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TLC Graduate Exhibits in Milan

Jennie Sherwin – a contemporary jeweller and graduate from The Learning Connexion – was one of just two New Zealanders whose worked was picked for the prestigious Artistar Jewels 2017 exhibition, which was held in the Palazzo Giureconsulti during Milan Fashion Week earlier this year.

baby acorn earringsOne-hundred-and-sixty-eight international designers from over 30 different countries took part in the event, between them showcasing 350 creations. Jennie’s work was displayed alongside contemporary jewellers from Greece, Iceland, Norway, Croatia, Russia and more, and included two spectacular pieces – her gilded baby acorn earrings (pictured here) and her gum nut and leaf necklace with an orange CZ.

Participants' work was published in Artistar Jewels 2017, a hardcover book which is distributed to industry and international buyers worldwide, and sold in bookstores across Europe. Founded in 2012 by designer Enzo Carbone, Artistar Jewels is an international springboard for well-known artists and emerging creative talents in the contemporary jewellery scene. It’s the only contest in Italy and one of few in the world. Participants are selected for high artistic value, technical experimentation and research.

Being selected for Artistar Jewels was a crowning moment for Jennie, who graduated from The Learning Connexion with a Diploma of Honours, majoring in Contemporary Jewellery.

“The highlight of my professional career to date was travelling to Milan to attend the exhibition opening, meeting fellow exhibiting jewellers and being part of the exhibition award ceremony,” she says.

Jennie works with sterling silver, gold, bronze and glass to create striking, original jewellery that is strongly influenced by the natural world. Her pieces can be found in numerous galleries throughout New Zealand and overseas.

“The natural world has been a love of mine since childhood. My creative process involves closely observing nature in all its intricacies, before casting the final piece in my chosen material."

Jennie attributes her success, in part, to the four years she spent at The Learning Connexion.

“Coming to TLC was one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. It was time well invested. I gained both technical skills from my tutors, and made wonderful bonds within the art community...I loved every minute here. I used to stay for 12 hour stretches after the night jewellery class! For me it was where my heart was...and my soul.”


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