Dr Kirsten Haydon Full Staff Profile

Dr Kirsten Haydon

Kirsten Haydon is an artist who explores human experience and place through jewellery and objects.

In her research, Dr Haydon investigates new and innovative ways of depicting and communicating the experience of Antarctica through the making and locating of objects. This research has provided new knowledge in the areas of enamelling and installation for object-based practice.

Through this research, she uses new material possibilities from combining traditional vitreous enamels with new technologies and industrial materials.

In 2004, she travelled as a New Zealand Antarctic Arts Fellow to Antarctica for her doctoral research project, Antarctic landscapes in the souvenir and jewellery. Kirsten Haydon lectures in the area of Gold and Silversmithing and completed a PHD in 2009. She received a Teaching Award, Early Career Academic, Design and Social Context Portfolio in 2006 and has gone on to become an Early Career Academic Fellow and Lecturer.

Her work is collected in international public collections including Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, Ville de Cagnes, France, Antarctica New Zealand, Christchurch, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, Wellington and The Dowse, Wellington, the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.