Upcoming exhibition Wunderruma: New Zealand Jewellery curated by two of the country’s most prominent jewellers Karl Fritsch and Warwick Freeman, features the works of more than 75 contemporary artists including Jane Dodd (pictured above), Bob Mitchell (pictured below) as well as Maori taonga (treasure) and Pacific and historical jewellery.

Objects made from stone, wood, bone and precious metals sit alongside less traditional works such as a necklace made from cigarette butts, a brooch made from a kingfisher bird and a sheepskin necklace.

Wunderruma originated when the curators were invited by Galerie Handwerk in Munich, Germany to create a show for the international jewellery symposium Schmuck in 2014.

Bob Mitchel, Owl Ring, 2013, broken hammer handle

Bob Mitchel, Owl Ring, 2013, broken hammer handle

Fashionable food

New Zealand chef Peter Gunn has been paired with Australian designer Christopher Esber to compete in the 2015 S.Pellegrino Young Chef & Young Designer Grand Finale in Milan on June 26 this week.

Gunn and Esber were matched through an S.Pellegrino international scouting to find the best Young Chef and Young Designer in the world.

For the competition Esber has created a dress inspired by Gunn’s signature dish – Cape Grim beef short rib with roast celery vinaigrette and garlic flowers.

With similar creative outlooks, it’s easy to see why the two were paired up. Gunn describes his creative style as “raw and honest”, while Esber’s focus is on purity.

Gunn, a former Porirua local, now runs the kitchen leading Melbourne restaurant Attica. Esber won the L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival’s National Design Award in 2012 and has gone on to show at Mercedes-Benz Australian Fashion Week.

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