Welfe Bowyer takes a look back through his own process cycles and begins to analyse and deconstruct them through the lens of influences such as Adhocism and the Mono-Ha movement, with a focus on sustainability and how a practice like his might look to reassess their impact on the environment.
Finding value in discarded materials and found objects, Bowyer challenges traditional methods, utilising previously applied materials from his process cycle - such as silicon moulds, wax and metal offcuts - and combines them with found materials from his surrounding environment - such as rope, plastic and driftwood. By recognising the value in each material and each stage of the process and re-interpreting these stages with no beginning or end, new works begin to form new material relationships in a spontaneous manner. Works that are no longer stationary but alive, allowing rise to various moments and iterations within each piece, the photograph purely acting to document a certain time, material configuration or concept.
A festival exploring how craft is evolving in the 21st century
1 - 31 October 2021
Welfe Bowyer is a contemporary jewellery artist currently based in Mahurangi East, Aotearoa. Born in Glaneirw, Cymru (Wales) and raised in the Rangitikei region, Aotearoa (New Zealand), he graduated from the Victoria School of Architecture, Wellington in 2005, and worked in Melbourne, Australia between 2010 and 2020, where he simultaneously began experimenting with jewellery design while working in the Architectural field. This allowed him the perfect medium with which to conceptualise, experiment and create three dimensional forms on a scale different to that of architecture. Bowyer is an award-winning student (Dulux Architecture design award 2004), and a finalist in the Mari Funaki Award 2018. Predominantly self taught, in combination with studying skills courses at NMIT, Welfe’s jewellery has its emphasis on form and structure, material combinations, and textures that are used to bind elements.
“I like to create hand made textures with common alloys of Bronze, Silver and Gold and combine them in unique ways, playing off the strengths of one metal over another to create a language that speaks of time and erosion and how pieces might evolve in the future as they are worn.”