International art collectors “over the moon” with their latest New Zealand piece
April 10, 2017
Award-winning Wellington Artist Nadine Jaggi’s most recent couture art piece was commissioned by a Canadian couple.
Jaggi, who grew up in Lower Hutt and now lives in Upper Hutt, crafted the piece out of leather, working on it part-time for the last two years between jobs in the film industry and other creative endeavours.
Avid art-collectors Arnfinn Prugger and Lindsay Embree gave Jaggi an open brief for the costume piece to create whatever she wanted.
Prugger said he and his wife were “over the moon” with the final artwork. “I’m not sure what I expected, but it’s better than what I expected.”
They had bought a lot of art which had become part of their home such as banisters and wall mounted carvings, but never a stand-alone piece like this.
He said it was going to be displayed on a mannequin in the only cat-free room in their home in Saskatchewan.
Prugger, an appreciator of the arts, and Embree, an artist, were travelling New Zealand and in Nelson when they saw Jaggi’s piece Ornitho Maia, which took out the supreme award at the 2008 World of Wearable Arts.
Later in the trip they happened to meet WOW winner Jaggi by chance while on a tour of Weta Workshop where she was the tour guide. Since then, their relationship has grown through biennial artistic collaborations in Whangarei and Saskatchewan, where craft artists come together from around the world to experiment and create using new mediums.
Prugger and Embree help to fund a scheme which sends artists from New Zealand to Saskatchewan on odd years, and brings artists from Saskatchewan to Whangarei on even years.
Jaggi was happy to make a piece for people like Prugger and Embree who “keep the art world going”.
“I just feel so privileged that it’s going to such good hands,” she said.
Although Jaggi’s primary medium is leather, this piece features Swarovski crystals and pearls – an influence from her friend and 2004 WOW winner, the late Claire Prebble.
Jaggi was particularly inspired by a gift from Prebble which was an artwork called Resting Wings. “The wing became a motif throughout the piece,” she said.