New Zealand-born Fran Allison graduated from the Royal College of Art, London. As a designer and jeweler, she practiced and lectured in London and Melbourne for a number of years before returning to Aotearoa, New Zealand, in 1994. Currently living and practicing in Auckland, New Zealand, Allison was for some years a special advisor to the programming committee of Objectspace, a public gallery dedicated to promoting the applied arts. She was contracted to Creative New Zealand as Talente mentor and scout for five years, and she recently formed part of the creative team responsible for Wunderruma, a New Zealand jewelry exhibition shown at Handwerk Gallery, Munich; The Dowse, Wellington; and to be shown at The Auckland Art Gallery, in April 2015. Allison is currently Programme Leader Jewellery at the School of Creative Arts, Manukau Institute of Technology.