Welfe Bowyer is a contemporary jewellery artist currently based in the Kaipara region, 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. He is more likely to draw inspiration from the forms of Carlo Scarpa, Sculptor Richard Serra or the processes of deconstructivist Gordon Matta-Clark, than of his fellow peers.
“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.”
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