Kes Harper was born in New Zealand. During her formative years there, she knew she wanted to be an inventor, collecting beautiful rocks, shells and debris from the beach in New Zealand and later
She then trained as a jeweller through an apprenticeship and art college.
Emigrating to Australia mid 1990's led Kes to rethink her path. After working as an administrator at a Sydney Art Centre, Kes started her own business producing lino print cards - a range of which sold in shops.
She worked at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for almost 10 years from 1999, initially in the Gallery Shop then moving to become Education Coordinator with the Art Gallery Society NSW where she initiated and programmed Master classes, Adult, Teenage and Children's Workshops and also taught her highly successful Kids Club.
Moving full time to the Hunter Valley, Kes assisted establishing the Cessnock Regional Art Gallery in an educational role whilst returning to her jewellery making. It was during a visit back to New
Zealand that she was creatively inspired and on return, began making jewellery from olive oil tins. With such unusual detail, lettering, images, the desire to add colour to her work, as well as a passion for reusing and inventing, this became the raw material for her work.
In 2010, her funky eco-style jewellery business accelerated and art teaching opportunities at schools and Regional Galleries opened up.
Originally making earrings, necklaces and brooches just using tin,
"Gleaned", her jewellery business, now includes silver in the range with one off necklaces and lariats.
Kes continues to teach children's and adults art classes and has curated Sculpture in the Vineyards 2017 and Re:Worn – a small sculpture exhibition for Sculpture in the Vineyards 2018.
Making “something from nothing” has given Kes the opportunity to be an inventor, considerate towards the planet and a creator of beautiful things. This she does from her shack studio on her
bush retreat with her kelpie dog, off grid solar power, tank water and a self sufficient vegetable garden, in the Hunter Valley where conscious living and inventing are the norm.