Story of nz Jeweller Martyn Milligan at Rinopai in Golden Bay
Rinopai Ironworks Workshop. Est:1995
A small Independent jewellery workshop situated on the slopes of Mt Rinopai, Golden Bay, near the North Western tip of the South Island of New Zealand.
I started the Rinopai Workshop after the birth of our son. My tiny shed became my workshop. Off grid, using mostly hand tools and a generator to run the polishers, I released my first range into TheVault in 1995.
From these small beginnings the Rinopai design range has found itself into design stores nationwide and from there to the many fans here in New Zealand and worldwide.
Designer and principal maker, Martyn Milligan has been making jewellery items for over twenty years.
"I try to make pieces that reflect what I am interested in. I love living at Parapara , on the edge of the Kahurangi national park. For twenty five years my jewellery making and daily interaction with the bush surrounds have been closely linked. It is really natural for me to make flowers. I never planned it that way but I just enjoyed the process even when challenging and so over the years I have really become a florist of sorts. I like my pieces to feel like they come from our place in the world, that they reflect a time, an event.
I feel lucky to have developed a style of work which closely matches my experience of living here at Parapara."
The Rinopai workshop and gallery is situated at Parapara in Golden Bay and is open to visit in the summer each year. The Nelson studio is situated at Founders Park and is open by appointment. The Nelson Market , Saturdays 9am - 1pm, Westend.
Currently Painter, Frith Wilkinson, assists in the Parapara workshop and fellow jeweller Liz Kendrick manages the Founders Park studio in Nelson.