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Warwick Freeman pāua necklace, 1987 (2nd of 3)

Warwick Freeman pāua necklace, 1987

The influential 1988 exhibition Bone Stone Shell highlighted the growing importance of natural, indigenous materials in New Zealand jewellery. Warwick Freeman created this pāua-shell bead necklace for the exhibition in 1987. Freeman started to work with pāua in the early 1980s and held an exhibition called Pāua Dreams in 1981. He wanted to elevate pāua, which had hitherto been associated with Kiwiana souvenirs, as a precious material.

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How to cite this page:

Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Lucy Hammonds, 'Crafts and applied arts - Ceramics, glass, jewellery and textiles, 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/object/45324/warwick-freeman-paua-necklace-1987 (accessed 15 October 2019)

Story by Douglas Lloyd Jenkins and Lucy Hammonds, published 22 Oct 2014