After training as a teacher of Technology, Francis Kirkham studied for a Diploma in Jewellery Making with Ian Lawrence (who at the time was Jeweller to Dunhill), at the House of Lawrian in Essex, U.K. He honed his skills as a manufacturing/retailing jeweller for 15 years before immigrating to New Zealand in 2001.
Kirkham’s current project is the development of a range of woven designs using traditional soft material techniques. He puts emphasis on creating unique designs with clean and simple lines.
Exhibitions of Kirkham’s contemporary work have been shown at the National Whiteboard Exhibition (Wellington, N.Z.), Aratoi (Masterton) and as part of the Wairarapa Arts Trail.