Artist Profile: Vaune Mason

Jewellery Designer

Vaune Mason is a multi-disciplinary artist, but her passion is jewellery making.
Originally from Muriwai Beach on the West Coast of Auckland, Wellington has been her home for the last 15 years.

Vaune works from her shared studio space in Toi Poneke Arts Centre. She draws her inspiration from the materials she works with and from the natural world around her. Story telling is a rich element in her work, often featuring carved or cut-out motifs of feathers, birds and animals. She is fiercely devoted to promoting hand crafted, ethical, local jewellery.
She is very interested in the crossover between art forms and constantly strives to work and collaborate with artists in other mediums, and to provide opportunities for public and practitioners to experience visual and performing arts in new contexts.

Vaune has had pieces displayed in the World of Wearable Arts (2003, 2004), exhibited jewellery and installations across New Zealand and has created several successful theatrical works, and collaborated on circus and burlesque performances.
In 2008 Vaune created the performance jewellery exhibition Shine, bringing contemporary jewellery to life in an intimate stage setting.
In 2011 Vaune was the major creative force behind Monster Burlesque – a headlining show as part of the Real NZ Festival.

Notable achievements:
Co-founder of Workspace Studios, jewellery studio and school est. 2006
Winner of the Handstand Contemporary Jewellery Award – 2009
Published in 1000 Rings Inspiring Adornments for the Hand, Lark Books, N.Y., 2004