Diane Brand

Having trained and practiced as an architect and urban designer, I now work part-time at the University of Auckland after a career in teaching, research, and academic leadership.

​My art and art to wear uses ordinary and inexpensive materials and upcycled jewellery. My wish is to enable statement jewellery or small sculpture to be accessible to all, no matter what their budget.

My creative process is inspired by the materials I find to work with. To start a creative process I collect a range of materials/colours, and then select from among those a final palette of things to work with. Using the rules and logic of putting these together. There are often fixing requirements or arrangement mandates that come from the products themselves which dictate how I can work and I assemble and reassemble components until a balance of form and colour is reached.

I believe the value of a piece lies not in its materiality, but in its innovative design. I am particularly interested in plastic as a material and the expressiveness of colour.

Artist Details

Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand




Diane is currently working part-time at The University of Auckland and was previously the Dean of the Creative Arts and Industries (CAI).


Recent exhibitions include individual and group shows at Seed Gallery, Northart, The Upstairs Gallery, Estuary Art Centre, and the Waiheke Community Art Gallery in Tāmaki Makaurau. Brand was also part of POP at Artfull's Arcadia.