Dane was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1994.
I am drawn to the contrast things and concepts have, the difference in perspectives people and
their ideas or ideals often have; some being “perfect”, others being “flawed”, some considered
“correct” while simultaneously being “wrong”. This balance and duality of existence resonates
with me and so I attempt to display that through my jewellery.
As a person I have had to learn and accept that perfection is unattainable but can be strived
towards as an ideal, whilst coming to terms with the flaws one acquires. My work represents and
often mirrors these mentalites. However another person may see this as a feature or quality, this
further reinforces my belief of perspectives and ideas. Beyond this, my work is also inspired by
my other passions; video games, music, science, and concepts.
Somewhat fittingly my jewellery education has not been the most conventional. Upon leaving
high school and going to Otago Polytechnic to study creative studies and design. I lost sight of
any goal I had for my future. Eventually I was presented with the opportunity of learning
bladesmithing with renowned bladesmith Richard Van Dijk, which I took up. This led on to me
doing jewellery night classes with Richard. Lasting a few years, this quickly became a passion
of mine, something I could improve upon physically.
After these night classes ended, I went back to the Otago Polytechnic to study welding and
mechanical engineering, further expanding my skill set. Finishing this, I sought out a jewellery
apprenticeship, which resulted in me becoming an intern at a Dunedin based studio with
acclaimed New Zealand painter and jeweller John Z Robinson, with whom I still work alongside.
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