealand Landscape
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