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Christine Hafermalz-Wheeler

CURRICULUM VITAE

1953
Born in Erfurt, East Germany. Second daughter of plumber Hans Hafermalz and his wife Helga.

1956 - 57
Family escaped to West Germany, settling near Stuttgart.

1968 - 72
Christine apprenticed to master goldsmiths Herbert Fischer & Werner Raschke in Schwäbisch Gmünd.

1972
Opened business as 'Goldschmiede Christin' in Stuttgart, making and selling art jewellery.

1973
Election to the 'Verband Bildender Künstler', the Union of Professional Artists.

1988
Workshop transferred to Sussex, England.
Election to the 'Guild of Sussex Craftsmen'.

1992
Workshop transferred to Auckland, New Zealand.

2006
Invitation to join Gesellschaft fuer Goldschmiedekunst, Hanau. Resigned 2010.

2008
AGR Matthey Fine Jewellery Award winner, National Jewellery Showcase, Wellington.

2010
Construction of Citrine, home and workshop on Auckland’s Waiheke Island.
Member of Studio Connections Gallery, Oneroa.

2012
Finalist in IU Awards colour gemstone competition, Hong Kong.
Finalist in JAA Australian Jewellery Awards.

2013
Documentary on Christine's life and work, by Stephanie Bennett.

2014
Opening of 'Christine', The Artist Goldsmith Gallery, Oneroa, Waiheke Island.


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

In the Goldschmiede Christin, Stuttgart
1973, 1977, 1982 (10 years), 1983, 1986, 1987.

At Tillington Hill House, Sussex
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991.

At Freiligrathstraße, Stuttgart-Bad Cannstatt
1988, 1989, 1990.

Candover Gallery, Andover
1990 (Berlin Wall).

St Helier, Jersey
1989, 1990, 1991, 1993.

Landgut Burg, Beutelsbach (near Stuttgart)
1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007 (35 years).
2009, 2012 (40 years).

Highclere Castle, Newbury
1993, 1995.

MasterWorks Gallery, Auckland
1993 (Immigration), 1994, 1995 (Western Feelings), 1997, 1998.

Statements Gallery, Napier
1997 (A Brilliant 25) 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009

Navigator Exhibition
1999 Auckland Museum.
2000 Haus Dacheröden, Erfurt.
2000 Landgut Burg, nr Stuttgart.
2001 Americas Cup Jubilee Regatta, Cowes.
2002 Grantham Gallery, Auckland.

Lopdell House Gallery, Waitakere City
2001 ("Klimt and Marc").

Tessiers, Mayfair, London
2003, 2004

Richmond Hill Gallery
2005

Steps Gallery, Melbourne
2007

Capital Museum, Beijing
2007 “Pan Yu-Lin” (accompanying a retrospective of Pan’s paintings)

Auckland Museum Showcases
2007 Waka Moana
2007 Treasures of Egypt

Waiheke Community Art Gallery
2008 “Pan Yu-Lin”
2013 'Crowns Jewels and Lasts' group exhibit


ART FAIRS

Goldsmiths Fair, Goldsmiths Hall, London
1989.

Country Living Fair, London
1992.

Artex New Zealand
1995, 1996, 1997, 1998.

SOFA New York & Chicago (Aaron Faber Gallery)
2002, 2003.

National Jewellery Showcase, Wellington
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Art Taipei, Taiwan
2007

Air New Zealand Fashion Week, Auckland
2008

National Jewellery Institute Designer Showcase
2008: Forbes Galleries, Fifth Avenue, New York, USA
2009: Hotel le Bristol, Paris

NZ Academy of Fine Arts, Wellington
'From a Distance. As seen from Waiheke'

2012

Verband Bildender Kuenstler BW, Stuttgart ‘Precious’
2012

Hong Kong International Jewellery Fair
2013


COLLECTIONS

The Colour of Freedom
1990: Celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall, using chiselled fragments.

Spirit of New Zealand
1991: Impressions from a first holiday visit to NZ.

West Coast Feelings
1995: Pounamu (nephrite jade) carvings from the West Coast of NZ.

A Brilliant 25
1997: Celebration of 25 years work, using Australian coloured diamonds.

Rooflines
1998: Folding of gold sheet and ribbon, inspired by the corrugated roofing tin used in NZ.

Navigator
1999: An essay in Jewellery. Reflections on migration, referring to Polynesian navigation techniques researched by Dr David Lewis.

Klimt and Marc
2001: Response to the paintings of Gustav Klimt and Franz Marc, viewed whilst travelling in Europe.

Whanganui River
2003: A 3-day canoe trip on the mighty Whanganui River inspired a group of works.

Haystack outtakes
2006: Use of enamels and of the Shibori technique, each acquired during a 2-week residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, USA.

Pan Yu-Lin
2007: Homage to Chinese painter Pan Yu-Lin, ‘The Painter from Shanghai’. Shown at the Capital Museum in Beijing.

Illustrations
2014: Recollections of the tales of Apache chief Winnetou and his immigrant friend Old Shatterhand, told in adventure stories by German author Karl May. Awaiting completion and exhibition.

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