Jasmine Clark moved to Arrowtown with her young family seven years ago. She grew up at Kare Kare on the West Coast of Auckland and studied sculpture and object design at Auckland’s Unitec Design School, gaining a Bachelor in three-dimensional design. She also has a certificate in visual arts from Nelson Polytechnic.
An exploration of several art making methods and mediums led Jasmine to find her niche in basketry. Her work in this area has gone from strength to strength and she is known for her skill and innovative approach in this discipline. Jasmine’s ongoing research into new materials is clearly evident in her use of bull kelp, wire and natural materials. Her artworks are reflective of nature and communicate an affinity towards the environment using natural and found materials to produce beautiful and intriguing works.
“Growing up in Kare Kare beach I inherited a strong love and appreciation of nature. I am constantly absorbing inspiration from my immediate natural environment as well as from other practitioners and craft traditions. As a ‘maker’ I recognize the value of treasuring traditional and primitive construction techniques, these precious skills, which were passed down through generations as a necessity of daily life are fast becoming a lost art”.