Jewellery made by Whitireia students went under the hammer on Thursday night - auctioned off by National Radio presenter Kim Hill. The fifth annual auction included pieces by contemporary designers Peter Deckers, Matthew McIntyre Wilson, Mel Young and Owen Mapp, as well as original works by students. Held at Wellington's Mighty Mighty bar, the auction was run by Whitireia Bachelor of Applied Arts students and showcased contemporary original jewellery.
Sam Kelly, 24, from Paekakariki, had one piece on auction and it sold for $270. Kelly makes jewellery from bone, but said she want to move away from the cultural and historical uses of bone and push the ways in which it can be used rather than carving it. Kelly has won a okace at Talente, an international exhibition held in Germany in March. "My tutor likens it to the Oscars of jewellery... it's pretty mindblowing." At just 24 years old, Kelly says she is the baby of the exhibition and was one of five New Zealand designers chosen.