A dazzling handiwork

TIED UP: Sinead Jury, 21, pictured with the long finger-knitted cord necklaces which she'll be making in a public workshop.
MELISSA KINEALY
TIED UP: Sinead Jury, 21, pictured with the long finger-knitted cord necklaces which she'll be making in a public workshop.

Knitting jewellery with her fingers is an everyday activity for a young artist exhibiting in Papakura.

Sinead Jury, 21, experiments with wool and cord by finger-knitting necklaces.

Her work features in a new exhibition Be Water, My Friend at Papakura Art Gallery. The show's a partnership between the gallery and the School of Visual Arts at Manukau Institute of Technology, linking the two institutions and providing professional practice for students.

The exhibition also includes a series of free public programmes and workshops along with other students whose art includes drawings, other jewellery and more.

Sinead says her take on jewellery is experimental and the bright colours she uses are a departure from her work last year which was all white.

"I do get really excited when people use the most simple everyday materials."

She's in her final year of a bachelor of visual arts degree and says her main ideas with her finger knitting centre on repetition, practice and multiples.

No knitting needles are required for her creations – she weaves them all between her fingers. Her long knitted necklaces come from finger knitting a ball of wool until its finished.

"It's really exciting," she says of having her work exhibited in the gallery.

"It's scary taking work into the public arena."

Be Water, My Friend gives the public the chance to view a range of contemporary practice from an incoming generation of artists. It's on from July 23 until August 20 and entry is free.

Workshop spaces are limited – Sinead's workshop is on August 2 from 1pm-3pm. Call the gallery on 297-7510 to book.

Papakura Courier