Author(s): Damian Skinner
Between Tides: Jewellery by Alan Preston is a survey of over thirty years' work by one of New Zealand's leading contemporary jewellers. From his earliest work in the 1970s to his achievements as part of the bone stone shell movement and his most recent jeweller y using fibre and found materials, Between Tides tracks the ceaseless flow of creativity that informs Preston's jewellery.
Damian Skinner is one of New Zealand's best known art writers. His recent books include a monograph on Don Binney and a major work on the art of Maori carving. Alan Preston was among the vanguard of contemporary jewellers who, in the early 1980s, took a gentle, under-the-radar craft and elevated it into the realm of art. As one of the founders of the pioneering jewellery collective Fingers, he made jewellery that adapted Pacific materials and motifs, capturing and leading the zeitgeist. Magnificently crafted and backed by an intellectually articulated vision, his pieces have always been coveted and collected.