While up until her first collaboration Cecilia Jane had always signed her work as Jane Orr. As a result of the collaborative process, her works felt so different that she decided to use Cecilia Orr for all works completed after this.
After more than 20 years as a self-employed management consultant working on projects around the world, Cecilia’s interest in art began while on assignment in Europe and Scandinavia. Feeling so moved by the works she had seen, on returning to NZ between contracts, she took a class in jewelry making, before commencing experimentation with a torch and a few pieces of copper. Adding silver and gold, she soon developed her own style of wearable art. This was the beginning of a new career in Art.
In 2004 she moved to the tourist town of Wanaka to help her son open a café. She continued to make jewelry, moving onto larger works in 2005 when invited to produce architectural pieces for a new restaurant. It was at Te Tawara o Wanaka that she began displaying her larger works, bringing them to the attention of national and international visitors.
Cecilia moved back to Dunedin in early 2007 turning a 2 storied home by the beach into a home studio and gallery.
Her move into collaborative art came in 2008, after meeting fellow artist Julian Maher. Recognizing a common interest in collaboration, and similarities in their work, Julian moved into Cecilia’s home studio and over the next 6 months they created some 30 works for their first collaborative exhibition, Transcending Pathos. A number of these works are included in the Fe29 opening exhibition, First Light.
After completing several more collaborative art projects in New Zealand, Cecilia traveled to the US to investigate the possibility of helping to establish a collaborative art projects company. Cecilia and her new partner established Fe29, and in late 2011 Cecilia initiated the first collaborative art project involving a painter, furniture maker, poet and welder. The project works were exhibited in Fe29’s opening exhibition, First Light.