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a selection of magpie treasures

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DIY Magpie Workshop Walking Tour of Taupo part 2

six for gold
Drew’s Goldsmith’s
Joanna Campbell’s ribbon necklace



seven for secrets not to be told
Taupo’s question mark
Octavia Cook’s brooch



eight for a wish
wishing well
Matthew McIntyre Wilson’s coin brooches





nine for a kiss
rose garden
Pauline Bern’s Mend brooches






ten for a bird not to be missed
Magpie
Lisa Walker talk 2pm




At this point we laid out the collections and started making, making, making.

DIY Magpie Workshop Walking Tour of Taupo part 1

instructions: go to the magpie show.  check out all of these artists.  walk around taupo and draw connections between the old folk rhymes and themes in the jewellery show.  make. make. make.
one for sorrow
early settlers cemetery
Mary Curtis, black brooch
two for joy
Salvation Army
 Cath Dearsley, theory of toys
three for a girl
Taupo primary
Rachel Bell, found-feminine domestic
four for a boy
Taupo primary
Ross Malcolm, necklaces
five for silver
The fly
Jennifer Braithwaite, necklaces
(real silver I am sure!)
….. more soon

MAGPIE review

MAGPIE: New Adventures in Jewellery opened last weekend as apart of the Taupo Erupt festival.  I may be a bit biased, but I thought that the show looked  fabulous.  The tiding, charm, gulp, flock, murder of jewellers descended on Taupo for a weekend of talks.  Lisa Walker spoke on Saturday and Pauline Bern/Tim Walker on Sunday.  It was a lovely event.
I led two public workshops on Saturday and Sunday that involved a walk around town linking concepts in traditional jewellery to works in the show via the magpie rhyme.  The particpants magpied up lovely treasures that we then made into pendants.  More pictures to come shortly.

one for sorrow, 
two for joy,  
three for a girl,
four for a boy,
five for a silver,
six for gold,
seven for secrets not to be told,
eight for a wish,
nine for a kiss,
ten for a bird not to be missed,

Charm, Tiding, Murder: a Magpie view of Taupo


If you are in Taupo in May, then you won’t want to miss the opening of the Magpie show at 

the Taupo Museum.  You could also join me for a jewellery walk of the town  at noon on May 8th and 9th.




Magpie New Adventures in Jewellery workshop kicks off by walking to 9 different sites around Taupo linked to the ‘Magpie’ rhyme. At each site there will be talks about traditional and contemporary jewellery, and a collection of materials and objects to take back to the Museum. There you will learn on both days how to make cord and transform your findings into jewellery.
The Sunday session will be more informal so bring your items from home and transform into your view of Taupo.