The story of ReconnectNZ's Kina (sea urchin) Jewellery Collection
A friend of mine collected kina shells from the beach at Leigh (north of Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand) after a stormy night. The beach was covered in kina shells the next morning as as she walked along seeing them scattered along the beach, she thought of me and how I am inspired by the ocean and often spend hours beach combing. She collected them for me to use as inspiration in my jewellery and art.
Every collection I create links back to the theme of reconnection and with this collection it is about friendship, generosity, connection and inspiration. Remembering the importance of being connected with others, finding commonality and fellowship.
The kina has been given a second life by casting them into sterling silver and copper and I am delighted to be able to create them into unique NZ pieces of art to wear, to connect to the waters of Aotearoa New Zealand and to celebrate special connections and friendships.
Like each of us - each shell has had its own life journey - shaped by the turmoil of sea and sand to become a sign of beauty and resilience.