Lynn Kelly is a New Zealander who has been making jewellery since 1988. She works with a variety of materials, but is especially attracted to the synthesis of organic and traditional jewellery.
Lynn has work in the collections of the Auckland Museum, Te Papa Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington and The Dowse Art Museum in Lower Hutt and exhibits widely in solo and group shows both in New Zealand and internationally, including Australia, Scotland, France, Germany and the USA.
Her work was represented in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th New Zealand Jewellery Biennale Exhibitions. She won the Molly Morpeth Canaday Wear Aotearoa Award in 2004, both the Dowse Foundation Gold Award and the Caselberg Trust Creative Wilderness Residency to Dusky Sound in 2007. She received a Creative New Zealand Research grant to travel to Britain in 2008 and has had residencies in Nelson, Adelaide, Bannockburn, Central Otago and Auckland Council’s residency in Scandrett Regional Park.
"….Dunedin based jeweller Lynn Kelly, crafts exquisite pieces after the distinctive forms of ferns, seed pods and flowers in metal and occasionally incorporating polished slices of fossilised plants that end up looking like natures cameos …… (she) evokes the mystery and the beauty of nature with absolute precision."
From Points of Contact by Andrew Paul Wood, New Zealand Listener, August 18-24 2007, vol 210, number 3510