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New Zealand sculptor and jewelry designer creates strong, organic forms inspired by her homeland’s raw natural beauty.

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CANOPY CANCER CARE 'KOROWAI' COMMISSION UNVEILED

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Korowai for Canopy Cancer Care - 📸 Karen Whiting

Korowai for Canopy Cancer Care - 📸 Karen Whiting

Instagram: Deeply honoured to see my new copper and steel Korowai commission for Canopy Cancer Care installed in their beautiful new building in Takapuna.

Thank you to the Canopy TV crew for documenting the installation, and for the interview. Canopy Cancer Care is a leading private clinic for adult cancer patients - you couldn’t find a more passionate and dedicated group of people.

With more than 3000 individual components , this Korowai is part of a limited series of artworks inspired by the memory of my mother - who carried her own precious Korowai around the world for more than 30 years.

Very special thanks to Karen Whiting and her team, and to my assistants on this project - Jack Will and Max McMeiken from James Russ Gallery.


ELEMENTAL AKL FESTIVAL - SOLO EXHIBITION AT HALLERTAU BREWERY & BIERGARTEN

Auckland's newest winter festival Elemental AKL is awakening the elements for a month-long celebration showcasing sensational cuisine, dazzling lighting installations, impressive entertainment and culture around the region.

Elemental AKL draws on the elements of air, fire, earth, and water to unlock a unique and inspiring calendar of more than 50 free and ticketed events. Elemental AKL is set to transform eateries and bars, theatres, parks and islands, public spaces and more throughout Tāmaki Makaurau this July.

Fire in the Western Sky

Take a sensory journey through the verdant Hallertau biergarten to experience the works of local artists Cherise Thomson and James Russ who explore the cycle of interconnectedness between light, sky and the land.

Expand your taste buds with a manuka-smoked menu, including fresh kai moana, locally sourced meat and game matched with Hallertau's selection of renowned beer.

To make a booking at Hallertau Brewery and Biergarten, click at https://www.aucklandnz.com/elementalfestival/events/fire-in-the-western-sky

To learn more about the unique sculpted lights and one-of-a-kind sculptures on display: http://www.cherisethomson.com/elementalakl


MURIWAI ARTS GROUP SHOW 2019

Cherise will have new work on exhibit at the 2019 Muriwai Arts Group Show this April 6 and 7.

The show incorporates the work of over 50 local artists, with open studios and a comprehensive group exhibition at the Muriwai Surf Lifesaving Club and Community Hub. Among the many contributors are numerous well-known, internationally renowned artists who’ll be submitting all-original works across a variety of media (photography, painting, ceramics, carving, jewellery, sculpture, weaving and more).

Short interview for Muriwai Arts 2019 below.


'ORIGIN '68' FIELDAYS COMMISSION UNVEILED

Honoured to be specially commissioned by Fieldays to create a sculpture celebrating their 50th Anniversary. 'Origin '68' was unveiled at Te Rapa Racecourse by Fieldays chief executive Peter Nation. With special thanks to Reg Laurie and Lance Enevoldsen. Origin '68 will be at Waikato Museum as part of the 50th anniversary Fieldays exhibition in May.

> Read full article at the NZ Herald

Cherise Thomson and Fieldays chief executive Peter Nation at the launch.

Cherise Thomson and Fieldays chief executive Peter Nation at the launch.


CHERISE THOMSON JEWELRY NOW AT WAKA GALLERY QUEENSTOWN

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Cherise is a guest Artist at the beautiful and unique Waka Gallery in Queenstown with a selection of her boulder opal now on display. Waka Gallery is owned by Rob Lynes, a gem cutter and renowned pounamu (jade) carver, who has created with his team of talented jewellers, pearliers and jade carvers, an interactive gallery where you can see Opal, Pearl and Pounamu in their natural state transformed into fine jewellery and stunning works of Art. 


THIS NZ LIFE PROFILE INTERVIEW ON CHERISE

"From a distance her creations appear to float mid-air like great metallic sea creatures. Rows upon rows of spiralling links can withstand wind, rain and curious prods. It’s sculpted magic she’s created with galvanised and No. 8 fencing wire.

Months of work, and 100s of kilometres of wire, go into her sculptures – each of which can cost anywhere from $3000 to over $10,000."

> Read more at thisNZlife.co.nz.

Cherise with her sculpture ‘Kai Nui’, meaning ‘high tide’ or big sea’ in Hawaiian. It took 1177m of wire to weave.

Cherise with her sculpture ‘Kai Nui’, meaning ‘high tide’ or big sea’ in Hawaiian. It took 1177m of wire to weave.


CHERISE THOMSON JEWELRY NOW AT THE FOUR SEASONS HOTELS AND RESORTS

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Cherise Thomson Jewelry is proud to be represented by the Four Seasons Luxury Hotels and Resorts, in Ko Olina, O'ahu. On display at their luxury boutique Caprice


CHERISE THOMSON UNIQUE SCULPTED LIGHTS NOW AT JAMES RUSS GALLERY

Cherise Thomson with James Russ at the opening of the James Russ Gallery

Cherise Thomson with James Russ at the opening of the James Russ Gallery

Four of Cherise's unique sculptured lights, and a recent sculpture 'After inflorescence' were included in James Russ Gallery official opening of the gorgeous new gallery space.

> Visit the James Russ Gallery


'AFTER INFLORESCENCE' SELECTED AS FINALIST FOR FIELDAYS No.8 WIRE NATIONAL ART AWARD

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'After Inflorescence'. A finalist at this years Waikato Museum Fieldays No 8 Wire National Art Award.

'After Inflorescence' is 1759mm x 570mm x 350mm (4mm & 2mm galvanized wire) and reflects on the beauty and complexity of these coral-like palm branches after flowering.

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FIELDAYS No.8 NATIONAL ART AWARD INTERVIEW

> Stuff.co.nz - Watch/listen to a brief interview with Cherise while setting up for the Fieldays No.8 National Art Award.


KOROWAI PLACES 2ND AT FIELDAYS No.8 WIRE NATIONAL ART AWARD

Second place winner Cherise Thomson with 'Korowai'

Second place winner Cherise Thomson with 'Korowai'

'Korowai' is a tribute to my memories of my mother, to the grace and beauty of this traditional Māori art form – and to early settlers like my great grandparents and grandparents who tirelessly attempted to bend and shape the land (and endless spools of No.8 wire) to their will.

KOROWAI | CLOSE UP 2ND PLACE 2016 FIELDAYS NO.8 WIRE NATIONAL ART AWARD CHERISE THOMSON

CHERISE THOMSON JEWELRY NOW AT THE GALLERY PACIFIC

Now at Gallery Pacific – a showcase for New Zealand artisans with a unique collection of jewellery and art. You can find them opposite Dior at 34 Queen Street, Auckland Central.

> Visit Gallery Pacific