jennifer hay

I have a background in Art History with a Master's Degree from the School of Fine Arts University of Canterbury. After working at the Christchurch art Gallery as a curator of contemporary art, I travelled to Australia where I managed a contemporary dealer gallery in Adelaide. This background in the arts has now channelled itself into a practice of making textiles and jewellery.

I am influenced by traditional craft techniques and intricate hand beading using antique materials that I have collected over many years. These materials include glass seed beads salvaged from Victorian mourning mantles, Edwardian dresses, threads and discarded objects. These are reused, assembled and turned into a range of contemporary jewellery pieces that referenced the past.

My textile work includes leaf prints and plant pigment dyes on silk and merino. These botanical watercolours and immersion prints reflect the local plants and seasons of Central Otago.

I live in Bannockburn and am the Director of the Cromwell Museum, where I enjoy researching and working with the museum collection.