Sarah C Shaw, Organic Design Studio
Kāpiti Arts Trail: Guide Listing no. 78
Artistic mediums: Silver and goldsmith; bronze, steel, copper
My artwork focuses on hand crafting metals through techniques of fabrication and casting using the principle of "Organic Design" to create one-off original jewelry pieces and sculptures. The principle of Organic Design was developed by Frank Lloyd Wright who believed in creating harmony between people and nature to balance between the man-made and natural worlds. I consider factors such as energy conservation, renewable resources, recycling, natural materials and our local economy.
Materials that I use are gold, silver, copper, bronze, brass, iron, and steel, as well as any other materials that can re-formed, re-used, and recycled. My art includes design concepts of: Biomorphism (hints of biological forms); Art Nouveau (sinuous organic line); Arts and Crafts movement (William Morris's revival of traditional handicrafts, a simpler way of life and improvement in the design of ordinary domestic objects); and Craftsmanship (skills that are used when hand-making beautiful things).
Payment options available: Online bank transfer
Accessibility: Studio not suitable for wheelchairs or children (two steps up to gallery). Flat gravel driveway so suitable for elderly.
Address: 497b Te Moana Rd, Waikanae. Parking limited on the street- park close by at the Metlink Park and Ride
Open times during the year: by appointment and booking for classes
Mobile: 021 452 465
View us on the Kāpiti Arts Trail map 2019