MY STORY


Born and raised on the stunning West Coast of New Zealand's South
Island, I grew up surrounded by vast  and wildly
beautiful natural landscapes. I spent much of my youth outdoors playing sport, riding horses and exploring the bush with my family.
 
Before jewellery, it was through cheffing that I discovered an outlet for my creativity. I left the hospitality industry to raise my two daughters, but over time, the urge to create again became strong. I enrolled in a local silver smithing course, where I discovered that the fabrication of metal, the vibrant and varied gemstones and the many design possibilities excited me. My love for jewellery design
was born.

All of my pieces are designed and handmade in my Christchurch
studio. My inspiration is drawn from the landscapes that I
grew up in and more recently from the strong
contrast between the Canterbury plains and the bold
new forms appearing with the city's rebuild. My latest collection is bright and colourful with hints of the city's urban street art.
 
Inspiration can come in unexpected forms; a graffiti wall with lichen
growing on it or a particular gemstone calling for its own unique
design. I enjoy adding colour to my designs either with beautiful
gemstones, coloured silk cords, leather or more recently resin
enamel.

Like the landscapes, my collections may evolve with the seasons, the
sudden force of nature, or with the quiet progression of time.

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© 2017 by Mel Hopkinson, Christchurch, NZ