Interview with Jeweller Alan Preston

Alan Preston, a contemporary jeweller, discusses his work White Foreshore, a piece of jewellery created from shell fragments taken from Muriwai Beach. Alan’s work references Colin McCahon’s series of paintings Walk, also inspired by Muriwai Beach .

Staff pick by Odessa Owens, Senior Editor, Te Papa Press

Why picked: I like the idea that there is beauty in imperfection, and also how Alan describes himself: ‘I see myself as a maker, rather than somebody who’s an artist’ – this allows the possibility that any one of us can create beautiful things.

Filmed in 2013 for the exhibition Ngā Toi | Arts Te Papa.

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