• Clementine Edwards
  • Jenny Takahashi Palmer
  • Louie Zalk-Neale
  • Ming Ranginui
  • Nââwié Tutugoro

Precious items can have an important role in ritual and performance, with connections to sacred and intimate body parts; be it a handmade vessel we drink water out of, a comb we brush our hair with, or an elegant ring passed down from generations. They can be made of rare materials, be well-crafted and artisanal, but moreover tend to have emotional significance or spiritual importance, something that is passed on and carried through us, evoking the memory and presence of loved ones.

Bling Ring asks five craft-based artists, working across contemporary art, sculpture, jewellery, garment-making, performance and embroidery to create artworks that are underscored by personal notions of preciousness.

For Louie Zalk-Neale (Ngāi Te Rangi/Pākēha), this means using native tī kōuka fibres to create thin, delicate ropes that are both worn on the body and exhibited, whose appearance shift and change over time, like the gender-bending taniwha glimpsed in Māori history and mythology.

Nââwié Tutugoro explores the form of traditional Kanaky head combs, transforming hard materials into soft sculptures capable of being touched and held.

Fellow artist and collaborator Jenny Takahashi Palmer creates a sequence of exquisite hair related artefacts through woodcarving and silver-smithing that reflect her own Japanese heritage, made to be shown as much as to be worn.

Ming Ranginui (Te Āti Haunui-a-Pāpārangi) makes intricately adorned and darkly humorous personal objects, thinking through a teenager’s jewellery collection.

Rotterdam/Naarm-based artist Clementine Edwards shows new and old work that examines her understanding of ‘material kinship’–the relationship one has to people, through shared, found and combined materials, and offers renewed appreciation for that which is salvaged or commonplace.

Curated by Vanessa Mei Crofskey. This group exhibition kicks off Enjoy’s new programme under the leadership of Vanessa Mei Crofskey, inviting contemporary craft practices to take centre stage within a non-profit art gallery, examining what is sacred and frivolous up close. We would like to thank The Chartwell Project for the financial support that has made this exhibition possible, and Creative New Zealand for their continuing support.

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday – Friday, 11am – 6pm
  • Saturday, 11am – 4pm


  • 211 Left Bank
  • Te Aro
  • Pōneke Wellington