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Sonia Therese Artist
My name is Sonia and I am a jewelry artist.  My jewelry is designed to help people remember the beauty in the world, in one-another and, most importantly, in themselves!  I make jewelry by hand, slowly and with love, from recycled, recovered and sustainably sourced materials to remind my followers and my customers that there is a sublime beauty in the broken parts.  I find inspiration for my designs in the world around me, and the stories of my ancestors - particularly my indigenous ancestors. I share my view of the world, my experiences and my stories via precious taonga, treasures that have deep meaning and yet walk lightly upon this earth.

BELIEVE IN THE BEAUTY

We are bombarded every day with messages of how damaged our world is, how damaging our species is!  It is all too easy to feel helpless, hopeless and that any action is futile.  I don't believe this is true.  I believe that the world is inexhaustibly beautiful and humanity is a treasure.  If we are to turn around all that is happening in this world, we must first believe that we, ourselves are worth fighting for - that we are beautiful.  This begins with the individual and moves to the collective.  My jewelry is a beautiful, tiny treasure in that transformation.  I am lead by my ancestors on a journey of self discovery towards self love.  It is my mission to share what I learn in a way that others can pass it on.  This is my story and my legacy to change the world.   And each piece speaks to the heart of it's wearer - my jewelry changes the world by changing the world of the person wearing it, spreading out the message "believe in the beauty" as a force for change

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From the moment of inception, each piece of jewelry I design and make is intentional about it's impact on the world.  Every design tells a powerful story - often a story from my Maori ancestors.  Every piece is made with aroha - hand crafted slowly and individually as an alternative voice to fast consumer fashion
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PLANET FRIENDLY
I use carefully chosen materials - recycled, repurposed, broken and sustainably sourced - and I am continually reviewing my material sources to ensure integrity and quality.  I choose minimal packaging and source my materials from as close to my jewelry bench as possible.  In addition, I choose to promote conscious consumerism; a world where we choose the products we buy purposefully and intentionally, and a world where we know everything there is to know about these products and the people making them.  We have an intimate relationship with the product and the artist.

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MADE IN NEW ZEALAND
Because I have chosen to make all of my jewelry by hand, this means it is all made in New Zealand.  I purposefully select my raw materials, findings and even my packaging so that it is also made in New Zealand. Long, long LONG may that continue!

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INDIGENOUS ARTISAN
A very big part of making this jewelry is to honour my ancestors and their stories with my designs - taking their voices and wisdom forward for future generations.  I am proud to be learning the language of my ancestors, be an active member of my iwi (tribe), a Ngai Tahu wahine, and I am honored to be sharing my interpretations with you via my designs.

I have opted to make pieces that honor my past and where I have come from because this truly guides my way forward. I realized how vital kaitiaki - guardianship - is for me. That when we see and appreciate our own individual beauty, with our "faults" rather than in spite of them, we can have a powerful impact on everything, including our collective future.

So, wouldn't you love to give the gift of beauty, hope and heart-strong purpose to someone you love?
Oh, and imagine if that someone was you!?