Fran Carter is a Wellington born Jeweller and maker who has a long history of making and designing which stems back to her early childhood. During her teens and early 20’s she was the winner of several national awards for her fashion design entries.
Still drawn to the field of body adornment and applied craft, In 2012 Fran took up studies with Whitireia NZ and in 2014, graduated with a Bachelor in Applied Arts majoring in contemporary jewellery. In 2015 she was the recipient of the Whitireia Toi Pōneke artist in residence award, whilst completing her Graduate Diploma in Applied Art. Fran resides in Wellington New Zealand where she continues her jewellery making practice and other making interests.
Contemporary jeweller Fran Carter presented her solo exhibition MOOP - Matter Out Of Place: November 20th - December 12th. Carter spent one year as Toi Pōneke’s: Whitireia artist-in-resident in 2015, her research was based within the tryst between value and function. Carter's practice utilises the casting process to transform discarded materials, found objects collected from city streets, sea shores and elsewhere, with calls for donations of peoples broken or unused silver jewellery items and objects. The ephemera is then reinvented as playful and vivid new pieces of jewellery for the body.
Listen here to learn more about the project with an interview on National Radio New Zealand ‘Standing Room Only’ with Lynn Freeman
MOOP - MATTER OUT OF PLACE - 2015
JEWELLERY: 101 - 2014 Graduate Showcase Selection
DOMESTIC IN NATURE - 2014
Domestic In Nature, a solo exhibition of contemporary jewellery designed and made by Fran Carter, made in response to the nature and role of domestic life in modern times.
Fran says - The nature of the domestic has been of relevance to me since day one,from how we are raised,to the roles we are expected to perform. I believe finding ways to bring joy to whatever you do, no matter how menial the task can help us to make peace with our situation
The exhibition gave viewers the opportunity to view contemporary jewellery objects, made from plastic bags, bread tags and recycled aluminium teapots and pans. Classic kiwi staples from the kitchen. Carter had employed specialist techniques, such as carving and casting in hard and soft wax.
M O U L D
Jewellery & Ceramics by Maia McDonald & Fran Carter
2 June - 16 June, Gallery 35b Precinct 35, Ghuznee St,Wellington
We make with a longing to engage our being.
The material reveals its potential - responding to the actions our hands take when moulding it as we push, pull and glide with it.
The relationship is like any other between people; sometimes fraught and involving a struggle, each fighting to be understood, and other times playful and harmonious, tender and nurturing.
Maia’s pieces create an undulating and fluid landscape. No straight lines emerge, everything appears as a painting in three dimensions; telling stories between their forms with clusters and stacks. The works in ‘Mould’ have been directly influenced by Fran’s pieces. The conversation grew in quiet moments of contemplation and has now arrived in a new space, to explore the relationships objects have when sitting together in close quarters.
Fran’s primary method of making employs lost wax casting. For this series she has abandoned her usual approach and worked directly with metal in response to the kinetic presence embodied in Maia’s pieces. Creating alloys and manipulating their form, she moulds the metal into shape whilst it is in its molten state, quickly fusing other counterparts such as ring shanks and gemstones.
Fran is attracted to unearthing the potential in unutilised materials and objects, endeavouring to repurpose materials where possible. This body of work includes a series of pendants created from the remnants of her aluminum castings, revealing a tactile quality that relates to the familial dynamic at play in ‘Mould’.
COLLABORATIVE EXHIBITION AT PRECINCT35 WITH CERAMIC ARTIST MAIA MCDONALD
I have a love for repurposing unwanted or underutilized materials. I find it a thrill seeing what can be developed and made new from objects I find or collect that would otherwise be going to waste, to integrate them into my jewellery making. I believe often enough we already have what we need around us, but just need to apply some creative thinking to realise it into being!
I am always looking at new ways to add colour and have been working with repurposing various plastics for a while now as it’s a material I see having inherent aesthetic qualities and value that is often going to waste.
I first came into contact with plastic gelato spoons whilst experimenting with collected ‘waste’ materials on a Whitireia NZ Artist Residency at Toi Pōneke Art Centre in 2015. Although I started to create jewellery pieces with them then, it wasn’t until this year that I finally found a way to put the colourful Gelato spoons to use in a beautiful and satisfying way that felt more resolved. Since that time I have teamed up with a local Gelato business to see that less of these single-use objects aren’t going to waste by repurposing them into delectable new jewellery pieces.
*All styles can be made in selection of colour ranges as displayed. Colours are subject to availability.