Pohutukawa, Koromiko, Fuchsia and Rengarenga – Kiri Schumacher’s jewellery draws on the beauty of surrounding flora. Inspired by small plant details such as leaves, buds and pods, she refines structure back to its simplest form; focusing on one aspect of a design to draw out the essence of its shape. Like smoother bone, rock, and shell worn back to elemental forms.
Schumacher’s jewellery evokes traditional ritual objects – Catholic rosary beads and Pacific lei. She particularly values the honouring and celebratory nature of the Pasifica aesthetic. She has a fond relationship with the various metals of her craft and their temperaments when heated, shaped, hammered and carved.