Shadow play: the work of weaver Jasmine Clark
Artist and weaver Jasmine Clark creates sculptures from woven materials. Her work plays with form and shadow, creating striking artworks that are unlike any other.
Based in Arrowtown, Jasmine’s work will feature in the opening art exhibition at The Ivy Box art gallery. The gallery re-opens in September 2021 after an extensive renovation project.
“All of my work is created using woven materials,” says Jasmine, “For a long time I was only using recycled copper wire, now I am using rattan (the inside of cane). My hands are starting to feel those harder materials so I’m adapting and exploring other materials.”
Weaving inspired by nature
Jasmine grew up in Kare Kare on Auckland’s West Coast, where she developed a deep appreciation of nature and natural forms. As a youngster, she was a serious shell collector.
Her introduction to the world of weaving came from her grandmother and mum, who were both rug weavers.
“Mum used to set me up on a little loom when I was a kid. I went straight to art school from high school and when I was about 18, I did a night class on flax weaving. I was hooked and I’ve been weaving ever since.”
Jasmine has a Bachelor in three-dimensional design from Unitec Design School (Auckland) and a certificate in visual arts from Nelson Polytechnic. She regularly attends conferences in Australia and New Zealand, teaching and learning more as she goes.
Though she has moved away from flax weaving, Jasmine still uses natural materials. Her work features materials like bull kelp, willow and rattan, all woven into natural shapes that play with shadow and light.
“Most of my work is based on natural forms and natural materials. I use found driftwood and recycled wire, rattan…
“I love playing with shadows and natural forms. Weaving lends itself beautifully to shadow play so I always try to incorporate that.”
New Beginnings exhibition
Jasmine says she’s excited to be part of The Ivy Box gallery’s New Beginnings exhibition this spring.
“I visited the gallery the other day and it’s amazing – so cool and fresh and funky. And you can’t beat that location by the lake…”
From her studio in Arrowtown, Jasmine works on commissions but the exhibition has offered an opportunity to experiment and create something completely different.
“I’m using rattan and experimenting with different ways to dye it. So I’ll probably do that for Lynda’s gallery.
“I’ll also incorporate driftwood which I have been charring with a blow torch. This is similar to a technique used in Japan for cladding.
“Playtime has become a luxury recently. So that’s the thing I’m most looking forward to. I’ve got some ideas and I’m working on something new for the exhibition. I won’t be repeating something I have already done and I’m excited to share that.”
The Ivy Box’s opening exhibition, New Beginnings, starts 24th September 2021. The exhibition features new work by a multi-disciplinary range of contemporary New Zealand artists.