Jane Downes After an early career in cartography and draughting, Jane Downes completed a Bachelor of Design majoring in sculpture/3D design at CPIT in 2001. After this, she followed her passion into architecture and interior/spatial design alongside developing her sculpture practice. Living and working from a central city loft in Christchurch for several years, she worked mainly in fibre and plastic. Downes now works from her home workshop in a secluded valley near Little River on Banks Peninsula. She sculpts mainly in metal thanks to her engineer husband, Mario’s construction and installation skills. Downes exhibits at major events throughout the country, undertakes sculpture and interior design commissions and designs, and makes and sells objects. Her busy lifestyle includes frequent roadtrips for exhibiting and selling her works while developing a sculpture park, semi self-sufficiency and managing a small tribe of Manx cats.