Horisaki and Jennifer Braithwaite
Cesi n'est pas une chapeau ou collier
Jennifer Braithwaite is known for her jewellery design, in particular her necklaces. She is represented by the National Contemporary Jewellery Gallery here in Christchurch and Fingers Gallery in Auckland. Formally trained in fashion and textile design with a MFA from Central Saint Martins School of Fashion in London. She too is renowned for her handmade leather innovations, akin with Horisaki. Her black necklaces are crafted from salvaged leather which have been cut and reconstructed to create jewellery with a soft and luxurious feel creating a strong sculptural silhouette. She also makes bags for us here at NG, which are made from vintage clasps and repurposed leathers.
When we asked her to find something that she was drawn to at NG Space she instantly knew it would be the Horisaki hats. "When I think about the exquisite Horisaki hats at NG, I envisage the paintings of Rene Magritte. Men in bowler hats often appear in Magritte's artworks as faceless individuals or descending from the sky like raindrops. We know this is an illusion, a dream within a dream. He believed that we need not look very far for the mysterious as it lurks in conventional everyday things. In the painting 'The Treachery of Images', "eci nest pas une Pipe", Magritte suggests that no matter how we see an object in its first instance, we never do really catch the essence of what it is and a photo or painting doesn't compare to the real thing."
The shape I am most drawn to is rather masculine, almost like the bowler hats of Magritte, this for me conjures up a sense of tradition, of gentlemen wearing hats and the faint aroma of tobacco, wood fires and whisky on a late dreamy afternoon."
Salvage Bags by Jennifer Braithwaite are available at NG Space.
Jewellery available at www.thenational.co.nz
pipe from Vintage Wonderland, 173 Ferry Road Christchurch
bow tie, shirt and glasses are Jennifer's own.