For Vicki Mason, making jewellery fulfils a need she has to create objects that can be worn, that hold special meanings and can potentially provoke in the wearer and viewer a need for a response or interaction of some kind. A dialogue is opened up – jewellery then acts as a portable tool for the communication of ideas.
Mason’s work references her passion for plants to explore notions of place, belonging and the life cycle. Plants native to Australia, exotic plants, plant forms found in the fine/decorative arts and plants used in gardens are just some sources referenced and researched.
Botanical motifs have a long history within jewellery’s imagery so are a rich source for reinterpretation/investigation. She is interested in cross media/material discourses and utilising processes/techniques that seek to challenge traditional orthodoxies surrounding craft making.
Image: Surging fountain (2016), Powder coated brass, cotton, oxidised sterling silver, 4.8x4.8x1.8cm. Photographed by Andrew Barcham