Ilse-Marie tutors jewellery at Unitec in Auckland and recently completed a Masters in Design. She finds inspiration for her work in her immediate environment. 'Living in West Auckland I am fortunate to be able to move between a busy urban life and exquisite natural habitat. So I reference urban and natural formal qualities in my designs.' Rolling feathers into silver cuffs or setting diamonds into concrete pendants, she often explores the incorporation of non-conventional materials and techniques.